As we get older our eyes go through a process of ageing. You may first start to notice your near vision getting a bit worse and that you need to hold things a little closer. Then you may need to start wearing reading glasses; this is called presbyopia. This is where the lens within the eye cannot flex as well as when we are young and unable to bend into focus and the lens starts to get cloudy.
How to Choose The Best Cataract Surgeon
Choosing the best Cataract Surgeon in New York is difficult because there are so many options. Some patients rely on their optometrists or general practitioners to recommend a surgeon. Many patients follow their advice. This is a good way to start, but patients could do more to research their choice of private cataract surgeon. After all this is surgery on your eye and your eyes are precious.
Does your optometrist or general practitioner know all the facts about the private cataract surgeon they are recommending? Could they at least direct you to a place where you can find those important facts?
What else can patients do to choose the right surgeon?
Patients can ask their friends or family in New York who has had the same procedure.
Overview of Cataract Surgery Process in NYC
Ideally, before it gets that bad we would recommend performing cataract surgery to restore your vision. The main aim of cataract surgery is to remove the old lens and replace it with a new artificial intraocular lens (IOL) to improve your vision. A lot of people know about cataracts but arent clear on what the surgery actually involves.
A substance called viscoelastic is introduced to stabilize the eye and maintain pressure. The lens capsule is where your natural lens sits, the surgeon will open up a small portion of this to be able to remove the old lens and insert a new lens. Depending on how bad the cataract is, the surgeon may first need to segment the cataract prior to removal.
The removal of the lens is called phacoemulsification (phaco), this is where the eye surgeon will use a machine with an ultrasonic hand piece. The tip of the hand piece vibrates at an ultrasonic frequency which makes the lens substance emulsify which is then irrigated and aspirated out. If needed, the surgeon may then polish the capsule prior to inserting the new intraocular lens. The new lens is usually folded within an injector.
Unexpected Benefits of Cataract Surgery
1. Improve your quality of life
Cataracts can prevent you from being able to do everyday tasks such as reading or driving, as well as the things you do for fun. You may feel less independent and more socially withdrawn.
A 2013 study found that quality of life for those who had cataract surgery improved by 36 percent after surgery when comparing those patients to people who didn’t have the surgery.
2. Decrease your risk of falls and fractures
As we age, falls become more dangerous (and even deadly).
Vision loss is a major contributing factor. A study published in 2012 evaluated Medicare beneficiaries (age 65 and over) diagnosed with cataracts. Overall, the findings associated cataract surgery with a 16 percent decrease in the odds of hip fracture one year after the procedure. For those with severe cataracts, surgery decreased the odds of a hip fracture by 23 percent.
3. Improve your chances of living longer
Results of a long-term study published in 2013 associated cataract surgery with significantly better long-term survival of older people.
There are several versions of IOL available for patients today:
Crystalens is unique because it attaches directly to the ciliary muscles, allowing the eye muscles to move the lens. These IOLs move naturally with your eyes to give you a clear picture of objects at all distances.
ReSTOR lenses contain zones in concentric circles that allow the eyes to see images clearly both up close and far away.
Tecnis, like ReSTOR, has concentric rings for multiple-distance viewing. It is also foldable, allowing the surgeon to insert it through a small incision.
Your surgeon in NYC will go over the pros and cons of each IOL and help you decide which is right for your anatomy and lifestyle.
Our doctors are affiliated with these boards and institutes:
American Board of Ophthalmology – Diplomat
American Academy of Ophthalmology – Fellow
American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons
New York State Ophthalmological Society
International Society of Refractive Surgeons
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We service these Zip codes of New York City: 10001,10002 to 10292