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Kung Eye Center is proud to offer state-of-the-art laser cataract removal in both of its offices located in New Jersey and Staten Island.

What is a Cataract?

As we age, the proteins in the crystalline lens of the eye will clump together eventually causing the lens to become hard and cloudy. This is a cataract and it will make vision hazy and blurry. A cataract can affect your entire field of vision and make day-to-day functions such as reading and driving difficult or even impossible. Removal of the cataract is the only way to restore vision. Cataract surgery is now recommended when the cataract begins to interfere with your vision and before it begins making daily tasks difficult or affecting your quality of life. Kung Eye Center located in New Jersey and Staten Island, NY, offers premium intraocular lenses (IOLs) that can replace your cloudy natural lens to give you clearer, more dependable vision and offer more freedom from glasses following cataract surgery.

There are three distinct types of cataracts:

  • Nuclear cataracts are the most common form of cataract and are usually associated with aging, and form deep in the central zone of the lens.
  • Subcapsular cataracts develop at the back of the lens and are usually found in patients with diabetes, pronounced farsightedness, retinitis pigmentosa, or those who take high doses of steroid medications.
  • Cortical cataracts are characterized by white, wedge-like opacities that develop from the outer edges of the lens and move inward toward the center in a spoke-like pattern. This type of cataract is most common among diabetics.

Symptoms of cataracts include:

  • A loss of color, detail, or sharpness to your vision.
  • Blurred, cloudy, or dim vision.
  • Difficulty with night vision, especially while driving.
  • Sensitivity to bright lights.
  • Glare or halos around lights.
  • Colors that aren’t as bright.
  • Double vision.

Risk Factors

Aside from aging, researchers have identified factors that are associated with the development of cataracts. These include:

  • Ultraviolet radiation from exposure to sunlight and other sources.
  • Diabetes.
  • Obesity.
  • Smoking.
  • Hypertension.
  • Previous eye injury or inflammation.
  • Previous eye surgery.
  • Prolonged use of corticosteroid medications.
  • Use of statin medicines to reduce cholesterol.
  • Hormone replacement therapy.
  • Significant alcohol consumption.
  • High level of myopia.
  • Family history.

Though there is significant controversy about whether cataracts can be prevented, nutrition studies have shown that diets high in antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables may help prevent certain types of cataracts. While most cataract patients are over the age of 50, some people may develop them earlier due to diabetes or injury. Some patients are also born with cataracts, also known as congenital cataracts.

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Cataract Surgery

When surgery becomes necessary for a cataract patient, they can rest assured that they will be well cared for at Kung Eye Center. Cataract surgery is one of the safest and most commonly performed surgeries in the U.S. It has evolved over the years into a state-of-the-art procedure that is usually completed in only a few minutes and has a quick recovery.

Cataract surgery begins by dilating the pupil and administering eye numbing drops to ensure patient comfort. A small incision is created and an ultrasonic probe is inserted that breaks up the clouded lens into smaller pieces and suctions them out. This process is called phacoemulsification. Next, a new intraocular lens (IOL) is placed in the space where the clouded lens used to be. Patients can have the Medicare approved monofocal lens, which allows for clear, cataract-free vision, but may require the use of glasses for distance vision after surgery. Patients that have a monofocal lens will require reading glasses or bifocals following surgery. Many patients, however, choose to upgrade to Premium multifocal or accommodative lens implants that offer clear vision at a range of distances, including up-close, and can reduce or eliminate dependence on reading glasses or bifocals following cataract surgery.

Testimonials from Real Patients

“Dr. Kung and staff get 5 stars. From the moment I made my appointment, to my last follow-up visit; I experienced nothing but excellence. Dr. Kung explains everything in detail, makes sure you understand and encourages questions. I had bilateral cataract surgery with results above my expectations. I no longer wear glasses.

“I’ve had cataract surgery for both my eyes by Dr. Kung. It was the most amazing experience I’ve had. Dr. Kung himself is an absolutely brilliant doctor and surgeon. His staff sets the example by which excellence can be measured. The facility is beautiful and spotless and I highly recommend using Kung Eye for any ophthalmology needs. Thank you.

“I recently had corrective lens surgery performed by Dr. Kung with amazing results. I no longer require glasses for reading or distance (driving, tv viewing etc.). Dr. Kung and his staff are consistently friendly, helpful and provided excellent care pre-, during and care anywhere. I would definitely recommend the Kung Eye Center for the treatment of any ophthalmological disorder.

“Dr. Kung and Dr. Chen are wonderful. Coming from 40 years of excellent care from my prior ophthalmologist, who just retired, I had high expectations, and those have been met! The office is well-run, and all the staff have been kind and competent. Thank you!

“Dear Kung is an absolute genius! In my opinion he is the best cataract surgeon in NY city.

“State of The Art Facility and doctors. Exceeded my expectations. Extremely careful regarding Covid19....Everybody wearing masks, etc. Thank you

“I had cataract surgery with the light adjustable lens. Surgery went very well. Staff is very professional, friendly and courteous. Highly recommend.

“Kung Eye Center is great! Dr. Kung, his doctors, technicians, and office staff run the eye center with precision, efficiency, intelligence and most of all, with caring and empathy. All medical facilities and offices should be run as well as Kung Eye Center. I am now on the road to the best vision I can have. I highly recommend Dr Kung and the Eye Center. You will be very pleased!

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Laser Cataract Surgery

Kung Eye Center offers Laser Cataract Surgery, the latest innovation in cataract surgery to their Staten Island and East Brunswick, NJ patients. Laser Cataract Surgery is the newest approach to cataract surgery and provides unmatched precision and the ability to customize the surgery to each patient. This can result in better visual outcomes and shorter recover for patients.

Traditional cataract surgery relies on manual techniques to access, remove and replace the cataract. Laser Cataract Surgery uses a computer-guided laser, delivering better precision and accuracy, and thus providing patients with better visual outcomes and shorter recovery times.

Another benefit to Laser Cataract Surgery is that the laser can be used to treat astigmatism during surgery. Special relaxing incisions can be created in the cornea to achieve a rounder, more natural shape, improving vision and lessening the need for glasses following cataract surgery.

Traditional Manual vs Laser-Assisted Cataract Surgery

During cataract surgery, the surgeon must perform incisions, the capsulorhexis (opening made into the bag that holds the lens of the eye) and if applicable, limbal relaxing incisions for reducing astigmatism. In the past, eye surgeons performed most of these steps of cataract surgery using manual hand-held blades and instruments. With the introduction of laser-assisted cataract surgery, many of these steps can be performed using the precision of a computer-guided femtosecond laser. In addition to the steps mentioned above, the femtosecond laser can dissect a cataract into tiny little pieces. This makes removal of a cataract much easier for the surgeon and decreases the phacoemulsification time (removal of the cataract using ultrasound), which can result in a more comfortable procedure for the patient and a faster recovery time. This is extremely beneficial when our surgeons are performing cataract removal on patients with dense or mature cataracts.

Simply put, laser cataract surgery takes an already safe procedure and makes it more precise, more predictable, and better than ever before.

What are the benefits of Laser-Cataract Surgery?

  • A highly customized procedure using advanced 3D imaging.
  • A treatment with little or no discomfort.
  • A more precise treatment.
  • A gentler and easier cataract removal.
  • Generally, a more rapid visual recovery due to reduced inflammation.

Lens Implant Options

After a cataract is removed, a new lens called an intraocular lens or IOL must be implanted within the eye. The standard Medicare approved lens implant is monofocal and allows for clear vision at only one distance (usually distance vision), requiring patients to wear glasses after their surgery for near distance activities.

At Kung Eye Center we offer our Staten Island and East Brunswick patients premium lens implant options. These IOLs are often only partially covered by Medicare and will involve some out-of-pocket expense, but they allow patients to enjoy a greater range of vision and an active lifestyle with more freedom from reading glasses or bifocals.

Multifocal IOLs: have different levels of power and each power diffracts light differently, offering patients good vision at near and far distances, and can potentially reduce reading glasses or bifocals.  These lenses include ReStor by Alcon Tecnis Multifocal, Symfony and Synergy by Johnson & Johnson.

Toric IOLs: are used to correct astigmatism, which is an asymmetric steepening of the cornea that causes light to focus unevenly on the retina. Uncorrected astigmatism can cause blurry or shadowed images. For cataract patients who also have astigmatism, a toric lens may be your best option at freedom from glasses after cataract surgery.

Accommodating IOLs: are designed to mimic the eye’s natural lens. The hinge design of the lens allows it to move using the ciliary muscles inside the eye. This allows the lens to flex and move or accommodate like the natural lens would to focus on single point through a wide range of distances. These lenses include Crystalens by Bausch and Lomb.

Light Adjustable IOL’s: provide the clearest vision after cataract surgery because an ultraviolet light can be used to adjust the power of the IOL after surgery while it’s in the patient’s eye. It can adjust to nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. Patients can see 20/20 after surgery at a rate that is double that of conventional IOL’s.

Trifocal IOLs: are designed to allow patients to see at all distances, including near, intermediate, and distance vision with the greatest depth of spectacle free vision. This technology was FDA approved in 2019 and was developed by Alcon Pharmaceuticals. The Alcon AcrySof IQ PanOptix IntraOcular Lens was the first FDA approved Multifocal IOL and Kung Eye Center with offices in New Jersey and Staten Island was one of the first offices in the country to offer this revolutionary technology.

Dr. Kung on Premium IOLs:

“When patients have cataract surgery, they have options beyond the standard lens implant that Medicare covers. Multifocal, Trifocal, Accommodating and Toric IOLs can be absolutely amazing by reducing or possibly even eliminating the need for glasses, reading glasses and/or bifocals. Patients might still need readers for very small print, such as a medicine bottle, or in a dark restaurant. Besides that, most patients can do most things, most of the time without glasses. Although there is an out-of-pocket expense beyond Medicare coverage, if a patient is a candidate for a premium lens implant, and if it’s something they can afford to do, it’s something they should do, as it will benefit them every waking moment for their rest of their life.”

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Contact Us Today

If you are interested in learning more about our cataract treatments or would like to schedule an appointment with one of our eye care specialists, contact Kung Eye today! We will be happy to assist you in scheduling your appointment.

Cataract Surgery FAQs

Are you put under anesthesia for cataract surgery?

Anesthesiologist will provide anesthesia by intravenous injection

Are you sitting or lying down during cataract surgery?

Lying down

At what stage should cataracts be removed?

Cataracts can be removed when the patients vision is impaired

Can a cataract be removed too early?

Cataracts should be removed when the patient is having trouble with their vision

Can I eat before a cataract operation?

It is best for the stomach to be empty before cataract surgery

Can I wear my old glasses after cataract surgery?

Generally, your glass prescription will change after cataract surgery but if you feel more comfortable wearing your old glasses, it will not hurt your eyes

Can you have cataract surgery in one eye only?

Yes but if the cataracts are significant in both eyes the patient will feel more comfortable having both cataracts removed

Can you wait too long to have cataract surgery?

Cataracts are generally harder to remove, the thicker it gets

Can you watch TV after cataract surgery?

Yes, but it is important to rest your eyes immediately after surgery

How do you wash your face after cataract surgery?

It is best not to get tap water in the eye after surgery since the water is not sterile

Do you feel anything during cataract surgery?

Some patients can feel pressure and a sense of touch while others will feel nothing

How long do I have to wear the eye shield after cataract surgery?

It is best to ask your surgeon but generally 1-2 weeks should be sufficient

How do you clean your eye after cataract surgery?

Wash around the eye with a clean face cloth or cotton balls to avoid water getting into the eye

How long do I need to wear dark glasses outside after cataract surgery?

Using dark glasses is for your comfort. The eye will not be harmed if you dont wear them

How do you know when its time to get cataract surgery?

When your vision is bothering you and you wish to improve it

How long does it take to recover from cataract surgery?

Most patients recover after cataract surgery within a few weeks

Is there any reason to delay cataract surgery?

Please speak with your surgeon to discuss what the best timing is for your surgery

What is the latest treatment for cataracts?

Cataracts are removed with high frequency ultrasound and sometimes assisted by laser. There are many new implants which will allow patients to see near and far

What are the side effects of cataract surgery?

Some patients may experience irritation of the eye, swelling, blurriness, redness and discomfort which usually lasts a short period of time

What is the success rate of cataract surgery?

Cataract surgery is highly successful and one of the most successful surgeries performed

What is the average age for cataract surgery?

Cataract surgery can be performed in children as well as senior citizens. The majority of the patients who have cataract surgery are older than age 65

What kind of sedation is used for cataract surgery?

Intravenous sedation and local sedation is often given

What is the difference between cataract surgery and lens replacement?

A cataract is the clouding of your natural lens but lens replacement surgery can also be performed on patients who have high prescriptions before they form cataracts

What should I avoid after cataract surgery?

It is best to avoid rubbing the eye, pushing on the eye, lifting heavy objects, getting water or dust in the eye

Which is better laser or traditional cataract surgery?

It is best to speak to your surgeon as some surgeons are more comfortable with one type of procedure versus another but the laser can make incisions that are more precise than your hand can make

Why do you wear dark glasses after cataract surgery?

To provide comfort from bright lights

What implants will help me see the clearest?

There is a Light Adjustable Lens which allows your doctor to adjust the power of your implant while it is in your eye, after surgery to allow you to see the clearest. The implant can be adjusted to give you near vision or far vision. Studies have shown that patients can see 20/20 at twice the rate of normal basic implants

Resources for Our Patients

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