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 healing process.
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.