Cataracts, which commonly come with age, cloud the eyes’ lenses leading to a distorted image on the retina that is perceived as blurry vision. As the lens matures, it also loses its ability to change shape, necessitating reading glasses for intermediate or near vision. Patients often complain of cloudy or foggy vision. If cataracts are not surgically treated, the condition can eventually lead to blindness. People find cataracts can interfere with their activities of daily living, therefore they have the cataract removed to improve their quality of life. At the Weinstein Refractive Center, we offer a safe and simple procedure to remove your cataracts while at the same time correcting your visual needs with an implant. Dr. Weinstein personally evaluates each individual prior to their cataract and lens implant surgery using state-of-the-art technology.
Cataract surgery has come a long way from the time Dr Weinstein started in the field of Ophthalmology. In its essence, cataract surgery is the removal of a distorted, nonfunctional, hazy lens. It is not the removal of a film covering the eye.
Over the last forty years, cataract surgery has gone from an inpatient procedure requiring 5-7 days of hospitalization and bedrest, with 8-10 sutures, and a long post op recovery, to the current 5 minute ambulatory procedure. Gone are the days of thick goggle like glasses and mandatory contacts. Today, the cataract procedure is performed on an outpatient basis, typically with topical drop anesthesia and mild sedation. Femtosecond lasers pretreat the cataract, dividing it into segments. The laser also treats corneal astigmatism at the same time.
After pretreatment with the femtosecond laser, the cataract segments are microscopically emulsified using a vibrating ultrasonic cannula. The emulsate is then aspirated from the eye. Typically, no sutures are required. Once the cataract has been removed, a lens implant specifically powered for each individual is inserted into the eye (seated in the residual lens capsule). The malleable lens is folded into a taco shape, injected into the lens capsule where it opens to its normal shape and size. In that position, light can be focused directly on the retina, to reduce or eliminate post operative glasses.
As with all surgery, results will vary with the patient, their pre operative status, post operative healing and individual needs. Most cataract patients find the procedure to be quite gratifying as colors are more vibrant, the world is sharper, clearer and brighter, and in many cases, glasses are a thing of the past.
No procedure is risk or complication free. However, 99% of cataract surgery is successful. Following the procedure, patients go home with a protective shield and sunglasses. The next day they are seen at the office where they are given directions for postoperative care. Most can resume activities of daily living while applying antibiotic and anti-inflammatory drops for 2-3 weeks.
On the day of cataract surgery, you arrive at Dr. Weinstein's eye surgery center. You are greeted by nurses who will prepare you for your surgical experience. You are able to stay in your own clothes and will receive IV sedation and topical drop anesthesia to keep you comfortable. During your procedure, you are monitored by a board certified anesthesiologist.
Almost all patients do not feel discomfort or even remember much about their surgery. After the cataract is removed, Dr. Weinstein will place an intraocular lens implant (IOL) that has been chosen to match your specific visual needs. These IOL's include the Tecnis™ Symfony, Tecnis™Multifocal, Acrysof® Restor® and Crystalens.
After cataract surgery, you return home and continue using your drops to avoid inflammation or infection. Dr. Weinstein will see you in his Commack office the next day.
Accurate measurement is a critical element in planning for cataract surgery. The Carl Zeiss Meditec IOLMater® is a state of the art system that evaluates the length of the eye, the surface curvature, and the intraocular lens (IOL) power. Dr. Weinstein uses the IOLMaster® to take precise measurements of your eyes, so the correct lens can be chosen to compensate for individual needs.
The Catalys® system is a newly developed laser system that aids in the removal of your cataract. It creates precise incisions and pre-treats your cataract for simpler removal. It can also reduce or eliminate moderate levels of astigmatism. The advantage of the Catalys system is its laser precision.
Dr. Weinstein can offer you the ORA system as part of your cataract treatment technology. This system is the first of its kind to gather data to help in the selection of the intraocular lens, or IOL, that match a patient's precise needs.
Based in Long Island, Dr. Weinstein is a specialist in the phacoemulsification process of safely breaking up and removing cataracts, and the implantation of artificial lenses to grant you excellent vision. Contact Weinstein Refractive Center today for cataract surgery with a skilled specialist.
I have been going to Dr Weinstein for years and I love him! Finally did LASIK and it was the best decision of my life. I'm a few months out now and I am doing and seeing great!