What are cataracts?

A cataract is a clouding of the lens of your eye. It is a common occurrence in older patients, and can lead to hazy and blurred vision. Most cataracts are a result of the normal aging process.

Diagram of a cataract

How a cataract affects your vision (click to enlarge)

What treatments are available?

While the effects of  early-stage cataracts may be mitigated with glasses and lighting techniques, only surgery can fully restore your vision. There have been some tremendous advances in the field of cataract surgery in the last five years. We can now replace your natural lens with a clear, plastic intra-ocular lens that can correct and improve your vision.

Advancements in IOL technology now allow for accommodating or bifocal lens implants. These new lenses allow the modern cataract surgery patient to enjoy almost all visual tasks without glasses. Do you often use cell phones, iPads or computers? Do you play sports? Your quality of life may be enhanced by never having to fumble with spectacles again.

Intra-ocular lens implants

There are two main lenses that are approved by the FDA for the correction of presbyopia, the Crystalens, and the Restor lens. The Restor is a diffractive bifocal which divides the light into two focal points, near and far. The Crystalens is an accommodating lens. It is focused by the eyes’ own muscles.

For patients with astigmatism, we offer the Toric lens. While this lens is a monofocal, it can help correct astigmatic cataract patients.

Choosing the best lens for you depends on a number of factors, including the health of your eye and your lifestyle needs. Contact us to schedule an appointment so we can discuss the possibilities.

What is the surgery like?

We have a brand new, state-of-the-art surgical center in the building where all of these procedures are performed. Modern cataract surgery is now performed under topical anesthesia using very small incisions. There is no need for stitches or patches. The patient’s vision is usually good the next day, and the patient may resume normal activities immediately.

So if you are contemplating having cataract surgery, call the office to find out what these exciting new developments could mean for you.

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    A.G. Portfolio, M.D., P.A.

    85 Harristown Rd.
    Suite 102
    Glen Rock, NJ 07452

    201 445 5161

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    "I had a patient come in the other day that had cataract surgery done elsewhere. He was not a happy camper. He was on flomax and his surgeon struggled with the case. The patient lost part of his iris during the surgery. He can see 20/20 but suffers from glare and halos.

    "Unfortunately this is an all too common situation for cataract patients. Experienced surgeons have strategies for handling these difficult cases. While no one can guarantee a perfect result, having an experienced surgeon can make a big difference. This patient is scheduled for a repair of his iris defect. A lot of my practice is devoted to patients like this."

    -Dr. Portfolio