Cliffside Laser Eye and Cataract Center -  - Cataract and LASIK Surgeon

Richard Levine, MD

Cataract and LASIK Surgeon & Ophthalmologist located in Cliffside Park, NJ

Cataracts Specialist

Cataracts are a normal part of aging, but that doesn’t mean you have to live with your blurred vision. The cloudiness your see always gets worse over time, but can safely and comfortably be treated by Richard Levine, MD at Cliffside Laser Eye and Cataract Center. You’ll enjoy seeing more clearly than you have in years, and even eliminate the longstanding need for glasses. Dr. Levine specializes in cataract treatment in Cliffside Park, New Jersey. To find how you can benefit, book an appointment by calling Cliffside Laser Eye and Cataract Center or by using the online scheduler.

Cataracts Q & A

by Richard Levine, MD

What causes cataracts?

Doctors aren’t entirely sure what causes cataracts, but they do know what happens and which factors make them more likely. A cataract forms when protein collects in the lens of your eye. This prevents light from passing through, making your vision cloudy. Your eyes may also look a bit cloudy from the outside. All of this can happen for various reasons, including:

  • Increasing age
  • Certain illnesses such as diabetes
  • Exposure to toxic substances, UV light, or radiation
  • Certain medications, such as diuretics or corticosteroids
  • Traumatic injury to your eye
  • Smoking

What symptoms do cataracts cause?

Cataracts can cause a variety of symptoms, which tend to appear gradually. In addition to foggy vision, you may experience:

  • Blurry vision, or a ‘film’ in front of your eyes
  • Haze, halos, glare
  • Difficulty driving at night because of factors such as excessive glare from headlights
  • Double-vision
  • Colors that look yellow, or washed-out

How are cataracts diagnosed?

Cataracts are diagnosed through a comprehensive medical eye examination.  Dr. Levine may dilate your pupils with drops to better examine the lens and other areas of your eyes. As a result, your vision may be temporarily blurry after your appointment. If you wear contacts or glasses, bring them along. While you can likely drive afterward, keep in mind that your eyes may be sensitive to light.

To ensure early diagnosis and treatment for cataracts, aim for an eye doctor appointment at least every two years until age 50, then once a year beyond that. If you have diabetes or a history of other eye conditions, you may need more frequent exams.

How are cataracts treated?

Treatment for cataracts varies, depending on factors such as the severity of your symptoms. If your vision issues can be fixed with glasses or contacts alone, Dr. Levine may provide a prescription. If not, you may need surgery. Dr. Levine specializes in rapid-recovery treatment for cataracts, a painless procedure that takes 10-15 minutes. A cataract replacement lens (IntraOcular Lens or IOL) is placed during cataract surgery to restore natural vision. Patients now have options to receive a standard lens implant and wear glasses, or an advanced technology multifocal lens to reduce or eliminate glasses. Dr. Levine has found that Multifocal iOL lenses provide exceptionally clear vision, close up and far away.

How are cataracts treated?

Treatment for cataracts varies, depending on factors such as the severity of your symptoms. If your vision issues can be fixed with glasses or contacts alone, Dr. Levine may provide a prescription. If not, you may need surgery. Dr. Levine specializes in rapid-recovery treatment for cataracts, a painless procedure that takes 10-15 minutes.

A cataract replacement lens (IntraOcular Lens or IOL) is placed during cataract surgery to restore natural vision. Patients now have options to receive a standard lens implant and wear glasses, or an advanced technology multifocal lens to reduce or eliminate glasses. Dr. Levine has found that Multifocal iOL lenses provide exceptionally clear vision, close up and far away.

What happens during cataract surgery?

During your procedure, you’ll sit in the treatment chair and feel relaxed, thanks to a gentle sedative. Drops will completely numb your eye and as Dr. Levine conducts the surgery, you may feel a mild pressure sensation and notice light changes, which are normal. The steps involved with the procedure include:

  • Removal of the cataract with a technique called phacoemulsification, or “phaco,” which starts with tiny incisions that allow a tiny probe to be inserted into the eye
  • Opening of the surface of the capsular bag, which contains the crystalline lens, to provide access to the cataract
  • Breaking up of the cataract and vacuuming out the tiny pieces, making room for the implant
  • Insertion of the Intraocular lens through the small incision where the cataract was

Keep in mind that this is a safe, effective, and routine procedure and Dr. Levine and his staff will be present to monitor you the entire time.

What happens after cataract surgery?

Your eyes and brain will gradually adapt to the procedure, bringing improved vision over time. Many patients notice excellent vision improvements within one day of surgery. You may experience mild side effects such as itchiness and light sensitivity, which should diminish within two days. You may also notice glares and halos in your vision initially, which should reduce on their own. In some cases, these effects continue.

You’ll apply medicated eye drops, as directed by Dr. Levine, for enhanced healing and be able to go back to many of your usual daily activities, including watching TV, using a computer, reading, and walking, straight away. Driving, however, is not recommended at first. When you’re outdoors in sunlight or sleeping, wear protective eyewear throughout the healing process. Avoid rubbing or touching your eyes as well as heavy exercise or lifting, which can cause pressure in your eyes and interfere with healing. Be sure to see Dr. Levine for your follow-up appointment the day after your surgery and follow his aftercare instructions.

What happens to needing glasses after cataract surgery?

Modern cataract surgery not only fixes the cloudy lens causing blurred vision, it can also reduce or eliminate a lifetime of spectacle-dependence. Dr. Levine can customize the lens implant used during cataract surgery to provide full-focus from near to far without glasses.

Insurance

We accept most major insurances. Please call the office for additional information.

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Testimonials

Words from our patients

  • Google+

    "My whole family and I are so happy to have a great doctor like Dr. Levine. I recommend him to everyone I know!!"

    Alain G.
  • Google+

    "I had cataract surgery with Dr.Levine and would highly recommend him to anyone having a serious eye problem."

    Paul C.
  • Healthgrades

    "Dr. Levine removed my cataracts and restored my vision which is now better than it has been since I was a teenager. My night vision has improved 1000%."

    Barbara C.
  • Healthgrades

    "Two days ago I did my second surgery and I'm so happy- no more glasses! My eyesight has been restored thanks to Dr. Levine."

    Benita W.
  • Vitals

    "Dr.Levine performed cataract surgery on both my eyes and I now have 20/20 vision. I had no pain or complications. He is a superb eye surgeon and ophthalmologist."

    Verified Patient
Location
Cliffside Laser Eye and Cataract Center
663 Palisade Ave., Suite 303
Cliffside Park, NJ 07010
Phone: 201-351-0478
Fax: 201-941-5840
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