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Cataract Surgery for Clearer Vision

When cataracts disrupt your life, you can visit our White Plains or Manhattan office, where our surgeons can diagnose and treat this progressive vision condition. Cataracts are clouds of protein in the ocular lens; as the protein gradually clumps together, it can blur vision and make it difficult to read, work, or drive. Other symptoms of cataracts include color distortion, sensitivity to glare, trouble seeing at night, and double vision. Frequent changes in eyeglass prescriptions can also be a sign of cataracts. Our surgeons offer suture-less cataract surgery to treat your cataracts without using a needle or stitch. Call our office today to schedule a consultation and begin your journey toward clearer vision.

The Procedure

When you come in for a consultation, one of our doctors will perform several tests to determine if you have cataracts and need surgery. During your eye exam, the doctor will use an instrument to measure pressure within the eye, perform a dilated eye exam, and test your visual acuity. Once advanced cataracts are diagnosed, your surgeon will explain what is involved with cataract surgery and determine what kind of intraocular lens you will need.
Laser cataract surgery usually takes less than an hour and involves four basic steps:
  1. First, your surgeon will make small incisions in the cornea, the clear outer surface of your eye. This will give him access to the lens.
  2. Next, your doctor will perform a capsulotomy, creating a circular opening in the lens covering. Femtosecond laser technology, assisted by a computer, allows for a more perfectly circular incision, which will prevent your replacement lens from tilting.
  3. Third, the surgeon will use the laser to fragment your natural lens, breaking it into tiny pieces so that it can be aspirated, or drawn out of the eye using a special fluid.
  4. Finally, your doctor will insert your intraocular lens implant. This replacement lens will provide you with clearer vision and can also correct myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), and astigmatism (blurred vision created by an imperfectly-shaped eye).

Recovery from Cataract Surgery

The recovery period for cataract surgery is relatively short, especially since femtosecond laser technology is more efficient. The laser thus causes less irritation to the eye than manual surgery performed with a blade. For the first week after your surgery, your doctor may recommend that you keep your eye covered to let the incision heal. Your doctor may also prescribe anti-inflammatory and antibiotic eye drops. After several weeks, you will return to Maple Eye and Laser for an eye exam. Your artificial lens should last a lifetime.

Benefits of Laser Cataract Surgery

While glasses can help counteract the effects of clouded vision, cataract surgery fully restores vision. Premium intraocular lenses may give you even better vision than you had before cataracts developed, correcting myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism. Laser-assisted cataract surgery is often more precise, efficient, and effective than surgery using a microkeratome blade.

Risks of Cataract Surgery

Most surgical procedures carry some risks, but complications from laser cataract surgery are rare. Risks include inflammation, loss of vision, low eye pressure, high eye pressure, double vision, infection, and bleeding. If any of these symptoms occur, contact our office. In some patients, the eye tissue surrounding the intraocular lens clouds and distorts your vision, creating an “after-cataract.” This problem can be resolved by using a laser to break up the collected tissue in a procedure referred to as a YAG laser capsulotomy.

Learn More about Cataract Surgery

To determine if you are a candidate for cataract surgery or learn more about the procedure, call our office today.

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