Cataracts affect millions of Americans every year, and about 90% of men and women have a cataract after the age of 65. Fortunately, cataracts are rarely dangerous, and board-certified ophthalmologist Richard Storm, M.D. P.C. offers expert cataract surgery at his practices in Brooklyn Heights and Long Beach, New York. If you’re in Nassau County and need an experienced, knowledgeable surgeon for cataract surgery, schedule a consultation with Dr. Storm today.
A cataract occurs when the lens of your eye becomes cloudy or filmy. Cataracts are usually age-related, although your risk increases if you have a family history of cataracts or have experienced an eye injury or disease. The condition develops slowly, and when your cataracts are so severe that corrective lenses aren’t sufficient, you can have surgery to remove the cataract and implant an artificial lens.
As cataracts increase in severity, they cause blurry vision, increased glare from lights, and can interfere with your daily activities and quality of life. Surgery is the only way to get rid of cataracts and restore clear sight.
In most cases, eye doctors take a wait-and-see approach to cataracts and help you manage your condition with glasses and bright reading lights. However, eventually, you may need surgery to see clearly enough to maintain your quality of life.
Cataract surgery is one of the most common operations performed in the United States. It provides a range of benefits, including:
Cataract surgery also improves your ability to complete routine tasks such as driving, reading, and exercising. Better vision also improves your balance and reduces your risk of falling.
Cataract surgery is a relatively quick in-office procedure, usually only taking 20-30 minutes. In most cases, Dr. Storm treats one eye at a time, with a month or two between surgeries.
Dr. Storm begins by dilating your pupil and numbing your eye and the surrounding tissue. He makes a tiny incision in your eye and uses an ultrasonic probe to break your cataract into small pieces that he gently suctions from your eye. Then he implants an artificial lens, known as an intraocular lens (IOL).
Dr. Storm gives you personalized aftercare instructions. You’ll likely need to wear an eye patch for a few days, and he may recommend that you wear a protective shield while you sleep.
Your vision may be slightly blurry as your eye heals, and you might notice some itching or minor discomfort. In most cases, you can gently apply an ice pack to relieve any discomfort.
Call Richard Storm, M.D. P.C. or schedule a consultation today if you need an expert to perform cataract surgery.