Dr. Rosenthal is an expert in cataract removal, and has been performing cataract surgery for many years. With modern technology, cataract removal is safer, esier and more effective than ever. Dr. Rosenthal has led the field of ophthalmology in innovating and introducing cutting edge technology for the last four decades. In 1997, he was the first cataract surgeon in the Northeastern United States to implant a "multifocal" intraocular lens which results in a nearly complete range of vision without the need for spectacles.
Cataracts happen to almost everyone as they age, and there are no proven methods of prevention. The natural crystalline lens inside of our eye begins to cloud with age, causing blurry and distorted vision. Cataracts take years to develop, and can cause blindness if left long enough. Fortunately, cataracts can be removed at any stage of development. In the early stages of cataracts, you may be given a stronger eyeglass or contact lens prescription to help in the mean time. After a while, corrective lenses are not effective, and cataract surgery is the best option.
Cataract surgery is one of the most common eye related procedures in the United States. Since cataracts are so common, technology is constantly changing to become even better. Cataract surgery today is extremely safe and effective. Dr. Rosenthal has performed thousands of cataract surgical procedures, including a large percentage of complex cases referred by other eye surgeons. This experience has made him one of the most skilled surgeons in the world.
Dr. Rosenthal will examine your eyes to determine if cataract surgery is appropriate for you. Following the comprehensive examination, Dr. Rosenthal will discuss all options which are available to you, including the choice to have surgery performed using a special laser, called the "Femtosecond Laser," to improve the accuracy, safety and predictability of your surgery. He will also determine if you are a candidate for a multifocal lens or an astigmatism correcting lens (also called a "Toric lens"), which will reduce or eliminate your dependence on glasses , even for reading, after surgery.
The most common method of cataract surgery is called phacoemulsification. This surgery is begun by creating small incisions in the side of the cornea, where Dr. Rosenthal will insert a tiny instrument that uses high-frequency ultrasound waves to break up the cataract affected lens and carefully vacuum it out. After the cloudy lens is removed, Dr. Rosenthal will replace it with an intra-ocular lens (IOL). This implant is made of plastic, silicone, or acrylic, and is meant to stimulate the natural lens in the eye. In many cases your vision can be restored to a state which is even more clear than your youthful vision, though a customized technology called "wavefront matching."
Recovery from cataract surgery is rapid. Most patients see well enough to drive on the first day after surgery. In the weeks following your surgery, it is very important to use your eye drop medication as prescribed by Dr. Rosenthal.