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Patients who have been diagnosed with cataracts will need to undergo cataract surgery in order to improve their eyesight. Cataract surgery is one of the most frequently performed surgeries in the United States and has a very high success rate. If you suspect or have been diagnosed with cataracts, the eye doctors in the The New Jersey Eye Center Ambulatory Surgery Center
can help you, using our state-of-the-art surgical facility.

What is a Cataract?

A cataract is a clouding of the crystalline lens of the eye that progressively leads to diminished vision. The condition most commonly occurs as a result of the aging process and is the leading cause of blindness worldwide. When the cataract first forms, the vision loss may be undetectable; however, as the cataract grows larger more of the lens will be affected and the distortion will become greater.

Over time, the signs and symptoms of cataracts will become progressively worse. Common indications of a cataract include blurry, clouded, or dim vision, sensitivity to light and glares, decreased ability to see well at night, the presence of halos around light sources, sensation that colors are faded or more yellow than before, and double vision. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is important to call us and set up a time to an eye doctor right away.

How are my cataracts treated?

Once cataracts are diagnosed, our doctors may recommend that you undergo eye surgery. During the surgery, the clouded, damaged lens of your eye will be removed and replaced with an artificial plastic lens (IOL). There are a wide variety of intraocular lenses available today and each offers a unique set of advantages to the patient. Some patients find the variety of lenses to be overwhelming, but when you work with our doctors – we will help you find the most suitable IOL for your specific eye needs. With the advanced IOL technologies available today, many patients find that they are able to see even better than before their surgery and, in some cases, without the need for glasses.

About Cataract Surgery

Cataract surgery is an outpatient procedure outside of a hospital that may take about 30 minutes. If both eyes are being treated for cataracts, the surgeries will be performed on separate occasions to allow the first eye to heal and return to normal vision before the second operation.

During your preoperative exam, our cataract specialists will describe the entire surgery to you and give you specific instructions to follow before and after the surgery. The surgeon will use a local anesthetic to numb your eye and keep you comfortable during the surgery. Using a specialized device, the eyelid will be lifted and held back to expose the eyeball.

Ultrasonic cataract surgery is the most commonly preferred method to remove the clouded natural lens. The IOL is then implanted where the crystalline lens was originally positioned. After a short observation period, you will be able to return home with a friend or family member. Most patients see an improvement in their vision immediately after surgery and are able to completely return to their normal routine within 24 hours.

New Jersey Eye Center has been helping patients throughout New Jersey correct cataracts for over four decades. If you are suffering from the symptoms of cataracts or have already been diagnosed with cataracts, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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