Cataracts are, simply put, cloudiness in the lens of the eye. Many people mistakenly think that they are a growth over the surface of the eye. In fact, cataracts are not visible unless they are VERY advanced, at which point cataract surgery becomes necessary. Even then, they are often not visible unless viewed with the special tools in an eye doctor’s office. There are several varieties of cataracts, and they can cause different symptoms. The three most common types are nuclear cataracts, cortical cataracts, and posterior subacapsular cataracts (PSC’s). During Cataract surgery, the natural lens and the cataract are removed. The natural lens is replaced with an artificial lens implant. Two types of lens implants are available, standard and advanced technology lenses, and Dr. William Goldstein employs both the Crystalens® and the Tecnis lens to accomplish this goal.
The modern thinking on timing of surgery has to do with impairment of activities of daily living (ADL’s). The concept of cataracts ‘ripening’ has fallen by the wayside; this term implies that the surgeon decides when surgery is appropriate. Currently, the surgeon aids the patient in the decision-making process, helping them to determine to what extent that their ADL’s are affected by decreased vision.
How is the surgery done?
Cataract surgery simply involves removal of the natural lens of the eye with the cataract, and insertion of an artificial lens implant at the time of surgery. The lens implant is placed within the natural membrane that contained the human lens. This gives excellent support for the lens, and provides a natural focal point as well. Two types of lens implants are available, standard and advanced technology lenses. Dr. Goldstein employs both the Crystalens® Trulign, Tecnis and the ReStor lenses to accomplish this goal.
LASER Cataract Surgery
Dr. Goldstein now offers LASER cataract surgery to patients who qualify for it. A special laser, called a femtosecond laser, can be used for several steps in the surgery. There may be an advantage to using this technique, especially for patients with more severe cataracts. Patients who select the Crystalens® or Trulign lens implant may also benefit from this new technology.
Outpatient surgery, Eye Drop Anesthesia
- 15 minute procedure
- Pain Free, stitch-free and patch-free
- No injections! Eye drops numb the eye.
- Patients can drive the next day without glasses
Dr. Goldstein will be glad to answer any questions you have about Cataract Surgery. During your complete eye exam, it is possible to determine if you are a candidate for Laser Cataract Surgery. To have your questions answered regarding surgery call Dr. Goldstein’s office at (586) 323-2020 to arrange an appointment, or set up your appointment now online.