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Laser Cataract Surgery Specialist

ModernEyes Ophthalmology

Ophthalmologists located in Levittown, NY

Starting around the age of 40, your risk for developing a cataract increases with each decade. As a result, laser cataract surgery is one of the most frequently performed procedures. While it’s a common surgery, your outcome depends on the type of skill and experience provided by Dr. Perry Mollick and Dr. Andrew Greenberg at ModernEyes Ophthalmology. If you begin to notice symptoms, call their office in Levittown, New York, or schedule an appointment online for an eye exam.

Laser Cataract Surgery Q & A

What is a cataract?

A cataract is a cloudy area that develops on the lens in your eye. You may get a cataract in one or both eyes, where it can affect your vision, depending on the size and location of the cataract.

The lens in each eye helps adjust focus so you can see things that are close and distant. It also focuses light onto a precise area of your retina so that your vision is sharp.

The lenses are made up of water and proteins arranged in a way that keeps the lens clear and allows it to work properly. You develop cataracts when the proteins begin to clump together, which makes the lens cloudy and doesn’t let light pass through.

What symptoms develop when you have cataracts?

Cataracts normally develop in people over age 55, but they can appear at a younger age. The following cataract symptoms may not be noticeable at first but they gradually get worse over time:

  • Blurry or hazy vision
  • Difficulty reading
  • Reduced intensity of colors
  • Sensitivity to glare from lights, especially at night
  • Difficulty seeing at night
  • Changes in refractive error (nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism)

How are cataracts treated?

While eyeglasses can improve symptoms up to a point, surgery to remove the lens is the only current treatment for cataracts. The doctors at ModernEyes Ophthalmology perform precise surgery using cutting edge technology, the CATALYS® Precision Laser System.

Laser surgery begins with a type of imaging called optical coherence tomography, which creates a customized 3D image of your eye. Using this information, the specific location, depth, and length of the incision can be determined and precisely executed by programming the information into the laser system.

After making a small incision in the cornea, your natural lens can be removed. Then an artificial intraocular lens is implanted into the capsule that held your natural lens. When the surgery is finished, the new lens can stay in place for a lifetime.

What are the benefits of laser cataract surgery?

Laser surgery has several benefits over traditional cataract surgery including:

  • Precise, individualized incision
  • Clean incision that heals quickly
  • Preserve more of the capsule that holds the lens
  • Better placement of the new lens
  • Easier removal of the cataract

The CATALYS Precision Laser System also offers the advantage of a safety feature, the Integral Guidance system, that automatically and accurately detects eye structures, then communicates images to your doctor who ensures your procedure is precise and customized to your eye.