At Vision Center of New York, our eye doctor in the Bronx specializes in exemplary eye care and cataracts eye care. Cataracts are a clouding of the eye’s natural lens. The lens is the portion of the eye that is responsible for focusing light, for producing clear and sharp images and allowing the patient to see as clear as possible. If the lens becomes clouded, light cannot pass through it properly and it blurs the vision over time.
Cataracts are usually due to aging and are one of the leading causes of vision loss among adults 55 and older. Eye injuries, medications and certain diseases such as alcoholism and diabetes are all conditions that can lead to cataracts problems. Cataracts can cause those who have them to have problems driving at night and to have blurry vision from headlight glare. Some may have trouble reading and seeing things close up. Our eye doctor in the Bronx is professionally trained in cataract treatment and surgery. Most cataract treatments benefit from surgery, which is the only option for improving patient’s vision. Eye drops, pills and glasses do not help to reverse cataract development. Cataract surgery is usually done on an outpatient basis, either in a hospital or ambulatory care center. Those having cataract surgery do not need to stay overnight, and find the procedure relatively quick and painless.
During the surgery our eye doctor in the Bronx will give the patient a mild sedation and eye numbing drops or injections around the eye. The surgery is painless and the patient does not feel a thing as the doctor is performing the surgery. During cataract surgery, a tiny incision is made inside the cornea, which is the clear part of the eye. An ultrasound is then placed within the eye, and the cataract broken up by ultrasound waves. Small pieces of the cataract are removed from the eye using the probe and an intraocular lens placed into the space that the cataract was in. The wound then closes naturally and without sutures. The entire surgical procedure takes anywhere from 15 to 30 minutes and the patient sent home with an eye shield.