A cataract is an eye disorder that causes progressively worsening vision
problems over an extended period of time. These problems can include cloudy
vision, severe nearsightedness, distortion of colors, problems with glare
from lights, and double vision. If you suffer from cataracts, you should visit an
eye doctor for diagnosis and treatment options.
If you have mild
cataracts, it’s possible your eye doctor can treat your symptoms with corrective
lenses, like eyeglasses or contact lenses. Because cataracts make your
vision progressively worse, this is often the first treatment method that
an eye doctor will attempt. Cataracts are a degenerative disorder, however,
so even if glasses or contact lenses help for a period of time, cataract
surgery may still be necessary in the future.
Eye doctors recommend cataract surgery when other non-surgical treatment
options have failed, or if cataracts have already reached a severe, debilitating
stage at the time that they are diagnosed. During cataract surgery, the
eye doctor removes the lens of the eye and replaces it with an artificial
lens called intraocular lens implant. The surgery is an outpatient procedure
with a success rate of over 90%.
Patients who undergo cataract surgery will experience vastly improved vision
just one day after surgery. Medicated eye drops must be used for about
three weeks post-surgery to prevent infection. Even after a successful
cataract surgery, most patients still need corrective lenses to achieve
perfect vision. The eye doctor leaves the outer lining of the lens in
place during cataract surgery because it is necessary to hold the intraocular
lens implant in place. This means that a patient may experience clouding
of this outer lining months or even years post-surgery. This condition
can be reversed using corrective eye surgery.
If you believe you might be suffering from cataracts and are in search of an
eye specialist in New York, come see us at the office of Dr. Mark Hornfeld. Dr. Hornfeld has over
15 years of experience diagnosing and treating a number of eye conditions.
To schedule an appointment, call our office today at (212) 580-0881.