Cataract Removal in Rockland County
Cataract is clouding of the natural lens in the eye. It is associated with cumulative sunlight exposure. Therefore, it often develops as we get older. However, a cataract can also be associated with other conditions, including diabetes, smoking, steroid use, trauma and inherited/familial conditions.
Symptoms of visually significant cataract include:
- Decrease in vision that is not correctable with glasses or contact lens
- Glare vision that is particularly bothersome at night or with bright lights
- Feeling as if you are looking through a smudge
- Foggy vision
- Fading of colors
The treatment for visually significant cataract is surgery. When the natural lens significantly impairs vision, it must be removed and replaced with an artificial lens. This typically takes place as an outpatient surgery in the operating room and is tolerated quite well.
Thanks to incredible technological advancements, there are many different options in the selection of a replacement lens at the time of surgery. These include:
- Monofocal lens: lens that is able to focus on a set distance typically for far vision. This is the most commonly placed lens at the time of surgery.
- Toric lens: lens that is able to correct for astigmatism, which is refractive error caused by irregular shape to the front of the eye (cornea). Therefore, the dependence on glasses or contact lens can be reduced or eliminated after surgery.
- Multifocal lens: lens that can offer patients distance, intermediate and near vision. This lens choice also potentially reduces or eliminates dependence on glasses or contact lens.
Dr. Tony T. Choi will review all the options available and help you make the best choice for your eyes at the time of surgery. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Choi at (845) 501-9292