Cataract Surgery in Boca Raton, Delray and Fort Lauderdale
Cohen Laser and Vision Center in Boca Raton offers cataract eye surgery to residents of Boca, Delray Beach, Fort Lauderdale, and West Palm Beach. Procedure is performed by expert eye surgeon G. Richard Cohen, MD. At Cohen Laser and Vision Center, our Boca Raton cataract specialists have treated thousands of patients, drastically improving their quality of life. Cataracts that naturally develop in the eye with age or from injury, inhibit day to day activity like reading, watching television or movies and driving.
How do I know if I have Cataracts?
More than half of people over the age of 60 suffer from cataracts. In fact, cataracts are so typical it is often said that on a long enough timeline we will all develop them to some degree.
Symptoms that could point to the occurrence of a cataract include:
- Difficulty reading in low light
- Blurred or double vision
- Sensitivity to light
- Gradual dulling of colors
- Halos around lights
- Glare when driving
- Frequent change in your glasses prescription
It is important to diagnose a cataract early as it can easily progress until there is a complete loss of vision. If your cataracts are causing symptoms that interfere with daily activities, it may be time to discuss surgical options at Cohen Laser and Vision Center. People with advanced cataracts often complain their view of the world is like looking through a light fog.
Why not let us help you lift the fog?
At Cohen Laser and Vision Center in Boca Raton, we take a practical approach to cataract vision care. Our doctors can diagnose your vision problems early to dramatically improve your vision and immediately put confidence back in your life.
What Causes Cataracts?
- Medical problems, such as diabetes
- Injury to the eye
- Medications, especially steroids
- Long-term, unprotected exposure to sunlight
- Previous eye surgery
- Unknown factors
- Family history
Early cataract development may not disturb vision, but as they develop, cataracts typically result in blurred vision. This procedure has experienced significant improvements in technology and surgical techniques enabling patients to recover in a more safe and timely manner.
There are numerous options for vision correction during and after cataract surgery, including astigmatism correction, monovision for reading, and correction of any residual nearsightedness or farsightedness. These opportunities can eliminate or decrease dependence on glasses.
What is a cataract?
Many patients think that a cataract is actually a film that spreads over the surface of the eye. Some patients are even concerned that cataracts will make them go blind. In reality a cataract is a natural occurring change in the eye that is a gradual clouding that makes vision less sharp over time. Patients typically report the sensation of looking through wax paper, they often have trouble driving at night and colors seems very dull. As you already know the eye works much like a camera and like a camera the lens must be very clear to see well. A healthy transparent lens absorbs light and accurately focuses it onto the retina, providing a crisp clear image. As the aging process takes hold of our eyes proteins begin to clump together forming opaque clusters. Over time these protein deposits eventually cloud the entire lens allowing significantly less light to pass through. The small amount of light that does make it through is diffused or scattered leaving vision defocused. These protein clusters can also change the color of the normal clear lens making it a yellowish brown color.
It's important to remember that cataracts are a normal part of the aging process and eventually most people develop cataracts in the course of life. The good news is that the doctors at Cohen Laser and Vision Center are cataract surgery experts and can help you solve your problem. Once it is determined that you actually have a cataract there will be various decisions to make and an educational process will be explained so that you can can carefully make the appropriate decisions for after cataract surgery.
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Is cataract surgery safe?
Cataract surgery has been performed in this world for over a century, but it is the recent innovations in technology that have transformed this into a very safe and effective procedure. Cataract surgery is actually the most reimbursed medical surgery by Medicare today! Advanced artificial intraocular lenses have allowed patients to recover more youthful eyesight. Instead of dealing with glasses after surgery some patients may elect to upgrade to a new premium type of lens that will enable vision at multiple distances. In addition to the new lens implants available, less invasive surgery techniques including laser cataract surgery have come to fruition to enable much faster healing.
Cataract Surgery Choices
Once you have decided to have cataract surgery you will have a number of important decisions to make. The first item on the agenda is to select a skilled cataract surgeon. If you are seeking a cataract surgeon in Boca Raton the eye doctors at Cohen Laser & Vision Center would be more than happy to be your surgeons of choice. We have the most up to date and modern surgery techniques available to our patients and skilled cataract surgeons to help ensure a safe procedure. If you are researching cataract surgeons be sure to ask family and friends for recommendations and check out the websites of local cataract surgeons. Once you have selected a cataract surgeon, it is time to understand what lens implant option will be the best for you. It’s important to discuss your options with a qualified ophthalmologist. Your options will include monofocal lenses, multifocal IOL’s, accommodating lens implants or Toric lenses.
The Cataract Surgery
After the proper anesthesia and numbing of the eye your cataract surgeon will make a small incision in your eye about 3mm wide. Modern day cataract surgery is also called micro-surgery because the incision sizes have become so small. Once the incision is made the cataract surgeon will insert a probe to break up the cloudy cataract and then remove the material. A suction tube will remove all of the loose debris and the capsular bag is prepared for the artificial IOL implant. The foldable IOL is then inserted through a tube and then unfolds once in place. Intraocular lenses will have haptics or “lens arms” to hold it in place. With the cataract removed and the IOL in place, light can once again travel unimpeded to the back of the eye and focus on the retina where the image is interpreted and transmitted to the brain. The end result is clear youthful vision.