As you age your eyes can become susceptible to several problems usually associated with aging. One such problem is cataracts, a condition where the normally clear lens of the eye begins to get cloudy, blurring vision and eventually blocking out the light. The lens allows light into the eye and focuses it on the retina at the back of the eye. Made of protein and water the clear lens can begin to cloud up as a result of aging. Our eye surgeon in East Bronx, Dr. Steven J. Katz, MD will diagnose, monitor and treat cataracts to restore lost vision.
A cataract is diagnosed through a simple eye examination in our state-of-the-art ophthalmology office. As a progressive disease that advances slowly most of the time it may take months or years until the cataract gets to the point where our eye surgeon in East Bronx will remove it. Basically, it is up to the patient to tell our doctor when the cataract is affecting their lifestyle enough to warrant its removal. Cataract removal has become a very common surgery that is performed as an outpatient procedure. Our doctor removes the lens by a process called phacoemulsification, which uses ultrasound to break up the clouded lens into little pieces and that are then suctioned out. Once the old lens has been removed our doctor replaces it with an artificial lens.
The traditional intraocular lens (IOL) will generally restore clear vision and correct most cases of nearsightedness; however, the patient may still need to use eyeglasses for near distance vision. Our eye surgeon in East Bronx recommends the use of premium IOLs, which will allow the eye to focus on near distance as well as far distance. Premium IOLs correct multifocal and astigmatism issues as well, for instance, Astigmatic lenses as specially designed to reduce or eliminate astigmatism, while Tecnis lenses provide the full range of vision for about 90 percent of users. After the procedure the new lens affords the patient clear vision that usually allows them to get rid of their corrective lenses. If you think that you are developing a cataract please call our office for an appointment.