Sight depends on the eye’s transparent lens that allows light to pass through and gives you the
ability to see. With age, this lens becomes cloudy- this is known as a cataract.
Cataracts have no definitive cause. It is a gradual, painless reduction of vision.
Family history, illness, injury, smoking, and excessive UV exposure may contribute to cataracts in
Detection of the formation of a cataract can be difficult but indicators include:
• Blurry or cloudy vision
• Glare from headlights
• Difficulty reading fine print
• Problems with night vision
• Yellowish tinted vision
• Halo vision
If visual impairment interferes with your ability to read, work, or do the things you enjoy,
then consider cataract surgery. Surgery is the only proven means of effectively treating cataracts.
Cataract surgery is one of the most frequently performed procedures with over 3 million Americans
undergoing cataract surgery each year. Cataract surgery has a very high success rate- over
90% of those who have cataract surgery regain vision of 20/20 to 20/40.
When cataracts first start becoming apparent, glasses and better lighting may be able to
compensate for the loss in vision. However in late stages only surgery will be able to
improve vision. Thankfully, cataract surgery is proven safe and effective. The team of
specialists at Freehold Ophthalmology uses the most state of the art technology to remove cataracts
such as phacoemulsification to break up and remove cataracts through very small incisions that
typically do not require sutures.
Advanced Cataract Surgery
Technology has progressed so that patients experience little to no pain, enjoy a rapid visual
improvement, and return to their normal activities almost immediately. Phacoemulsification
surgery is minimally invasive- a small ultrasound probe is inserted into an incision of about 2.5
millimeters and emulsifies, or breaks up the cloudy lens and then vacuums (aspirates) the pieces
out of the eye. Today, flexible intraocular lens (IOLs) are available so that the new lens
can be inserted in the same incision used during the phaco surgery. Once it is implanted
inside the eye, the lens will resume its original shape within the eye.
Anesthesia for Cataract Surgery
Complete patient comfort is a top priority at Freehold Ophthalmology. For every cataract
surgery, numbing eye drops are placed in the eye prior to the procedure. Also, a specialized
physician known as an anesthesiologist is present to give intravenous sedation to calm and comfort
you during the procedure.
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