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Cataract Surgery in Warren, NJ
What is a Cataract? There is a clear lens inside the eye that helps focus light. This allows images to be seen sharply. As a person ages, the lens slowly grows cloudy and turns yellow. This cloudy lens is a cataract. A cataract scatters or blocks the light that passes into the eye. As a result, images appear blurry.
When Should Cataract surgery be done? There is no set point, it’s generally recommended that cataracts be removed when they begin to interfere with your normal daily living and begin causing problems with your vision.
How Do I fix a cataract? During cataract surgery, your physician will replace your natural lens with an intraocular lens or IOL.
The Eye Center offers 2 types of surgery:
*Traditional Cataract Surgery: In traditional cataract surgery the eye surgeon makes an incision on the eye by hand with a stainless steel blade and uses a bent or shaped needle to create an opening in the lens capsule.
*Laser Refractive Cataract Surgery or LenSx: The eye surgeon utilizes a computerized laser to make precise, exact incisions on the eye. These laser-made incisions are more accurate and increase predictability of visual outcomes. Laser incisions produce less inflammation during surgery.
Are there Options for my IOL (Intraocular Lens)?
YES - Today there are multiple types of IOLs, each delivering a different performance profile based on how the lens is designed. Here are the basics about the four main types of IOLs:
Patient should expect to wear prescription glasses for ALL visual needs after cataract surgery. You must wear eyeglasses or contact lenses to read, use the computer and/or see at a distance.
STANDARD MONOFOCAL IOLs
A monofocal IOL is a fixed lens (it doesn't move) that is designed to deliver improved vision at just one distance (usually far). The potential drawback is that after surgery, you will probably need to wear glasses for near vision, even if you didn't wear glasses before surgery.
A multifocal lens uses multiple visual zones that are built into the lens itself to provide vision at various distances. It's almost like the rings of a target, with some rings being dedicated to distance vision, while others are used for near vision, similar to having a bifocal or trifocal lens inside the eye. Some patients have difficulty adjusting to seeing this way. Additionally, intermediate vision (subjects at arm's length) can be compromised because the technology is designed mainly for near and distance vision, at the exclusion of intermediate vision.
As the name implies, an accommodating lens "flexes" or "accommodates" to focus on subjects at various distances, delivering a continuous range of vision - near, intermediate and far. Crystalens® is the one and only FDA-approved accommodating lens available in the United States. More than twice the number of patients implanted with the crystalens could see all distances compared to a standard IOL.
Astigmatism Correction: may be achieved with the Toric IOL, manually during surgery or with Laser Refractive Surgery (LenSx).