Research by the American Academy of Ophthalmology has shown that cataracts affect more than 22 million Americans, and are the leading cause of visual loss and blindness worldwide in adults age 55 and older. Cataracts are a common condition among older adults that cause a cloudy area in the lens of the eye. As cataracts grow, focusing and vision loss will persist. With all the tools, training, and technological advances, however, there are many successful treatment options for eliminating cataracts.
Dr. Mathisson has performed thousands of successful cataract surgeries on patients in the New York area over the past 20 plus years. He was the first eye surgeon in Westchester County to implant the original Restor multifocal lens in 2006, which allowed many people to be free of glasses after cataract surgery. Since then the improvements and options for patients with cataracts has expanded greatly. If cataract surgery is warranted, it is performed as an outpatient procedure at our affiliated surgical center.
Cataract Surgery Options:
The recent approval of the TECNIS® Symfony Intraocular Lens (IOL) is good news for people with cataracts. This lens is the first and only extended range of vision IOL (Intraocular lens) to correct presbyopia and improve vision in people with cataracts. The Symfony Lens also corrects color vision for patients and removes refractive errors in the eye. Many patients opt for this procedure, as this new lens technology effectively improves both nearsighted and farsighted vision, and decreases or eliminates the need for glasses following cataract surgery.
Some of the cataract surgery process that was traditionally performed by hand is now done by computer-guided lasers (femtosecond laser), which has improved the precision, accuracy and reproducibility of the procedure, potentially reducing risks and improving vision outcomes from cataract surgery. Each surgery is precisely customized to the patient's unique eye. It also allows the surgeon to use a lower level of ultrasound energy when breaking apart the clouded lens. This advancement in cataract surgery technology can potentially help to speed up the recovery process.
Astigmatism means the cornea is shaped more like an oval then a sphere. For a cataract patient with astigmatism who wants to minimize their dependence on prescription glasses, a Toric implant is an excellent option. A Toric implant can correct pre-existing astigmatism at the time of cataract surgery.
Restor is a multifocal lens that can be placed in the eye at the time of cataract surgery. It is designed to provide good distance and near vision, reducing or eliminating the need for glasses.
The Crystalens is the first cataract replacement intraocular lens (IOL) that allows the eye to have clear vision, and focus both up close and far away. This lens focuses like our eye’s natural lens, and can restore full vision acuity, and for most people Crystalens can eliminate the use of glasses or contacts.