Cataract Surgery Center
Turn the Clock Back on Cataracts at Spector Eye Care!
At Spector Eye Care we take great pride at providing the latest surgical advances in cataract surgery. We also make sure that each patient is at ease from the beginning of their initial consultation to the completion of their visual recovery. We give you the opportunity to turn back the hands of the clock, to return your more youthful vision.
What are Cataracts?
In order to learn more about cataracts, it is important to begin by understanding how your eye works.In the normal eye there are two structures that are mainly responsible for refracting, or bending light so that it focuses properly on the retina. The first structure is the outermost layer called the cornea. The second is the crystalline lens, which is located behind the colored part of the eye, or the iris. Both the cornea and the lens must be perfectly clear if your vision is to be clear. While the cornea maintains its clarity throughout life the lens may undergo a number of changes as you age.
As the lens loses it flexibility, it is often followed by another type of change whereby it begins to lose its transparency. As you progress through middle age the normally crystal clear lens gradually becomes yellow and cloudy. As the lens loses its transparency and its optical clarity, it may begin to impair your ability to see well in low light, like in movie theaters, concerts and most importantly night driving. The cloudiness may also create glare, light sensitivity or an overall decrease in your vision. If parts of the lens become too cloudy they may cause a significant decrease in both day and night vision. The cloudy, yellowed lens is called cataract.
What is Cataract Surgery Like?
Cataract Surgery Cataract surgery today is safe, effective and quite common. In fact, if you have been told that you have a cataract, you are definitely not alone. Each year in the United States, more than 2.5 million people have cataract surgery. At Spector Eye Care, we specialize in preparing our patients for this life changing treatment.
Thanks to advanced cataract surgical procedures and lens implant technology, cataract surgery is not only one of the most frequently performed surgical procedures in the United States, but it is also one of the safest and most successful surgical procedures that you can have. Cataract surgery is performed on an outpatient basis and usually only requires a few hours of your time from beginning to end.
How is Cataract Surgery Performed?
Cataract surgery today is quite comfortable. First, the procedure will begin with your eye being treated with an anesthetic so that you will feel little if anything during your surgery and minimal if any discomfort. Your eye surgeon operates while looking through a highly specialized microscope, designed exclusively for this purpose. A very small incision, less than 3 cm, is made at the edge of the cornea.
Through the tiny incision, a microsurgical, ultrasonic, oscillating probe is inserted, which gently fragments the cloudy lens, using high frequency sound waves. Simultaneously, this same instrument suctions out the fragmented pieces. This process is called “phacoemulsification”. The posterior capsule, an elastic bag-like membrane that held the lens, is left in place.
Once all the minuscule bits of the cataract have been removed, a tiny new clear implant lens is folded, inserted through the small incision, and allowed to open up inside the posterior capsule.
Cataract surgery at Spector Eye Care is performed on an outpatient basis and usually takes about half an hour. After your surgery at one our Conneticut offices, you will need to arrange for a ride home, as your recovery period restricts driving.
Please schedule your consultation with our Cataract specialists at Spector Eye Care today by calling our offices in Norwalk 203.853.9900 or our Stamford office at 203.327.1003. We look forward to speaking with you today!