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A cataract is an eye disease in which the normally clear lens of the eye becomes cloudy or opaque, causing a decrease in vision. The lens is important for focusing light onto the back of the eye (the retina) so that images appear clear and without distortion, and the clouding of this lens during cataract formation distorts our vision.
Dr. Lynn Polonski has been performing cataract surgery since 1997 and have performed perhaps close to 8,000 of these surgeries with excellent results.
A cataract is a common condition that causes a clouding of the eye’s natural lens, and affects millions of people each year, including more than half of all Americans over the age of 65. Cloudiness develops as a result of a buildup of protein in the lens.

Cataracts cause a progressive, painless loss of vision. The lens clouds naturally as we age, causing people over the age of 65 to see a gradual reduction of vision. The exact cause of cataracts is unknown, although it may be a result of age, injury, certain medications, illnesses (such as diabetes), prolonged exposure to ultraviolet light and smoking.

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Patients with diabetes are at an increased risk of developing eye diseases that can lead to vision loss and blindness, such as diabetic retinopathy, cataracts and glaucoma. In fact, diabetes is actually one of the leading causes of blindness in the United States.

  • Advanced Cataract Surgery
  • Corneal Transplants
  • Keratoconus
  • Ocular Surface Disease
  • Dry Eye Disease
  • Anterior Segment Reconstruction

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Early detection of eye disease can help prevent permanent damage. Diabetic-related eye problems develop from high blood sugar levels, which can cause damage to blood vessels in the eye. Over 40 percent of diabetic patients will develop some form of eye disease in their life. The risk of developing eye problems can be reduced through regular eye exams and by keeping blood sugar levels under control through a healthy diet and regular exercise.

Eye exams should be performed at least once a year or as soon as any potential problems are detected in order to ensure early detection of any serious conditions. Early detection is the strongest protection against diabetic eye diseases.

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Tumors are abnormal growths of tissue that can be benign or malignant. Any tumors that form on the eyelid should be evaluated and treated as quickly as possible, and cancerous tumors typically require immediate medical attention. Even a benign tumor can cause pain or damage to the eye, such as blocking the tear ducts or preventing the eyelids from closing. A biopsy will usually determine whether the eyelid tumor is benign or malignant.

The skin of the eyelid is particularly susceptible to damage due to sun exposure and other factors, and this may lead to the formation of a tumor. If an existing mole or lesion increases in size, begins to bleed or changes in any noticeable way, it is important that it be examined by a doctor right away.

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Meet Our Eye Specialists

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Lynn Polonski, MD

Eye Surgeon

Dr. Lynn Polonski is a Board Diplomate of Ophthalmology and specializes in cataracts, premium lens implants, pediatric cataracts, oculoplastics, orbital trauma and lid and lacrimal disorders. Learn More >

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Leslie Weintraub, OD

Medical Optometrist

Dr. Leslie Weintraub specializes in general optometry, diabetic eye exams, specialty contact lenses, pre-operative and post-operative cataract surgery care, and glaucoma management and treatment. Learn More >

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Ovette Villavicencio, MD, PHD

Eye Surgeon

Dr. Ovette Villavicencio specializes in cataract surgery, corneal collagen Cross-Linking for Keratoconus, corneal transplantation, and LASIK refractive surgery and is trained in all disciplines of comprehensive ophthalmology. Learn More >

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Optical Boutique

Catalina Eye care has a wonderful Optical boutique. We have a wide selection of eyeglass frames and sunglasses for adults and children for all types of lifestyles, looks, and durability.

Mont Blanc, Tom Ford, Roberto Cavalli, Chrome Hearts , Rayban , Dolce & Gabbana , Gucci, Prada, and Silhouette are just some of the brands that we have available.

Not sure of the style you are interested in wearing? Our experienced Optician can help you with that choice and we can always order another color or style if available.