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Cataract Surgery in Westchester & New Rochelle

A very tiny incision is made at the edge of the cornea. Such an incision promotes fast and more comfortable healing…and does NOT require sutures.

The bag of the lens is opened and a special ultrasonic probe (phacoemulsifier) removes the cloudy lens.

A small foldable artificial lens is inserted through the same small incision to replace the cataract lens.

The final replacement lens is shown in place. The tiny “no stitch” incision does not require sutures.

Dr. Lippman performs cataract surgery on an outpatient basis, using either eye drop anesthesia or a local anesthetic. The surgery take only a few minutes. The cataract is broken into microscopic particles using high-energy sound waves and is then gently suctioned from the eye. This advanced technique is called phacoemulsification. To compensate for the removal of the eye’s natural lens, an intro-ocular lens (IOL) is implanted into the eye.

Dr. Lippman has vast experience in this area and has helped develop many of the techniques of cataract surgery now used. His staff is very experienced as well, and are also deserving of your trust.

Everyone heals somewhat differently, but many cataract patients report an improvement in their vision right away. Most patients return to their normal work and lifestyle routines within a few days.

After Cataracts
In some patients after cataract surgery, the membrane or “envelope” into which the intraocular lens is placed will become cloudy over time. This cloudy membrane is called an “after cataract” or posterior capsular opacificaton. Dr. Lippman goes to great lengths to “polish” the inside of the capsule bag to try and prevent this from happening. When this does happen, the symptoms are similar to a developing cataract and the vision gradually fades. Other symptoms such as glare, halos, or streaks of light may occur. In about 10% of patients, treatment is required and this is easily accomplished with the YAG Laser.

YAG Laser Surgery for After Cataracts
The YAG laser has an extraordinarily powerful infrared beam that opens a window in the cloudy membrane without pain. The procedure takes only a few minutes and is performed without the need of anesthesia at the Eye Surgery Center of Westchester.

Since there is no incision, there is no risk of bleeding or infection. Vision is often restored within a few hours. Afterwards, patients use eye drops for about a week.


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