• Exploring the Uses, Benefits, and Procedural Steps for LASIK Surgery

    Laser in-situ keratomileusis (LASIK) is a widely used vision correction procedure. In fact, over two million people have already benefited from LASIK surgery . Thanks to advances in the field, ophthalmologists have fine-tuned this technique for even better outcomes. If you’re considering having this procedure, you might want to ask your ophthalmologist the following questions:

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    How Can LASIK Benefit Me?

    Vision correction surgery could benefit you in a number of ways. If you currently wear contact lenses, having LASIK surgery is a convenient option . You won’t need to continue to buy new contact lenses, nor will you need to worry about the risk of infection from contaminated lenses. Furthermore, many people choose vision correction surgery because they have trouble wearing contact lenses; the lenses may feel uncomfortable, or the patient may have a difficult time placing the lenses correctly in the eye. LASIK surgery can also benefit you if you wear glasses. With vision correction surgery, you’ll no longer have to worry about misplacing your glasses or breaking them.

    Is LASIK Right for Me?

    Only your ophthalmologist can determine if you’re a good candidate for LASIK surgery. However, most people are. You’re likely a good candidate if you’re at least 18 years old, in good general health, and have a stable vision prescription. LASIK surgery is capable of correcting vision for people with farsightedness, nearsightedness, or astigmatism.

    How Is LASIK Performed?

    LASIK surgery is a very simple procedure performed on an outpatient basis. It generally takes about 10 minutes per eye. Your ophthalmologist will place numbing drops in your eyes and apply a special device to keep your eyes open. A laser is used to reshape the cornea, and then an eye shield is placed over the eye to protect it. You should have someone else drive you home from the office.

    Dr. Mark Hornfeld proudly offers state-of-the-art LASIK surgery in his NYC practice. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Hornfeld today to determine if you’re a good candidate for vision correction surgery. You can reach us at (646) 502-4142 or you can visit our website to learn more about eye health.

  • Mark Hornfeld DO Describes the Ocular Response Analyzer

    Have you ever wondered why you have to get a puff of air blown in your eye during an eye exam? Watch as Dr. Hornfeld explains the reasons and uses for using the ocular response analyzer in this video:

    For more information about Dr. Mark Hornfeld or the services he offers, visit our website , and call us at (646) 502-4142 to make your appointment.

  • See Dr. Hornfeld Talk about VESI

    Volunteer Eye Surgeons International (VESI) is a non-profit organization that has been striving to improve vision for those in underserved communities since 1986. Volunteer doctors with VESI have performed thousands of procedures, including cataract surgeries , to help those in need. They also help those who suffer from eye injuries and eye degeneration.

    For more information about VESI, watch this video. You’ll see Dr. Mark Hornfeld discuss how VESI establishes clinics and offers training to local ophthalmologists to benefit communities. You’ll also find out how you can contact VESI if you wish to make a donation.

    At his NYC practice, Dr. Mark Hornfeld is committed to upholding the highest standards of patient care . Please call (646) 502-4142 today and ask about our range of ophthalmological services, including LASIK surgery and cataract surgery.

  • Specular Microscopy Machine Explained

    Do you know what a specular microscopy machine is? Watch as Dr. Hornfeld explains this machine and what it’s used for:

    If you’re considering cataract surgery, Dr. Mark Hornfeld might use this machine during your visit to make sure you’re a good candidate for the procedure. For more information about Dr. Hornfeld and the services he provides, visit our website , and call us at (646) 502-4142 to make an appointment.

  • Take a Tour of our Office!

    We want to make sure you’re as comfortable as possible when you make an appointment with us. Take a tour with Dr. Hornfeld in this video to see what to expect during your visit!

    For more information about Dr. Mark Hornfeld, our Williamsburg Brooklyn office or what we do, visit our website , and call us at (646) 502-4142 to make an appointment.

  • A Look at How Diabetes Can Impact Your Eye Health

    If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, you may be wondering how this condition will impact your current health and future wellbeing. When it comes to your vision, diabetes can have a significant impact, as the following information illustrates. With a proactive approach and consistent professional care, however, diabetes does not have to rob you of your eyesight. To learn more about the vision complications that can stem from diabetes, consult your ophthalmologist .

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    Retinopathy Dangers

    Diabetes makes blood sugar regulation more difficult for diabetics. In particular, it can lead to abnormally concentrated levels that impact the wellbeing of the eyes . The smaller the blood vessels, the more sensitive they are to increased blood glucose. The blood vessels in the eyes are especially susceptible to unhealthy expansion from elevated blood sugar and prone to bursting. Blindness may eventually result from this occurrence. This type of complication is called diabetic retinopathy.

    Heightened Glaucoma Risk

    Medical data indicates that glaucoma happens more frequently in diabetic individuals than otherwise healthy adults. Glaucoma is a condition that affects the functionality of the optic nerve. Ophthalmologists may be especially concerned with the glaucoma risk for diabetic patients because symptoms of the disease may not appear until well after the condition initially develops. For that reason, regular screenings are imperative for early glaucoma detection and treatment that can potentially slow eyesight problems.

    Increased Occurrence of Cataracts

    When the eye’s natural lens becomes clouded with protein deposits, a cataract develops. In general, older individuals are typically at risk for cataracts. Ophthalmologists have found that people with diabetes often suffer from this problem as well. Should cataracts become an issue, an ophthalmologist may recommend cataract surgery and artificial lens implants.

    Don’t let diabetes deteriorate your eye wellness. To ensure that your vision is as healthy as it can be, call Dr. Mark Hornfeld at (646) 502-4142. Our ophthalmology practice offers comprehensive treatment options for NYC residents with cataract, glaucoma, and retinopathy issues.

  • What is Optical Coherence Tomography?

    Watch Dr. Hornfeld explain the Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) machine and some of its uses and benefits in this video:

    For more information about Dr. Mark Hornfeld, visit our website , and make an appointment by calling us at (646) 502-4142.

  • What Are IOLs?

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    IOLs, or intraocular lenses, are lens implants that can restore or even improve vision for individuals with cataracts. If an ophthalmologist diagnoses a patient with cataracts, he may recommend cataract surgery to take out the deteriorated natural lenses. These lenses develop a cloudy appearance due to the presence of damaged proteins. This cloudiness can greatly obscure the patient’s vision and inhibit his or her ability to see fine details.

    Intraocular lenses substitute for the natural ones that the ophthalmologist removes during surgery. In some cases, these lens implants can give patients improved vision at a single distance. Medical advancements allow many patients to enjoy clear eyesight at all distances as well, should they choose multifocal lens implants. With these types of IOLs now readily available, never again do cataract sufferers have to contend with impaired vision for the rest of their lives.

    Do you suspect that you have cataracts ? Let Dr. Mark Hornfeld help you achieve the unobstructed vision you once had. Call our NYC office at (646) 502-4142 to learn more about our lens implant options.

  • Are You Suffering from Dry Eye Syndrome?

    Are scratchy eyes a daily occurrence for you? Do you need eye drops every day to keep chronic discomfort at bay? While eye irritation may often be the result of conditions such as allergies or a cold, it frequently occurs from what ophthalmologists call dry eye syndrome. The following information provides an overview of what this common problem encompasses.

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    Why Dry Eye Syndrome Occurs

    Dry eye syndrome can develop from a number of physical or environment factors. It can stem from the presence of smoke, whether from a cigarette or chimney. Temporary weather patterns and long-term climate changes can also cause this problem. Hot and cold temperatures can provoke dry eye syndrome, as sufferers may seek artificial heating or air conditioning to escape uncomfortable outside conditions. Unfortunately, HVAC systems typically circulate dry air throughout the home or office, which can cause or exacerbate dry eye syndrome. In some cases, past eye treatment may induce this vision issue as well.

    How Symptoms Present

    In general, dry eye sufferers cite eye irritation as the primary symptom. If the eyes do not have the lubrication they require for easy vision, this lack of moisture can make everyday activities such as reading a book or watching television uncomfortable. For some people, dry eye syndrome causes symptoms similar to having a foreign object in the eye. It may impact the quality of vision as well.

    What an Ophthalmologist Can Do

    An accurate diagnosis is the first step toward alleviating the discomfort of dry eye syndrome. That’s why ophthalmologists encourage individuals who suffer from chronically irritated eyes to see a medical professional for their problems. Once the issue has been determined to be dry eye syndrome, an ophthalmologist can then decide the extent of treatment required, which may range from medicated drops to minimally invasive surgery.

    Dr. Mark Hornfeld can make your dry eyes a thing of the past. If dry eye syndrome interferes with your quality of life, we can help. Call (646) 502-4142 to make an appointment at our NYC office for swift and effective eye care.