By age 80, more than half of all adults in the United States either have a cataract or have had cataract surgery. The team at Retinal Ambulatory Surgery Center of New York in the Upper East Side of Manhattan perform the most advanced procedures to treat cataracts. If you or a loved one has a cataract, call the office today.
A cataract causes the normally clear lens of your eye to become cloudy. The lens sits behind the colored part of your eye (iris) and focuses light onto your retina. When you have a cataract, it may seem like you’re looking through a foggy window.
Cataracts are a common result of the aging process, which is why they most often occur in adults over age 50. The lens of your eye consists mostly of water and proteins. As you grow older, the proteins may clump together and start to cloud a small portion of the lens.
Over time, the cataract may grow larger and make it more difficult to see clearly.
If your cataract is so severe that a stronger vision prescription doesn’t improve your sight, surgery is the only effective treatment. Cataract surgery involves removing the clouded lens and replacing it with a clear, artificial implant called an intraocular lens (IOL).
The expert cataract surgeons at the Retinal Ambulatory Surgery Center of New York use the most advanced technology and perform leading-edge cataract procedures, including:
The Retinal Ambulatory Surgery Center of New York was among the first centers in the United States to use a femtosecond laser in cataract surgery. This innovative laser produces ultrashort energy pulses equal to one quadrillionth of a second. These extremely fast pulses can precisely break up a cataract without damaging healthy tissue.
The most common type of cataract surgery, phacoemulsification involves inserting a phaco probe through an incision in your eye. The probe emits ultrasound, or sound waves, to break up the cataract. Then, your surgeon removes the broken pieces of cataract with gentle suction.
They also perform limbal relaxing incisions, which is a procedure to correct astigmatism that your surgeon may perform during or after cataract surgery. If your IOL implant becomes cloudy or wrinkled after cataract surgery, they may perform a procedure called posterior capsulotomy to permit light to pass through for clear vision.
To learn more about your options for cataract surgery, call Retinal Ambulatory Surgery Center of New York today at 212-772-6830.