Dr. Steinberg offers the most modern no shot, no stitch, no patch cataract surgery and features the Tecnis® multifocal and Toric lens implants. Patients are able to resume all normal activities the next day. Procedures are conveniently performed at the Central New York Eye Center in Poughkeepsie and St. Luke's Hospital.
A cataract is a cloudy area in the normally clear lens in the front of the eye. They are not a film over the eye and they are not caused by "overusing" the eyes -- rather, they are caused by a chemical change of unknown origin in the eye. They cause blurred or distorted vision.
Risk factors for developing cataracts include being over 55 years old, having eye injuries or disease, having a family history of cataracts, smoking cigarettes or using certain medications.
There is no pain associated with the condition, but there are several symptoms that indicate failing vision due to cataracts. These include:
- Blurred/hazy vision
- Spots in front of the eye(s)
- Sensitivity to glare
- A feeling of "film" over the eye(s)
- A temporary improvement in near vision
Replacement surgery may be recommended for people who are significantly affected by cataracts.
Minimally Invasive Cataract Surgery
If cataracts interfere with your ability to read, work, or do the things you enjoy, you'll want to consider cataract surgery. It is the only proven means of effectively treating cataracts.
The most common surgical procedure in the U.S., cataract surgery is relatively painless and has a very high success rate -- more than 90 percent of patients regain useful vision. During the procedure, the natural lens is removed and replaced with an artificial one called an intraocular lens or IOL.
We perform a minimally invasive, no-stitch cataract surgery called phacoemulsification ("phaco") surgery. First, the eye is numbed with anesthesia. Then a tiny incision of only 2 and ½ millimeters is made in the eye to make room for a small ultrasonic probe. This probe breaks up, or emulsifies, the cloudy lens into tiny pieces and gently removes, or aspirates, those pieces out of the eye. This state-of-the-art surgery is conveniently offered at the Central New York Eye Center in Poughkeepsie and at St. Luke's Hospital.
After the cloudy lens has been removed, a new IOL is implanted in its place. With the recent advance of foldable IOLs, these artificial lenses can be implanted through the same small incision from the phaco procedure. Once moved into position inside the eye, the IOL unfolds to its proper shape, restoring clearer vision.
Tecnis Multifocal IOL
If you are recommended for cataract surgery, you can take advantage of this advanced technology lens implant to regain clear vision in the distance and up close without glasses! Patients can typically drive, see TV, read an article, check a price tag, read a menu without dependency on glasses. This ten to fifteen minute outpatient procedure uses a no shot, no stitch, no patch technique that has you back to normal activities the very next day.
If you have cataracts, and surgery is recommended, you will have a lens implant put into your eye to improve your vision. For patients with Astigmatism, you may be able to see more clearly without glasses after your procedure with a Toric lens implant. Astigmatism occurs when the front part of your eye, the cornea, is steeper in one direction than the other causing light rays to be out of focus. The Toric lens is the most reliable way to reduce astigmatism in conjunction with cataract surgery.
If you are interested in learning more about any of our cataract surgery procedure, call 845-897-9500 today to schedule an appointment.