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Understanding Your Cataract Treatment Options

Understanding Your Cataract Treatment Options

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.

Corrective Lenses

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.

Cataract Surgery

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%.

Post-Surgery Treatment

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.