Is All Cataract Surgery the Same?
By Jeffrey Martin, MD
Published on April 13, 2010
A cataract is a clouding of the natural lens of the eye, which is located behind the iris. This lens is clear when we are young, but begins to become cloudy as we age. If the discoloration of the lens starts to affect the quality of life of the patient, we suggest cataract surgery. Many people have cataracts that do not significantly affect vision, and those do not need to be fixed. A cataract only needs to be removed when the vision is causing a problem for the patient.
According to Dr. Jeffrey Martin, of Smithtown, New York in Long Island, it is important that choose a cataract surgeon that is proficient in all of the best technology and techniques. You want a surgeon that performs cataract surgery through a small incision, limiting the need for stitches. Dr. Martin rarely uses stitches because the small incisions seal well. In the majority of cases, only eye drop anesthesia is needed because the cataract procedure is gentle. Because there are no needle injections, an eye patch is rarely necessary following cataract surgery.
Dr. Martin feels that it is important that a cataract surgeon be knowledgeable about all of the intraocular lens choices that are available today. There are choices that include standard implants, as well as multifocal, accommodating and astigmatism correcting lenses. As a patient, you need to feel comfortable that you are being given all possible options when you decide to undergo cataract surgery.