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Cataract Surgery Specialist

Center for Sight of New York

Comprehensive Ophthalmology Specialists located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

About one in six Americans age 40 and over has at least one cataract, and they grow even more common as you age. At Center for Sight of New York in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn in New York City, the experienced team, which features an optometrist and ophthalmologist, offers both femtosecond (femto) laser and traditional cataract surgery, along with premium intraocular lenses (IOL) to restore your vision. Refractive lens exchange is also an option if you don’t have cataracts but want lasting vision correction. Call the office now or use online scheduling to request your appointment.

Cataract Surgery Q&A

What is cataract surgery?

Cataract surgery is a procedure in which the Center for Sight of New York eye surgeon removes your eye lens, which contains the cataract, and then replaces it with an intraocular lens (IOL). There are two types of cataract surgery, traditional and laser. 

Traditional cataract surgery

In traditional cataract surgery, your surgeon makes a small corneal incision using a blade. Then, they make an opening in your lens capsule behind your pupil and use a tiny probe to break the cataract up using ultrasonic energy. 

Your surgeon suctions the cataract particles out of your eye and then places your new lens (the IOL) before closing the incision with a sealing liquid. 

Laser cataract surgery

In laser cataract surgery, your Center for Sight of New York surgeon maps your eye surface and gathers specific eye lens measurements using a camera/ultrasound device. The on-site computer programs the femtosecond (femto) laser for precise eye lens location, lens size, and incision depth. 

Following the mapping information, your surgeon creates a corneal incision using the laser. The femto laser emits impulses lasting just one-quadrillionth of a second each for ultraprecise incisions. 

The next steps are the same as with traditional cataract surgery: ultrasonic energy destroys your lens, and your surgeon places your IOL. You don’t need stitches in most cases.

Both types of cataract surgery are very safe, with proven results. Most patients see clearly in anywhere from a day to two weeks with both kinds of surgery. The Center for Sight of New York team can help you choose the right surgical approach.

What are IOLs in cataract surgery?

An IOL is a new eye lens that replaces your clouded lens. Center for Sight of New York offers a wide range of IOLs that they can easily tailor to your needs. 

You can get IOLs with one prescription, in which case you’d still need reading glasses for near vision tasks. But, you can also choose premium IOLs containing two or even three different prescriptions. You can also get toric IOLs, which correct astigmatism.

What is refractive lens exchange?

Refractive lens exchange is similar to cataract surgery, as it involves eye lens removal and replacement using an IOL. But, with refractive lens exchange, you don’t have cataracts. 

Refractive lens exchange is kind of like having a permanent contact lens in your eye, allowing you to see well without glasses. It could be a good alternative if you want laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) but aren’t a candidate.

Request your cataract surgery consultation online or by calling the Center for Sight of New York today.