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Do I Need Cataract Surgery?

Do I Need Cataract Surgery?


Finding out that you have cataracts is understandably concerning; you may be wondering if your vision will get worse and if it will impact the way that you live. Surgery is often recommended to patients with cataracts that are affecting their vision and ability to perform normal daily tasks. 

What are cataracts?

The eyes have several different structures that serve different purposes. The lens, a flexible, curved section of tissue, is one of the most important. The lens helps to focus light that enters your eye, so that the images you see are clear. If a cataract forms, it's because too much of a natural protein contained within the lens has collected in one area. The overall effect of cataracts can make it appear as though you're looking through fog or a dusty window. Cataracts can also cause double vision, dull colors, or produce a halo effect around lights. Noticeable cataracts primarily are seen in people over the age of 60. Although, people in their 40's and 50's may have development of small cataracts and not realize or be affected by it.

How can cataract surgery help?

Christopher T. Coad, MD, FACS is a board-certified ophthalmologist and founder of Chelsea Eye Ophthalmology. As a leader in laser and cataract procedures, Dr. Coad is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons (F.A.C.S.). He has performed thousands of cataract and premium IOL procedures with a high success rate. Dr. Coad has been featured on TV, radio and in the press for his outstanding work and has been recognized by his peers as a Castle Connolly Top Doctor and a New York Super Doctor.

Your New York Ophthalmologist will typically only recommend cataract surgery to patients whose daily activities, such as reading and driving, are affected by cataracts. If it is determined that you need cataract surgery, your natural lens will be removed during a brief outpatient surgical procedure and replaced with an artificial lens that will restore your vision. Cataract surgery is very safe and extremely common, with over three million procedures performed in the United States each year. Within a few weeks, your eye will be completely healed and you'll be seeing the world clearly again!

If you have further questions, or if you've noticed vision changes that haven't improved in a few days' time, contact Chelsea Eye Ophthalmology in New York City, NY at (212) 220-0066 to schedule an examination. Don’t let cataracts dull your day; see the world vibrantly. 


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  • "Cannot recommend Dr Coad & his lasik coordinator Nicole enough. They are wonderfully supportive and gentle that even if you are nervous it will be difficult to stay that way around this supportive duo! Without a doubt recommend going to see them, they are worth the additional care and cost for a full-service experience that are there just to help you & give you the best vision possible. Thank you Dr Coad & Nicole."
    Yasmin L.
  • "Dr. Coad and his staff made the experience of having a cataract removed the best it could possibly be, from evaluation to discussing options to being reassuring when the surgery began, to follow-up. The evaluation process was efficient, yet at no time did I feel as if it was anything but personal. His staff at all times were both professional and welcoming. Vace, the surgical coordinator, did everything to make sure the surgical process went smoothly.
    As to Dr. Coad himself, I can't say enough. His skill is absolutely top-notch, but it was the concern that he took in making sure that I understood all of my options, and his reassuring manner before, during and after the surgery which makes it easy to recommend him to the fullest to anyone who needs ophthalmic care."
    Ed W.
  • "Had a five star experience at Chelsea Eye! I went to Dr Yoon for an eye exam and she was extremely friendly, helpful and down to earth! I have met all the staff and they are very friendly and easy to talk to. Hugo in particular was wonderful to work with during the exam. It was a breathe of fresh air coming to this practice and I highly recommend going here for an Optometry appointment or Opthalmology appointment with Dr Coad."
    Devon T.
  • "Can I please take a moment and talk about how awesome Dr. Jay Yoon is?!

    I would be friends with this woman! I went in freaked out about a blood vessel on my eye and in total hypochondriac mode (is it a stroke? Is this connected to my brain? Is it gonna spread?). She laughed and calmly said "looks like you've always had this and it's fine and here are some drops cause your eyes are dry and here's my great primary doctor who I recommend since you don't have one."

    She was very funny and relatable and cool - she didn't try to rush me away and she was honest about everything too and so helpful.

    I've already started recommending her and now I'll do it on here: book an appt and be treated so warmly."
    Bonnie G.
  • "Dr Coad and Nicole were both absolutely wonderful. After my brother had LASIK surgery, I decided to go ahead and do the same.

    Both Nicole and Dr. Coad are very proficient in their work. They answered any and all questions that I had, and calmed every nervous feeling that arose from the start, up until the surgery.

    Going through the surgery I was EXTREMELY nervous and Dr. Coad walked me through the entire procedure (before and during) and made my whole LASIK experience a breeze.

    I can not recommend them enough. If you are interested in LASIK Dr. Coad is the only doctor I would trust."
    Christina V.
  • "This team is the absolute best. Christine is a gift from the gods and makes you feel comfortable supported and amazing. She really got me through my anxieties about my recent lasik surgery - which went great! Dr Coad is the best. A fantastic team, a simple process - I highly recommend this team - if you've ever considered lasik (like I have for the last 20 years) make an appt with this great group. You'll be happy you did."
    Mark P.
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