cataracts

Cataract Treatment in New Jersey

Here at the Laser Vision Correction Center of New Jersey we are committed to providing exceptional cataract treatment in New Jersey. Dr. Kenneth S. Miller is a highly distinguished cataract surgeon offering the most advanced surgical techniques and treatment currently available.

What are cataracts?

A cataract is a slow clouding of the natural lens of the eye over time. Eventually, the lens becomes so clouded that it can no longer focus effectively or transmit light to the retina. The eye's lens is composed of an outer membrane surrounding an inner layer of protein. Over time, this protein slowly discolors, turning yellow first, then brown, and eventually clouding over altogether. Cataracts are not a disease, but rather a natural process of aging – anyone who lives long enough could develop cataracts.

Normal Eye 
The clear lens focuses light on the retina.
Normal Eye
Cataract Eye
The cataract interferes with light before it 
reaches the retina
Cataract Eye
After Cataract Treatment
An IOL replaces the eye's natural lens after cataract removal
After Cataract Treatment

How do cataracts affect vision?

People with cataracts experience a gradual blurring or dimming of their vision. The effect has been described as viewing the world through wax paper. This can make reading difficult and driving dangerous. Glare, halos, and double vision are also commonly experienced. As the condition progresses, cataract sufferers require frequent changes in their glasses or contact lens prescriptions to compensate for their changing visual focus. Eventually, if left untreated, cataracts can block sight completely.

Is cataract treatment possible?

At this time, cataracts cannot be cured or treated medically. Surgical removal of the cataract (i.e., the lens of the eye) and replacement with an artificial lens is the only way to restore clear vision. In the past, cataract treatment through surgery was a risky procedure that involved lengthy hospitalization. Modern techniques have changed that. Today, cataract surgery is safe, completed in just ten minutes, and performed on an outpatient basis. We offer limousine service for all our patients undergoing cataract surgery.

With cataract treatment in New Jersey we use a no injection, no stitch, no patch, no bleeding technique called small-incision cataract surgery (phacoemulsification). During the procedure, a topical anesthetic is applied to the eye. We then make a shallow, stair-stepped incision where the sclera (white part of the eye) meets the clear cornea. Next, sound waves are used to break up the clouded lens into microscopic pieces, which are then vacuumed from the eye. Finally, he implants a new, artificial lens called an intraocular lens or IOL. The stair-stepped style incision allows the eye's natural outward pressure to tightly seal the incision without the need for stitches.