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Getting the Facts About Cataract Surgery

Getting the Facts About Cataract Surgery

If you’re considering eye cataract surgery after a visit to the ophthalmologist, you may have some questions about what this type of surgery entails. A cataract is a condition that causes the lens of the eye to cloud over, leading to the inhibition of vision. Fortunately, modern cataract surgery can effectively remove cataracts and restore your vision.

The Surgery

Cataract surgery is a minimally invasive procedure. Because it is performed on an outpatient basis, you do not have to stay overnight in a medical facility. There are many different types of cataract surgery techniques. However, the most common form of cataract surgery uses high-frequency ultrasound to break a clouded eye lens into small pieces. These pieces are then removed from the eye using gentle suction. Following lens removal, the surgeon inserts a new intraocular lens in the place of your old one.

The Intraocular Lens

One of the benefits of cataract surgery, other than removing clouded lenses, is that you can choose an intraocular lens that improves your vision. Prior to surgery, your ophthalmologist or eye specialist will give you a comprehensive eye exam to evaluate the current state of your eye health. This will help him or her determine any risk factors that you may have for the surgery. It will also help the surgeon determine what kind of intraocular lens will work best for you. There are a variety of different IOLs available, and your surgeon can help you choose one to fit your needs. Some IOLs correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, and even astigmatism. Others, called presbyopia-correcting IOLs, can help you be less dependent on reading glasses while maintaining good distance vision, giving you a greater range of overall vision.

Dr. Mark Hornfield is committed to providing safe and effective cataract surgery in New York. Are you ready to get rid of your cataracts and get your sight back? Call. Dr. Hornfield today at (212) 580-8881 to set up an eye examination to determine whether you could benefit from corrective eye surgery.