Cataract Surgery in Brooklyn, New York
What Are Cataracts?
Your eye has a clear lens through which light passes, allowing you to see. When this lens loses its transparency, the cloudy tissue that develops is known as a cataract. Cataracts cause progressive, painless loss of vision.
What Causes Cataracts?
No one is exactly sure what causes cataracts. In younger people, cataracts can result from injury, certain medications, or illnesses such as diabetes. Prolonged exposure to ultraviolet light may also play a role in the formation of cataracts. Additionally, studies have shown that people who smoke cigarettes have a higher risk of developing cataracts than nonsmokers.
Who Do Cataracts Typically Affect?
People over the age of 55 usually see a gradual reduction of vision. This is due to a natural clouding of lenses in your eye.
Although cataracts usually develop without apparent pain, some indications that a cataract may be forming are:
- Blurred or hazy vision
- Double vision
- Poor vision in bright light
- Seeing halos around lights
- Yellowish tinged vision
- Night vision difficulty
Why Get Cataract Surgery?
If visual impairment interferes with your ability to read, work, or do the things you enjoy, then you should consider cataract surgery. This surgery is relatively painless and is one of the most frequently performed surgical procedures in the United States. It has a very high success rate; more than 98 percent of patients who undergo the surgery are able to regain useful vision.
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What Are Intraocular Lenses? (IOLs)
Intraocular lenses, or IOLs, are the artificial lenses that replace the eye’s natural lens when it is removed during cataract surgery. IOLs have been around since the mid-1960s, but were not approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration until 1981. Before that, if you had cataracts removed, you had to wear very thick eyeglasses or special contact lenses to see afterward, since the natural lens that had been removed wasn’t replaced with anything.
Until recently, every lens implant acted simply like a fixed-focus lens, allowing a person to see well either at a distance or close up but not both. Most of the time, people who receive these simple implants need reading glasses for close work.
New premium lens implants, such as multifocal lenses and extended range of vision lenses, can provide both reading and distance vision without glasses for people undergoing cataract or refractive lens implant surgery. Additionally, with modern improvements, premium lenses are also available to those with astigmatism. Each of the implants work in slightly different ways, and not all implants are right for all patients. Your eye surgeon will help you make an informed decision about which implant will work best to provide a lifetime of clear vision for you.
Check out this vision simulator that can show you what kind of vision to expect from different conditions and different lens implants.