Cataract Surgery in Bergen County

A cataract will get worse if not removed and surgery is the only way to eliminate a cataract. Today, a cataract doesn’t have to be “ripe” to be removed. With older surgical techniques, it was thought to be safer to remove a cataract when it was “ripe.” With today’s modern surgical procedures, a cataract can be removed whenever it begins to interfere with a person’s lifestyle. Cataract surgery is done as an outpatient and takes only minutes to perform. It is also one of the safest procedures available with a high rate of success.

However, cataract surgery only corrects vision problems caused by cataracts. This surgery cannot correct vision problems caused by glaucoma, diabetes, age-related macular degeneration, or other eye illnesses or injuries.

Cataract Removal

There are a few available techniques for removing cataracts. Dr. Adam S. Friend located in Elmwood Park is one of the best cataract surgeons in New Jersey. Using the latest technique: FemtoSecond Laser Cataract Surgery or Femto-Phaco.  This cataract surgery technique uses a combination of FemtoSecond laser treatment – same advanced laser technology used by Dr. Friend for LASIK treatment and phacoemulsification, the traditional and most common cataract surgery technique.

After removal of a cataract, a foldable intraocular lens is then inserted into the eye through a small incision, allowing for quick healing time and minimal inflammation using no stitches.

FemtoSecond Laser Cataract Surgery

The Femtosecond laser (FS laser), the same technology that brought LASIK to a level that is now more safe, accurate and predictable, can also be used in Cataract Surgery.  Dr. Friend uses a FemtoSecond Laser to perform some of the steps of cataract surgery (corneal and lens incisions) instead of using surgical blade and other tools.

FemtoSecond Laser can also treat astigmatism during the cataract surgery by creating a relaxing incision in the cornea.

As with the use of FemtoSecond Laser on LASIK, using the same technology on Cataract Surgery produces a quicker, faster and more accurate treatments; providing better visual outcomes and potentially lesser risks.

Optiwave Refractive Analysis (ORA)

Optiwave Refractive Analysis (ORA) is a revolutionary new technology, used by your surgeon to analyze your eye vision and tailor your treatment during the cataract procedure. The ORA System is slightly more expensive than standard cataract surgery. Patients who undergo ORA during cataract surgery generally experience better outcomes and improved vision after cataract surgery.

Cataract surgery is one of the safest procedures that people undergo, with over 3 million surgeries performed each year. When patients add ORA to their cataract surgery, they are enhancing their best possible surgical outcome.

How does it work?

Each cornea is different in shape and size. The ORA system uses Wavefront technology, the same used during LASIK surgery, to create an individualized and detailed map of the cornea. The ORA system also allows your surgeon to see your cornea in detail every step of the surgery. Before the ORA system, doctors had to wait weeks after the surgery to determine the accuracy of the results. With this technology, doctors are able to determine results before and during the surgery.

Is it worth it?

ORA comes with a larger price tag in comparison to traditional cataract surgery. However, our doctors stand by its accuracy and effectivity. The use of this advanced technology means that patients regain the priceless gift of clear sight. ORA also allows our doctors to safely perform cataract surgery on a wider range of patients, especially those who have had previous eye surgeries.

Cataract surgery is one of the safest procedures that people undergo, with over 3 million surgeries performed each year. When patients add ORA to their cataract surgery, they are guaranteeing their best possible surgical outcome. Our cataract surgeons here in Bergen County are known for their great surgical outcomes and excellent care.

If you have been diagnosed with cataracts and would like to explore your treatment options at Eyecare Associates of New Jersey, call our office in Elmwood Park today for your consultation.

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Cataract Surgery:
Traditional vs. Laser

This narrative is an overview of the differences between traditional cataract surgery vs. laser cataract surgery. Cataract surgery is one of the safest and most commonly performed operations in medicine. Now, a new form of the procedure is available that adds laser precision to the operation.

Combined Cataract Surgery and DSAEK Surgery

Cataracts and Fuch’s Dystrophy are eye diseases that commonly occur as patients enter their fifties and sixties. Fuch’s dystrophy affects the cornea, while cataracts affects the natural lens of the eye.

Damage to corneal cells sometimes occurs during cataract surgery. This is called Corneal Edema.  Conversely, Fuchs Dystrophy is often accelerated by cataract surgery.  In such situations, when both conditions are present, Cataract Surgery and DSAEK surgery may be performed simultaneously.

Combining this procedure requires excellent surgical skills and experience. Dr. Friend, one of the best ophthalmologists in New Jersey, performs this challenging procedure.