Cataracts are a natural symptom of aging, but not everyone is familiar
with what they are or how they are treated. Since more than half of the
US population will have cataracts or undergone cataract surgery by age
80, it is important to
know more about what they are and how they are treated. What is a cataract? It occurs when the protein
in the lens of your eye clumps together to cloud the lens and make your
vision blurry. Fortunately, ophthalmologists can perform simple procedures
that easily remedy this common condition.
Who Benefits from Cataract Surgery?
In general, those experiencing the common symptoms of cataracts should
look into receiving this surgery. These include frequent prescription
changes, poor night vision, glare, and cloudy vision. Since these may
also be indications of other problems, it is important to verify with
your eye-care professional.
What is Cataract Surgery?
The most common procedure is phacoemulsification, also called “small incision
cataract surgery.” In this process, a device emits ultrasound waves that break up
the lens into smaller pieces so it can be suctioned out. It is a painless
method that usually lasts under an hour. Extracapsular surgery is another
common practice in which the lens is removed in one piece. In either surgery,
after it has been removed, you will receive an artificial lens implant
that improves your vision.
What is the Recovery Process like?
Recovery is usually very fast. It is recommended that you have someone
drive you home, but most patients can see well enough following the surgery
to take care of themselves. For a few weeks afterwards, patients typically
have to use both antibiotic and anti-inflammatory eye drops to aid the
At the offices of
Dr. Mark Hornfeld, we pride ourselves on giving patients the best care possible. We perform
cataract surgeries, lens implants, and many other services. Please drop
by either of our New York City locations, or call us at (646) 681-3100.