Are You a Candidate for Cataract Surgery?
Many patients find that as they age their vision is not what it used to be: Fine print is harder to see, nighttime driving or driving in the rain is unpleasant due to glare from car headlights. Perhaps even with your most recent glasses prescription your vision is not what you expected or wanted it to be. Perhaps the change in your vision is due to cataracts.
Cataracts are a physical change to the lenses in our eyes. These lenses focus light onto the back of the eye allowing you to see the world around you. But as we age, the proteins that make up the lens began to clump together, decreasing the amount of light that can pass through the lens. Because of this, patients may experience, halos, excessive glare when looking at lights, reduced contrast sensitivity, difficulty reading print materials or difficulty driving at night or in the rain. Untreated, cataracts can cause legal blindness, severely impacting one’s visual freedom and quality of life. Thankfully, cataract surgery is a highly successful operation that can permanently treat cataracts.
In the past, cataract surgery could only correct your vision at a distance, meaning you wore glasses afterward nearly some or all of the time. It could also not fix other eye conditions such as astigmatism, which is when the cornea is misshapen, or glaucoma, which is when the pressure in the eye is too high. However, modern-day cataract surgery, performed as an outpatient procedure, gives you options to correct astigmatism, reduce or eliminate your dependence on glasses for both near and distance vision, and reduce the need for glaucoma drops.
Trust Us for Cataract Surgery
If you or a loved one are deciding or have decided that cataract surgery is the right option for you, talk to our eye doctors: Dr. Mabel Cheng, MD and Dr. Nicole Lemanski, MD. Serving patients in Albany, NY; Schenectady, NY; Troy, NY and Saratoga Springs, NY, our eye physicians and surgeons utilize the best and most modern diagnostic equipment for eye surgery including cataract surgery. These advanced imaging devices in conjunction with our highly experienced physicians, allow for the correction of many eye conditions at the time of your cataract surgery, including glaucoma, astigmatism, and your reliance on glasses for some or nearly all of your visual needs.
We would be happy to discuss any of the following options with you:
- Femtosecond “bladeless” cataract surgery and wavefront aberrometry, for precision computer guided cataract surgery.
- Monofocal lens implants for correction of distance or near vision.
- Multifocal and Accommodative lens implants for distance and near vision correction.
- Toric lens implants for patients with large amounts of astigmatism.
- iStent implants for the treatment of mild glaucoma and cataracts at the same time.
Call our office today to learn more about your options and schedule a pre-operative consultation. We look forward to helping you reclaim your vision.