Cataract Surgery

Cataract is a cloudiness of the eye’s natural lens that normally comes with age. Cataract surgery consists of removal of the cloudy natural lens and replacement with an artificial lens or implant. It is  the most commonly performed surgery in the elderly. In the vast majority of patients it results in a dramatic improvement of eyesight.

The surgery is painless and lasts about fifteen minutes in most cases. Patients receive sedation before and during surgery and while awake are comfortable and free of anxiety.

Dr. Jofe has performed over ten thousand microsurgical procedures using a variety of techniques resulting in excellent vision in the vast majority of patients. Our present method of choice is a technique called micro-coaxial phacoemulsification.  It provides for quicker healing and a lesser risk of infection.

Several years ago we were first in New York City to adapt a new technology to more precisely determine the power of the implant.  Click here for more information about ORA. We recommend ORA for patients who need precise distance vision without the use of glasses. 

Intraocular Lens Options

Cataract surgery includes the insertion of intraocular lenses which come in an assortment of materials and designs.

There are intraocular lenses, called multifocal lenses, that allow patients to see both at distance and near, in most cases without glasses. There are several available, including the Toric lens implant, which corrects pre-existing astigmatism. While these lenses work for most patients, not all patients are good candidates for these implants and only a comprehensive eye exam can determine who will best benefit. Please note that insurance companies, including Medicare, do not pay for premium lenses and the additional tests may be required.

The surgery itself is covered by insurance in most cases, for patients who are having cataract surgery. For many patients with cataracts we can provide excellent vision, often better than before they developed cataracts, with the proper choice of implants. However, in most cases patients do require glasses for reading.