Cataract Surgery - When is it Time to Have Surgery?
By Jeffrey Martin, MD
Published on April 12, 2010
Many of our patients want to know when is the right time to have cataract surgery. Dr. Jeffrey Martin, of North Shore Eye Care in Smithtown, New York in Long Island, usually leaves this decision up to the patient. When the symptoms from the cataract become severe enough to affect quality of life, the patient should undergo cataract surgery. Cataract symptoms include glare with oncoming headlights at night, glare with sunlight, and blurred vision. Most patients get to a point where they feel they need to do something about their vision so they can see more clearly.
Cataracts are a clouding of the natural lens of the eye that occurs as we age. Cataracts can form at any age, but tend to progress as we enter our later years. There are secondary causes of cataracts like certain medications, smoking, and excessive UV light, but they can also be caused by a congenital developmental defect. Dr. Jeffrey Martinperforms cataract surgery through a microscopic incision using gentle computer controlled ultrasound called phacoemulsification. This fine ultrasound breaks up and then removes the cloudy lens. The defective lens is then replaced with an intraocular lens implant (IOL). This implant is used to restore vision and at times, can offer clear distance and near vision without glasses. In most cases, Dr. Martin does not use needles around the eyes or stitches during cataract surgery, nor do patients require use of post-surgical eye patch. Our Long Island cataract surgery patients return home the very same day and resume normal activity quickly.