By clouding your vision, cataracts can make everyday tasks like driving and reading extremely difficult.
Dr. Laurence T.D. Sperber, MD, PC, provides advanced laser-assisted cataract surgery at his New York, NY, practice to help patients achieve clear vision once again.
Is it time to undergo cataract surgery?
Laser Cataract Surgery Is Safer and More Effective Than Traditional Methods
Dr. Sperber uses a laser to perform cataract surgery because it is much less abrasive, making the procedure safer to the tissues inside the eye.
The incision required for laser cataract surgery is about half of the length of the incision required for traditional surgery, meaning that the procedure is much less invasive.
The combination of lower energy levels and a shorter incision allows for a much shorter recovery time than is usually possible with traditional techniques.
Take a look at how cataract surgery works...
Why do cataracts cause vision loss?
Understanding Your Condition
Cataracts affect your vision because they cloud the natural lens of your eye. When a cataract develops, the light is not able to focus clearly on the retina. This causes your vision to become blurry, colors to appear dull, and difficulty seeing at night. You may also experience light sensitivity.
Typically, cataracts occur gradually and are associated with aging. As the proteins in the lens begin to break down and clump together, it increasingly affects your vision. However, other factors can increase your risk of developing cataracts such as diabetes, obesity, smoking, and family history.
Are you a candidate for cataract surgery?
Factors to Consider:
Good Overall Health
You should be in good overall health before undergoing cataract surgery as certain conditions can increase your risk of complications.
Quality of Life
If your quality of life and independence are severely limited by cataracts, your condition may be at the point of need for surgical intervention.
Reliance on Bright Light
If you are unable to complete regular activities without bright lighting or have an increased reliance on corrective eyewear, you may want to consider surgery.
Laser-Assisted vs. Traditional Technique
Laser cataract surgery has marked an exciting development in the field of cataract treatment, and our team is at the forefront of this innovative, safe, and highly effective technique. Dr. Sperber has worked directly with the inventor of the procedure, Dr. Jack Dodick, to develop the Dodick Laser Photolysis procedure. This technique uses laser energy to break up the cataract, which is then removed through an incision that is half the size of the incisions required for traditional cataract surgery. As one of the first ophthalmologists to offer this treatment nationwide, Dr. Sperber can help you receive the treatment you need with precision and a reduced recovery time at his office in New York.
Dr. Sperber has worked with Dr. Dodick and several experts around the world to develop this device and technique. Thanks to his work in the development of Laser Photolysis, Dr. Sperber is among the most experienced laser cataract surgeons and one of the first surgeons in the United States to offer this innovative treatment. Since the procedure received approval by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Device Advisory Panel in 2000, we have been treating cataract patients with great success and effective results.
Along with less invasive incisions, a reduced recovery, and improved accuracy, you could undergo laser cataract surgery performed by one of the pioneers of this treatment.
Planning Your Surgery
Laser cataract surgery also allows Dr. Sperber to digitally plan your procedure, mapping the surface of your eye and gathering information about the condition of the lens with digital imaging technology. This information allows the laser to target the exact location, size, and depth of the incisions that will be required to access and break down your cataracts. At a consultation, you can also discuss the right type of lens for your needs. Dr. Sperber offers premium IOLS, such as toric lenses. He will use the advanced ORA™ System during surgery at his New York practice to confirm the IOL type and power are optimal before placement.
The Laser Photolysis procedure begins with Dr. Sperber making two small incisions on the surface of your eye using a specially constructed diamond blade. The capsule of the cataract is opened and two probes are introduced into the eye. Using the laser, the cataract is broken up into small pieces and suctioned out of the eye through these fine probes. After the cataract is completely removed, the incision is enlarged slightly and a foldable intraocular lens implant is inserted into the eye. The tiny incisions seal without any stitches and you can usually leave the office immediately following surgery. Thanks to these reduced incisions, recovery is extremely rapid and most patients are able to return to their everyday activities the very next day.
Laurence T.D. Sperber, MD, PC
Dr. Sperber is a fellowship-trained, board-certified ophthalmic surgeon who has been serving the eye care needs of New York patients for over 20 years.
He belongs to various notable organizations, including:
The American Board of Ophthalmology - Diplomate
The American Academy of Ophthalmology - Fellow
To schedule a consultation at Dr. Sperber's practice, contact us online or call us at (212) 753-8300.