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Cataract Surgery

Cataracts are common eye problems that dim your vision and threaten your quality of life. You usually discover the condition by noticing the symptoms or at your annual eye exam. The only effective treatment is cataract removal surgery, which involves removing the defective lens from your eye and replacing it with an artificial one. The best eye doctors are the experts at Vitreous Retina Macula Consultants of New York (VRMNY), with ophthalmology offices in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Westchester. Call the nearest ophthalmologist for a consultation to find out if you’re a suitable candidate for this vision-saving procedure. What Are Cataracts? When your eyes are healthy, the lens is clear and flexible, which allows light to pass through. The lens changes its shape to focus light onto the retina in the back of your eyeball. The lens thickens to focus on nearby objects and thins to focus on distant objects. When the focus is imperfect one way or the other, it’s known as a refractive error or astigmatism.

Cataract Surgery

Cataracts cause the lens of your eye to become clouded. Cataracts form when proteins and fibers break down over time and linger in the lens. The result is a hazy lens through which it’s difficult to see. This eye condition can develop from:

  • Advancing age, the most common cause
  • An eye injury
  • Years of smoking
  • Diabetes
  • Exposure to excessive light
  • Alcohol abuse
  • Obesity
  • High blood pressure

Cataracts come with symptoms that diminish your quality of life. Symptoms include blurred vision, sensitivity to light, seeing halos, double vision and a continuing need to change prescriptions. The expert retina specialists and ophthalmologists use state-of-the-art medical technology to perform successful procedures to address eye diseases, injuries and other debilitating conditions.

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What Is Cataract Surgery?

Cataract surgery is a procedure to replace a diseased eye lens with a new, likely artificial one. Cataract eye surgery is an outpatient procedure that your eye surgeon or ophthalmologist performs in a surgical suite. The procedure isn’t painful and improves your eyesight. If you need cataract surgery on both eyes, your eye doctor does only one at a time. The four types of cataract surgery include:

  • Phacoemulsification. This is a common technique for cataract removal. Your eye specialist emulsifies the eye’s internal lens with an ultrasonic handpiece. The doctor then uses suction to remove the lens from your eye. After removing the lens, your doctor flushes the front chamber of your eye with saline before inserting the new lens.
  • Extracapsular cataract surgery. This is a cataract surgery procedure during which your ophthalmologist makes a large incision in the cornea and removes the cornea in one piece. The lens capsule remains in place and supports the artificial lens that’s put in place.
  • Intracapsular cataract surgery. Your eye doctor performs this type of cataract eye surgery by making a large incision to remove the cloudy lens together with the lens capsule. To keep the transplanted intraocular lens in place, the surgeon sutures it to the sclera or the iris.
  • Laser cataract surgery. Laser surgeries improve the precision, safety and effectiveness in eye procedures. Your ophthalmologist uses femtosecond laser technology to make a cornea incision, remove the anterior capsule and break up the cataract with an ultrasonic device.

If you need cataract eye surgery, your eye doctor at VRMNY examines your eye to determine the most effective procedure for you. The exam and a medical history also confirm that you’re a good candidate for the surgery.

Who’s a Good Candidate for Cataract Surgery?

Cataract surgery restores your clear vision. But your ophthalmologist has to determine if cataract eye surgery is right for you. You may be good candidate for cataract removal surgery if:

  • You suffer from double vision in one eye.
  • You see halos around bright lights.
  • You have blurred or distorted vision.
  • You struggle to see at night.
  • You experience light sensitivity.
  • You’re over 40 and have poor vision.
  • You’re in good health otherwise.
  • You’ve been informed about the procedure and have realistic expectations.

If you’ve noticed these symptoms, consult the VRMNY eye specialists at their offices in Manhattan, Westchester or Brooklyn. These experienced eye doctors are well respected researchers and surgeons. When you seek treatment, they take extraordinary care of you to protect or restore your vision.

What’s the Procedure for Cataract Surgery?

Before your cataract eye surgery, your ophthalmologist explains the diagnosis and treatment options, including which type of surgery to perform. While your surgery is specific to you, the main steps in the procedure generally include:

  • Preparation. At the doctor’s office on the day of your procedure, your eye specialist measures the size and shape of your eye to determine the best artificial replacement lens. Then your doctor numbs your eye to prevent any discomfort. Cataract removal surgery is painless.
  • Cataract removal. Depending on the type of surgery, the doctor makes small incisions in front of your eye to access the lens. Using the access pathway, your doctor emulsifies the lens and then removes it. The next step involves removing the lens and the lens capsule. If the capsule is in place, the custom eye lens is set into position without any sutures. The most common type of cataract surgery doesn’t need sutures.
  • To enhance the healing procedure, your doctor places a protective patch over the eye. Your eye doctor monitors you for about an hour before releasing you to go home. Follow the post-operative care guidelines, which include protecting the eye and using eye drops to avoid infection.

Who is the best doctor for cataract surgery? Find an experienced and board certified ophthalmologist with a successful track record performing cataract surgeries. The best doctors for cataract surgery have experience in multiple surgical techniques. When you seek referrals and recommendations to find the best Medicare cataract surgery doctors, you’ll find them at VRMNY. Contact us to find the best doctor for cataract surgery today.

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Updated on May 17, 2022 by Ophthalmologists & Retina Specialists of Vitreous Retina Macula Consultants of New York

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