Cataract Surgery

Cataract Surgery | Cataracts Treatment | Cataracts Diagnosis | Short Hills NJ | Livingston NJA cataract is a common condition that causes a clouding of the eye's natural lens, and affects millions of people each year, including more than half of all Americans over the age of 65. Cloudiness develops as a result of a buildup of protein in the lens

Cataracts cause a progressive, painless loss of vision. The lens clouds naturally as we age, causing people over the age of 65 to see a gradual reduction of vision. However, cataracts are not considered part of the natural aging process and are a serious condition that requires prompt medical attention. The exact cause of cataracts is unknown, although it may be a result of injury, certain medications, illnesses (such as diabetes), prolonged exposure to ultraviolet light and smoking.

Diagnosing Cataracts

Dr. Farbowitz may perform a series of tests in order to diagnose a cataract. A dilated eye exam will be performed to test the vision and to examine the condition of the lens and other parts of the eye. Dr. Farbowitz may also perform tonometry, a procedure that measures the pressure in the eye.

Symptoms of Cataracts

Cataract Surgery | Cataracts Treatment | Cataracts Diagnosis | Short Hills NJ | Livingston NJPatients with cataracts often do not experience any symptoms when the condition first develops. Cataracts will continue to progress with no apparent pain, although patients may experience:

  • Blurred or hazy vision
  • Double vision
  • Poor vision in bright light
  • Seeing halos around lights
  • Poor vision at night
  • Yellowish tinged vision
  • Frequent changes in eyeglasses or contact lens prescription

Treatment of Cataracts

If visual impairment begins to interfere with your ability to read, work or do the things you enjoy, you may want to consider cataract surgery to restore your vision. Cataract surgery is the most commonly performed surgical procedure in the US, and can be performed quickly and easily with a success rate of over 90 percent and a minimal risk of complications.

Cataract Surgery

Cataract Surgery | Cataracts Treatment | Cataracts Diagnosis | Short Hills NJ | Livingston NJCataract surgery is a minimally invasive procedure that involves numbing the eyes with anesthesia and then making a tiny incision into which an ultrasonic probe is inserted. The probe breaks up, or emulsifies, the cloudy lens into tiny pieces and then suctions them out of the eye. Once the cloudy lens has been removed, a new artificial lens is implanted into the eye. This lens is known as an intraocular lens (IOL), and can often be inserted through the same incision that the old lens was removed from.

Surgery usually takes only a few minutes to perform and is painless for most patients. After the procedure, a patch may be placed over the eye and you will be asked to rest for a while. Patients can return home the very same day, but will need someone to drive them home. For the next few days, you may experience itching, mild discomfort, fluid discharge and sensitivity to light and touch. Dr. Farbowitz may prescribe eye drops to help the healing process and to reduce the risk of infection.

There are several different IOLs available to help each patient achieve the best possible results from his/her cataract surgery. Multifocal IOLs allow for full vision correction at near, intermediate and far distances, completely eliminating the need for eyeglasses or contact lenses in most patients. Some IOLs can also correct astigmatism.

These choices were not always available for cataract patients. In the past, cataract surgery only involved monofocal lenses, which could only focus on objects near or far, but could not adjust to accommodate varying distances. These patients still had to rely on glasses or contact lenses after surgery in order to see clearly at all distances, especially in older patients suffering from presbyopia.

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Dr. Farbowitz is among the first surgeons in New Jersey to offer femtosecond laser assisted cataract surgery to his patients.

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If you would like more information about Cataract Surgery or to schedule an appointment, feel free to fill out our convenient contact form or call us directly at 973-379-2544.

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Patient Testimonials

Staff and services rated 10 out of 10. The results are truly excellent.

- B.C. 25 - Finance

Dr. Farbowitz took the time to answer all of my questions and alleviated any fears I had of the procedure. Its hard for me to remember what life was like with glasses. Its so much better playing sports, swimming, waking up in the morning, watching movies, etc.

- A.W. 41 - Accountant

To me this is all a dream and each day that I wake up I have Dr. Farbowitz and his staff to thank! I would recommend Short Hills Ophthalmology, specifically Dr. Farbowitz, to my family and friends, as well as anyone else who is considering having LASIK. You will not be disappointed!

- J.P. 24 - Teacher

As a result of Dr. Farbowitz performing LASIK surgery has given me a sense of liberation from glasses and contacts that feels indescribable.

- J.T. 29 - TV Station Operations Manager

Having LASIK performed by Dr. Farbowitz was truly amazing. The doctor and his staff made me feel comfortable before, during and after the procedure.

- D.S. 31 - Pharmaceutical Manager

Everyone was very professional, accommodating, excellent approach to flawless surgery, accessible and very congenial.

- L.M. 38 - Public Relations Consultant

Dr. Farbowitz and his staff are very professional, very timely and very confidence inspiring!

- A.J. 42 - Derivative Marketer

What I liked best was that I received a thorough explanation of what to expect, a comprehensive exam and friendly professional eye care.

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