Cataract Surgery in Westchester County, including White Plains, New Rochelle, Rye
Dr. Jay Lippman
As a leading Westchester County cataract surgeon, Dr. Lippman understands that an important part to any treatment is patient education. Please read the information below to learn more about cataracts and the different forms of treatment offered by Dr. Lippman.
What Are Cataracts?
A cataract is the clouding of the normally clear lens of the eye. The eye’s lens works like a camera lens focusing light rays on the light-sensitive tissue at the back of the eye. When the lens is obscured, light rays cannot focus properly. As a result, images appear dull, colors look less bright and light from the sun or a lamp begins to appear unusually intense. As the lens gradually becomes more clouded, vision worsens. If left untreated, cataract(s) can lead to complete vision loss in the affected eye(s). Cataracts typically begin to develop when we reach our forties but often symptoms are not noticeable until our sixties and later. If you are beginning to notice blurry vision, make an appointment with your Westchester ophthalmologist.
If you notice these symptoms and suspect that you might be suffering from cataracts, please use our contact page to schedule a one-on-one consultation with the highly experienced Westchester County cataracts surgeon Dr. Lippman. To help him better assess your condition and determine the most suitable treatment, please complete our patient questionnaire.
Cataract Surgery in Westchester County
Currently, the only available cataract treatment is cataract surgery. While many patients feel apprehensive about undergoing cataract surgery, the use of latest surgical techniques makes it a very effective treatment with low risk of complications. In fact, every year more than 3 million Americans undergo this procedure, making it the most frequently performed surgical procedure in the United States.
Dr. Lippman specializes in “no needle - no stitch” cataract surgery. He begins each cataract surgery by creating a tiny incision at the edge of the cornea. The small incision size promotes speedy, comfortable recovery and does not require post-operative sutures. During the next step of the procedure, Dr. Lippman gently opens the bag enclosing the eye’s lens and uses a special ultrasonic probe (phacoemulsifier) to remove the clouded lens. The lens is removed by breaking it into microscopic particles and then carefully suctioning these particles out of the eye.
After the clouded lens is removed, Dr. Lippman replaces it with a sophisticated intraocular lens implant (IOL) such as Crystalens. The IOL becomes a permanent part of the eye, providing patients with clear vision at various distances, often without glasses. The complete cataract surgery takes only a few minutes to complete. Dr. Lippman performs it on an outpatient basis, using either eye drop anesthesia or a local anesthetic.
After Cataract Surgery
While each individual heals somewhat differently, many of Dr. Lippman’s Westchester County patients, including Mount Vernon, Peekskill and White Plains cataracts patients, report a significant improvement in their vision immediately after their surgery. The vast majority of patients return to work and their normal lifestyle routines within a few days following their cataracts treatment.
While cataract surgery usually delivers permanent vision improvement, in rare cases the membrane “envelope” covering the IOL becomes clouded over time. This cloudy membrane is called an “after cataract” and it causes symptoms similar to those of cataracts — hazy vision, glare, haloes and/or streaks of light. About 10 percent of patients who develop “after cataracts” require additional treatment, which is delivered with a special YAG laser and takes only a few minutes.
The YAG laser has a powerful infrared beam that opens a window in the cloudy membrane without pain, which is why the YAG procedure is usually performed without anesthesia. Since there is no incision, there is no risk of bleeding or infection. Vision is often restored within a few hours. To reduce the risk of post-operative inflammation, Dr. Lippman usually recommends that his Westchester County cataracts patients use special eye drops for about a week.
If your vision has become cloudy due to cataracts, please consult with Dr. Lippman. As one of the most highly regarded County of Westchester LASIK and cataracts surgeons, he has vast experience in these areas of eye surgery. He has helped numerous patients restore clear vision by providing them with advanced eye surgeries, and he is deserving of your trust.
Q: Is cataract surgery considered to be a serious surgery?
A: All surgeries are considered serious and involve some risk. However, cataract surgery is one of the most commonly performed procedures in the United States. At Lippman Eyecare Center you will be in very skilled and experienced hands.
Q: Will my cataract surgery hurt?
A: During your cataract procedure you will be awake, but steps are taken before, during and after the surgery to minimize pain. It is likely that you will not remember most of the cataract procedure.
Q: When do I need to start thinking about having cataract surgery?
A: Normally, you should start thinking seriously about cataract surgery at Lippman Eyecare Center when cataracts begin to affect your everyday vision.
Q: Is there a way I can help prevent cataracts?
A: Unfortunately, there is no way to prevent cataracts. Cataracts are a natural part of the aging process, and all of us eventually develop them. If you are concerned about your cataracts, please contact Dr. Lippman for a consultation to see if you are a candidate for cataract surgery in Westchester.
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