Dr. Mark Hornfeld
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What is Macular Degeneration?

Have you recently spoken to your ophthalmologist about macular degeneration? Macular degeneration is the main cause of vision loss in Americans over 60 years old. This condition is the irreversible decay of the macula, a small area near the retina in the eye. Keep reading to get the facts straight about this serious condition.

Types of Macular Degeneration

Two types of macular degeneration exist: dry and wet. Dry macular degeneration is the most common type of this medical condition. In dry macular degeneration, the macula’s light-sensitive cells begin to slowly degenerate. Dry macular degeneration leads to wet macular degeneration, which is less common but is the more advanced form of this condition.

Diagnosis

An eye specialist can diagnose dry and wet macular degeneration. In order to make a diagnosis, the ophthalmologist will conduct several eye exams, including a dilated eye exam, test of visual acuity, fundoscopy, and fundus photography. If he or she suspects you may have advanced macular degeneration, a fluorescein angiography may be used to detect leaking blood vessels.

Living with Macular Degeneration

Unfortunately, there is no treatment or cure for macular degeneration—the condition is irreversible. However, degeneration of the macula can be slowed so that the condition does not progress to the advanced stage. One method of doing so is through a high dosage of antioxidant vitamins and zinc. Eye specialists can also perform vision rehabilitation and suggest low vision aids to help improve the quality of life of those with macular degeneration.

Prevention

In order to prevent the development of macular degeneration, it is important to adopt a healthy lifestyle. Having a healthy exercise routine and avoiding smoking cigarettes can go a long way in keeping your eyes healthy. In addition, maintaining a normal blood pressure range and healthy weight can slow the development of macular degeneration.

If you need additional information about macular degeneration in New York, contact Dr. Mark Hornfield at (212) 580-8881 to arrange an eye examination. Whether you have macular degeneration, need treatment for cataracts, or are looking to manage your glaucoma, Dr. Hornfield can ensure that your eyes get the care they need.


Getting the Facts About Cataract Surgery

If you’re considering eye cataract surgery after a visit to the ophthalmologist, you may have some questions about what this type of surgery entails. A cataract is a condition that causes the lens of the eye to cloud over, leading to the inhibition of vision. Fortunately, modern cataract surgery can effectively remove cataracts and restore your vision.

The Surgery

Cataract surgery is a minimally invasive procedure. Because it is performed on an outpatient basis, you do not have to stay overnight in a medical facility. There are many different types of cataract surgery techniques. However, the most common form of cataract surgery uses high-frequency ultrasound to break a clouded eye lens into small pieces. These pieces are then removed from the eye using gentle suction. Following lens removal, the surgeon inserts a new intraocular lens in the place of your old one.

The Intraocular Lens

One of the benefits of cataract surgery, other than removing clouded lenses, is that you can choose an intraocular lens that improves your vision. Prior to surgery, your ophthalmologist or eye specialist will give you a comprehensive eye exam to evaluate the current state of your eye health. This will help him or her determine any risk factors that you may have for the surgery. It will also help the surgeon determine what kind of intraocular lens will work best for you. There are a variety of different IOLs available, and your surgeon can help you choose one to fit your needs. Some IOLs correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, and even astigmatism. Others, called presbyopia-correcting IOLs, can help you be less dependent on reading glasses while maintaining good distance vision, giving you a greater range of overall vision.

Dr. Mark Hornfield is committed to providing safe and effective cataract surgery in New York. Are you ready to get rid of your cataracts and get your sight back? Call. Dr. Hornfield today at (212) 580-8881 to set up an eye examination to determine whether you could benefit from corrective eye surgery.


Preparing for Your Eye Exam

If you’re visiting a new eye doctor for an eye exam or vision test, you might be wondering what to expect. Your ophthalmologist or eye specialist can perform a routine vision test, and examine your eyes for signs of common eye diseases, like glaucoma, macular degeneration, cataracts, and strabismus. Here are some tips for preparing for your eye exam with your eye doctor.

Find Out What Information Your Eye Doctor Needs

A new eye doctor or ophthalmologist will need information regarding your medical history. He’ll need to know if you are having eye problems now, or if you’ve had them in the past. He’ll also need to know your family’s medical history. You should tell him if you suffer from medical conditions that affect the eyes, like diabetes or high blood pressure. If you currently wear glasses or contact lenses, you should bring them with you.

Understand the Elements of an Eye Exam

Your eye doctor will first perform a vision test to determine if you need corrective lenses or corrective eye surgery. He’ll then check your eye pressure to determine if you need glaucoma management. Next, he’ll check the health of your eyes to determine if you show symptoms of any eye health problems. Depending upon your age and medical history, he may perform more specialized tests.

Write Down Any Questions or Concerns You Have

If you have specific questions or concerns that you want to discuss with your eye specialist, you should write them down before your appointment. This will ensure that you don’t forget anything, and will help you feel more confident. It will also be easier for your eye doctor to give you specific advice and recommendations if you have detailed questions prepared ahead of time.

If you’re looking for an eye specialist serving New York, come see us at the office of Dr. Mark Hornfeld. Our team of experienced eye doctors and ophthalmologists provides comprehensive eye care, including the diagnosis and treatment of common eye diseases. To schedule an appointment or to learn more about our services, call us today at (212) 580-8881.


Answers to Questions About Glaucoma

Without proper glaucoma treatment and glaucoma management, you may be at risk for significant eye health complications, including blindness. Many people don’t understand the causes, symptoms, or treatment options for glaucoma, but an eye specialist or ophthalmologist can help you better understand the condition. Here are the answers to some commonly asked questions about glaucoma management and glaucoma treatment.

Can Glaucoma Cause Blindness?

Glaucoma is a leading cause of blindness in the U.S. If you visit an ophthalmologist regularly for glaucoma treatment, and participate actively in glaucoma management, you can significantly reduce your risk of blindness. Only about ten percent of people who receive proper glaucoma treatment will experience vision loss or blindness.

Is There a Cure for Glaucoma?

Unfortunately, there is currently no cure for glaucoma. If you experience severe vision loss or blindness due to glaucoma, there is no way to reverse the condition or regain vision. This is why glaucoma management and glaucoma treatment are so important. With the proper glaucoma treatment, such as medication and surgery, you can slow the progression of the disease and limit your vision loss. The earlier that your eye doctor diagnoses you with glaucoma, the better chance you have for successful glaucoma treatment.

What are Common Risk Factors and Symptoms of Glaucoma?

People of any age, gender, race, ethnicity, and social class are at risk for glaucoma. Approximately one out of every 10,000 babies born in the United States is born with glaucoma. Glaucoma often doesn’t cause any noticeable symptoms, which is why it’s so important to visit your eye doctor regularly for glaucoma testing. Common glaucoma symptoms are blurry or hazy vision, vision loss, eye pain, headaches, nausea, and vomiting.

If you’re concerned that you need glaucoma treatment in New York, come see us at the office of Dr. Mark Hornfeld. Our eye specialists can perform a comprehensive eye exam to determine if you have glaucoma, and then recommend the most effective options for glaucoma treatment and glaucoma management. To schedule an appointment with one of our ophthalmologists, call us today at (212) 580-8881.


A Look at IntraLase Cataract Surgery

If your eye doctor or ophthalmologist has recently diagnosed you with cataracts, you might want to learn more about what treatments for cataracts are most effective. Cataract eye surgery remains one of the safest and most effective treatments for cataracts available. IntraLase cataract surgery is a method of laser eye surgery that removes the clouded lens from the eye using a highly precise and safe medical laser.

Because the IntraLase medical laser is blade-free, your risk of complications, pain, and side effects is significantly lowered. As the laser makes incisions, the heat from the laser immediately sterilizes the area, preventing infection and promoting healing. Once your eye doctor removes your damaged lens using the IntraLase medical laser, he will replace the lens with a high-tech lens implant. This implant is known as permanent intraocular lens implant.

If you’re interested in learning more about IntraLase cataract surgery and other treatments for cataracts in New York, come see us at the office of Dr. Mark Hornfeld. Our experienced ophthalmologists can determine which treatment option is the best choice for your cataracts. To schedule an appointment with an eye specialist, call us today at (212) 580-8881.


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