About Cataract Surgery
The decision to have cataract surgery starts with a personal evaluation by Dr. Gary S. Hirshfield in Queens, NY. Your complete medical history will be taken as well as a complete history of your current and past eye problems. Dr. Hirshfield will then personally perform a thorough examination of your eyes. Many conditions can affect your vision. If Dr. Hirshfield determines that a cataract is causing your loss of vision you will then have the option of scheduling surgery.
Cataract surgery is one of the most commonly performed procedures in the United States. It is extremely effective in restoring vision and quality of life. While no procedure can be guaranteed, the success rate of cataract surgery is at least 98 %. The time from arrival to our surgical center in Queens to your trip home is often less than 2 hours. It is a painless procedure usually performed in 15 minutes or less and is done under topical or local anesthesia. Microincisions are used and are less than 3 mm and therefore require no suturing. The cataract is emulsified in the eye by an ultrasound probe or a tiny water jet that allows us to use these small incisions. After the cataract is removed an intraocular lens implant is placed in the eye so that the vision is restored. It is very unusual to have symptoms worse than a mild irritation or foreign body sensation post operatively. In most cases resuming of normal activities will be the same day as the cataract surgery or the next day. The vision can become much clearer by the first day.
The LenSx laser is an advanced based technology. It operates with precision and is computer-controlled, allowing the surgeon to customize the procedure to the patient’s eye. It is the most technologically advanced option for cataract patients. View the video below to learn more.