CataractsCataracts - Park Avenue Laser Vision - Eye Institute - Dr. Robert Ditkoff-New York Astoria
Imagine what your vision would be like if your eyes were covered by a sheet of wax paper. For millions of Americans with cataracts, this is how their world appears every day. Dull colors, blurry images–it’s as if a film needs to be removed from the eyes to restore clear vision.

Cataracts are a clouding or discoloration within the lens of the eye. The clouded lens distorts and blocks the passage of light through the eye to the retina, causing vision to be dull, blurred, and indistinct. Over time, some cataracts grow large enough to affect vision, and they can progress to the point of blindness. When they interfere with your vision and daily activities, it’s time to remove the cloudy lens and exchange it for a new, crystal clear lens. While cataracts can affect people of any age, they are most common in older adults. In fact, two-thirds of all adults over age 60 have some sign of cataract formation.

Not all that many years ago, surgery to remove cataracts involved making an incision in the eye that had to be closed with stitches, making recovery lengthy and uncomfortable. Because the lens had been removed, the patient had to wear eyeglasses with thick lenses in order to regain some of the lost vision.

That was then. Now with a “no needle, no stitch, no patch” cataract correction procedure, it is possible to restore clear vision and reclaim your life with relatively little discomfort or inconvenience. After removal of the cataract-damaged lens, a synthetic intraocular lens (IOL), made from soft acrylic or medical-grade silicone, is implanted. At Park Avenue Eye Institute, cataract surgery is performed on an outpatient basis. Vision generally improves quickly and most patients can return to normal activities the next day. Complete recover usually occurs within a few weeks.