Cataracts affect millions of Americans each year. For most, surgery is the only effective treatment option to restore vision. At Rockland Eye Physicians & Surgeons, our doctors specialize in the detection and surgical treatment of cataracts. In addition, patients pursuing cataract surgery have a number of artificial lens options to restore their vision. Our West Nyack and Garnerville, NY, locations offer monofocal, toric, and presbyopia-correcting intraocular lenses (IOLs) to replace your cloudy, natural lens. We can provide the precise, safe treatment you need to restore your vision during a quick, out-patient procedure to improve your vision and quality of life.
How Cataracts Impact Vision
When a cataract forms within the lens of the eye, vision can become blurred and significantly impacted. To treat cataracts, the natural lens is removed and replaced with an artificial lens. Known as an intraocular lens, or an IOL, this artificial lens restores the ability to properly focus light on the retina.
What to Expect During Surgery
Cataract surgery is relatively quick. It takes about 30 minutes to complete and you can return home after your procedure. After dilating the pupil, we will numb your eye with specialized anesthetic eyedrops. Once the eye is numbed and you are ready, we can create a small incision in the eye. Through this incision, we will use an ultrasonic device to break the natural, clouded the lens into smaller pieces for easier removal. This step creates less of an impact on the surrounding tissues and allows us to gently remove the lens pieces with suction.
Once the natural lens has been completely removed, we can place an artificial lens and close the incisions. We will place a protective bandage as well as a plastic shield to protect your eye. You will need a friend or family member to drive you home after your surgery. Your vision will typically be much clearer almost immediately following the surgery, and will continue to improve somewhat as your eye recovers. We will have you return for a follow-up appointment the next day. Generally, if you have cataracts in both eyes, we only perform surgery on one eye at a time.
There are different IOL options that can improve vision problems in addition to addressing cataracts. We offer, monofocal, toric, and multifocal artificial lenses. Your vision is very important, and it can seem difficult to choose the right artificial lens. We have developed a lifestyle questionnaire to help patients determine which type of IOL may work best for them.
With a safe, proven procedure we can help you better see the faces of the people you love and enjoy the world around you once more.
Advantages of Cataract Surgery
Cataract surgery can eliminate any blurred vision you may have been experiencing due to the cataract. As an added bonus, you can select an IOL to help improve your overall vision as well. This can reduce your dependence on glasses or contacts. With a safe, proven procedure we can help you better see the faces of the people you love and enjoy the world around you once more.
Is Cataract Surgery Right for You?
If you are experiencing clouded or blurry vision, you may have a cataract. Contact our ophthalmology office online or call (845) 947-2240 to schedule an appointment so we can conduct a thorough examination.