Surgery & Lens Implants

About Cataracts

Cataracts are a problem experienced by a great number of people just like you. Cataracts are a common cause of vision problems among people in their 50’s and 60’s and they are actually a major cause of senior eye problems and vision loss. More than 20 million Americans age 40 and older have cataracts and more than half of all Americans develop cataracts by age 80. A cataract is a clouding of the crystalline lens of the eye preventing light rays from passing through it easily. This results in a clouding and blurring of vision. For many patients, cataracts start out slowly and have little effect on vision at first. But, as the cataract becomes denser, so does the impact on vision.

Symptoms of Cataracts

If you are developing a cataract or already have cataracts you may experience symptoms such as a clouding or blurring of your vision and perhaps feel that you might need a change of eyeglasses. You may notice that it is not as easy to see well and comfortably in dim illumination, such as for night driving. You may notice that colors look faded and you may be bothered by glare, haloes, light sensitivity and a continuing decrease in your vision. These are the visual symptoms that are common for those patients whose crystalline lens has clouded and formed a cataract. If you are experiencing one of more of these symptoms please be sure to let your doctor know at your eye exam.

About Cataract Surgery

During cataract surgery we remove cataract and replace it with a clear permanent lens implant (IOL) in order to correct your vision. Among seniors and “baby boomers,” cataract surgery is one of the safest, most effective, predictable and common operations performed the U.S with more than 2.5 million people having cataract surgery & lens implants each year. At Coastal Jersey Eye Care Cataract Surgeon Stephen Uretsky, M.D. typically performs the cataract operation and lens implant surgery on an outpatient basis at the Jersey Shore Ambulatory Surgery Center in Somers Point which offers comfortable and convenient same-day surgery.

The Cataract Surgery Procedure

Preparation for your cataract operation will begin with a few sets of drops being placed in your eye to dilate your pupil. Additionally, your eye will be treated with anesthetic drops to numb the surface of your eye so that you will feel little if any discomfort during your cataract surgery. In addition you will be given medicines to help you relax if desired. You will be at the surgery for about two hours in total and the actual cataract surgery procedure usually takes less than 30 minutes and is not uncomfortable.

About Lens Implants

During your cataract exam and preoperative measurement visit, Dr. Uretsky and the staff will discuss choosing a cataract lens implant to correct your vision and help you see clearly. We may suggest a cataract lens implant to correct vision at a full range of vision such as the TECNIS Symfony® Extended Depth of Focus IOL or AcrySof® IQ PanOptix™ Trifocal Lens Implant, or if you have astigmatism, a toric lens implant to correct astigmatism such as the TECNIS Toric Lens Implant, so that you can reduce your dependence on glasses after cataract surgery. We will take the time necessary to answer all of your questions so you can relax on the day of your surgery.

We will arrange to see you within 24 hours of your cataract & lens implant procedure so we can examine you in order to confirm that you are healing and seeing as planned. We will also prescribe some eye drops for you to use and will ask you to wear a protective shield, mainly at night, to remind you not to accidentally rub your eye. Although each patient will heal a little bit differently, the majority of patients having cataract surgery with the cataract surgeons at Coastal Jersey Eye Center are able to see well enough to return to their routine daily activities within a day or so after their procedure.

Cataract Surgery and Glaucoma

Many patients with glaucoma will eventually need cataract surgery.  iStent provides a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to better control glaucoma and also restore vision during cataract surgery.  Multiple studies show that about 80% of individuals undergoing cataract surgery and iStent implantation can reduce the number of glaucoma medications they require for adequate control.  Some can eliminate medication altogether.  Given the inconvenience, expense and occasional side-effects of eye drops, this is a wonderful opportunity to better control the disease.

Placing the iStent® during cataract surgery adds only a few moments to the surgery and is entirely painless.  Recovery after surgery is similar to that following cataract surgery alone.  Many studies throughout the world have shown that iStent® is an effective and safe treatment to reduce the burden imposed on patients with glaucoma.