CATARACT SURGERY

In New York City

Dr. Rapoport is a cataract surgery expert and has extensive expertise in refractive cataract surgery. Nowadays, besides just removing the cloudy leans, you have the ability to correct your vision so that your reliance on glasses is minimal. She does this using when appropriate a combination femtosecond laser assisted cataract surgery to correct astigmatism, and a variety of intraocular lenses such as toric lenses (to correct astigmatism), multifocal, trifocal, and extended depth of field lenses. 

CATARACT SURGERY NYC

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CATARACT SURGERY FAQS

What Is A Cataract?

A cataract forms when the naturally clear lens of the eye becomes cloudy. It causes painless but progressive loss of vision. Other symptoms include glare, halos, needing more light to read, decrease color perception, and frequent changes in eyeglass prescription. Cataracts are quite common among adults 60 and older; in fact, everyone will ultimately develop a cataract if they live long enough. Cataracts are generally caused by the natural aging process, but can occur with certain medical conditions, after trauma, after intraocular eye surgery, or after using certain medications. 

Why Cataract Surgery?

There are no effective medical treatments for cataracts. Visually significant cataracts require surgery to improve visual function. Dr. Rapoport performs surgical removal of the cataract and implants a replacement lens as an outpatient procedure in the operating room. During this procedure, the cataract lens is broken into small fragments and removed from the eye using a combination of laser and an ultrasound probe through a microscopic incision in the front of the eye. The cataract is then replaced with a foldable, lens implant to restore the function of the natural lens that was removed. 

What to Expect from Cataract Surgery?

Surgery and the post-operative healing period are usually associated with only minor discomfort. Patients are usually able to resume normal activities the next day. Heavy exercise is limited the first week. You will be asked to wear a shield over your eye when you sleep at night. Driving is typically safe the next day, depending on the vision in the other eye.The lens implant takes some time to stabilize within the eye, so optimal visual recovery occurs within a month. Cataracts are typically present in both eyes. Surgery in the fellow eye may be required within several weeks or possibly not for years after surgery in the first eye. A variety of intraocular lenses are available for implantation during cataract surgery, including monofocal, monovision, toric, extended depth of field, and multifocal lenses.
Dr. Rapoport spends time with each patient to assess their individual visual needs and together with the patient comes up with the best implant and customized vision plan for each patient.

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Cataract Surgery in NYC with Dr. Rapoport

Dr. Rapoport is a cataract surgery expert and has extensive expertise in refractive cataract surgery. Nowadays, besides just removing the cloudy leans, you have the ability to correct your vision so that your reliance on glasses is minimal. She does this using when appropriate a combination femtosecond laser assisted cataract surgery to correct astigmatism, and a variety of intraocular lenses such as toric lenses (to correct astigmatism), multifocal, trifocal, and extended depth of field lenses. Dr. Rapoport has experience implanting both the Symfony and the Alcon Panoptix lens, the newest FDA-approved lens that is providing excellent distance and near vision. Dr. Rapoport takes meticulous measurements and calculations at your cataract surgery consultation, and guides each patient to a well-informed individualized surgical plan, taking into account your specific ocular circumstances and visual goals.
Additionally, Dr. Rapoport is one of the first surgeons in New York City to successfully use the Ocular Therapetuix’ Dextenza insert routinely after cataract surgery to minimize the quantity and length of time that a patient has to be on drops after surgery. Dr. Rapoport inserts this device at the end of surgery by and it time releases a steroid medication over the course of the month after surgery. This allows for most patients to not need a steroid drop post –operatively.
In the past, patients had to be on up to 3 drops for 6 weeks. Now most patients will only need to be on 1 drop for a week post-operatively. This is a huge relief for patients who struggle to put drops in, for various reasons such as cost, cosmesis, poor dexterity, discomfort, corneal toxicity, or forgetfulness.