Dr. Mark Hornfeld
New York City-based ophthalmologist offers complete eye examinations and counseling on vision ailments. Call to schedule an appointment today at (646) 681-3100.

An Overview of Phakic Intraocular Lenses

Myopia, or nearsightedness, is a common vision problem that often requires corrective eyewear to treat. In some cases, Lasik surgery may be able to correct the problem, but more and more ophthalmologists and patients are turning to Phakic intraocular lens implants, or IOLs, as an alternative to Lasik.

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What are Phakic IOLs?

Phakic IOLs are artificial lens implants that are similar in appearance and function to contact lenses. Your ophthalmologist may use Phakic IOLs to permanently correct a variety of common vision problems, including myopia.

Phakic IOLs are placed inside of the eye, either behind the iris or between the cornea and iris, creating the effect of contact lenses without the sensation or the maintenance. The surgery is similar to that used to treat cataracts, except that the natural lens is not removed during Phakic lens implant placement.

Why Choose Phakic IOLs?

Sometimes, a patient may be interested in corrective vision surgery, but is not a good candidate for Lasik surgery. Thin corneas and severe myopia may exclude patients from Lasik. Phakic IOLs offer a surgical option for permanent vision correction for these patients. In some instances, lens implants may be able to offer better results than Lasik surgery could, even if you are a candidate.

What Can I Expect from Phakic IOL Surgery?

Your ophthalmologist will numb your eye and create an incision for placement of the lens implants. The exact technique will depend on the IOLs you and your doctor have chosen. If the lens is rigid, you may require tiny stitches. If it is flexible, then you likely will not.

Patients often experience an immediate improvement in vision, though you should take it easy for the next day or two. Be sure to follow any instructions that your ophthalmologist has given you and keep your follow-up appointment.

If you are interested in Phakic lens implants in New York, then contact us at the offices of Dr. Mark Hornfeld. In addition to lens implants, we also offer Lasik surgery and other vision correction procedures. Call (212) 580-8881 today for an appointment.Bottom of Form

Dr. Mark Hornfeld Can Help You See the World as Clear as Possible

Dr. Mark Hornfeld, a New York City-based ophthalmologist, provides many routine, special, and surgical solutions for poor eyesight. Dr. Hornfeld specializes in premium laser vision correction with procedures like LASIK, IntraLase (a bladeless LASIK procedure), CustomVue, intraocular lens implant, cataract solutions, laser glaucoma treatment, and more. Other general optometry services provided by Dr. Hornfeld include eye exams, eye wear, contacts, and ocular treatments for retinal disease and macular degeneration. In this video, Dr. Hornfeld describes his practice, and clients present testimonials for the work done by Dr. Mark Hornfeld.

Dr. Mark Hornfeld of Vista Laser Vision has over 15 years of private practice experience, and is board certified on the both the American Board of Ophthalmology and the American Board of Internal Medicine. In addition, Dr. Hornfeld serves as an attending physician at the prestigious New York Eye and Ear Infirmary, The Fifth Avenue Surgicenter, and Gotham Lasik Center. For quality ophthalmic care, come see Vista Laser Vision’s Dr. Mark Hornfeld. Give us a call at (212) 580-8881 with any questions or to schedule an appointment.

See How Eye Surgery Can Restore Your Vision When You Click These Links

If you’re unsure about whether you would like to undergo laser eye surgery to replace your contacts or eyeglasses, the best first step is doing research. These helpful sites can give you plenty of the information you’ll need before talking to your ophthalmologist.

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  • Stay up-to-date on the latest vision statistics at Laser-Eye-Surgery-Statistics.com.
  • WebMD provides this comprehensive guide to LASIK, including details on the procedure, what to expect, and recovery time.

For quality ophthalmic care, call Dr. Mark Hornfeld’s New York City-based Vista Laser Vision at (212) 580-8881 to find out if laser eye surgery is right for you.

Who Is a Good Candidate for Intraocular Lenses?

Cataracts (the clouding of the eye’s natural lens) are an extremely common vision issue, and they cannot be fixed with glasses or contacts. The only way to treat them is with cataract surgery, wherein the natural lens is removed and replaced with an artificial, intraocular lens, known as an IOL. IOLs can restore your vision and give you a crisp, clear view of the world. Advanced technology IOLs are also effective for myopic patients without cataracts who elect to undergo the procedure in order to decrease the need for glasses. Are you eligible for intraocular lenses? You are a good candidate if:

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  • You are a cataract patient with concurrent refractive error, presbyiopia, or both.
  • You have healthy eyes (other than the cataracts or myopia, of course). Any trauma to the eye or developmental conditions that would complicate the procedure may preclude you from receiving IOLs.
  • You have no cataracts but have experienced problems with your near-vision.
  • You have no prior health conditions that would prevent the implantation of an IOL in your eye.
  • You are too nearsighted or farsighted to qualify for the LASIK procedure. Former LASIK patients may also qualify for intraocular lenses.

While these are some general guidelines, your best option to find out whether you are a good candidate for IOLs is to discuss the matter with an ophthalmologist. He or she will conduct some vision tests and an examination to properly diagnose your vision problems and then discuss your options with you.

For quality ophthalmic care, consider Vista Laser Vision’s Dr. Mark Hornfeld. Based in New York City, we provide LASIK procedures and cataract surgery in addition to a wide range of other procedures. Give us a call at (212) 580-8881 with any questions or to schedule an appointment.

Three Reasons to Eliminate Contact Lenses from Your Life with Laser Eye Surgery

If you are considering undergoing laser eye surgery, consider this: The LASIK surgery boasts higher satisfaction rates from patients than any other elective vision-correcting procedure. While undergoing an elective surgical procedure is not a decision to make lightly, there are many benefits of opting for laser eye surgery instead of sticking with contact lenses. Here are just a few of the benefits:

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  1. Say goodbye to cleaning and storing your lenses every night (or forgetting to). Many contact lens brands require a nightly ritual of removing, cleaning, and storing to keep the lenses and your eye health at their best. In the morning, contact lens wearers must reinsert the lenses. For many people, this can be an annoying and uncomfortable chore. Many other people simply forget to take out their contacts at night or for regular cleaning, which can lead to irritation, corneal damage, and other vision problems. If you opt for laser eye surgery, these bothersome tasks will happily become a distant memory.
  1. Contact lens discomfort can be a thing of the past. Getting an eyelash or a piece of dust caught under your contact lens can be extremely painful and maddening. Losing a contact lens is also a very frustrating event, especially if you are driving or doing some other activity that requires your full concentration, or if you forgot to pack an extra set of lenses. Even without these incidents occurring, contact lenses can present discomfort. Laser eye surgery patients experience very little discomfort during and after the procedure, and then feel as if they never had vision problems in the first place.
  1. Save money over the long term with laser eye surgery. Buying contacts and cleaning solution every six months adds up over the years. In the long run, undergoing laser eye surgery costs less money since you’ll never have to buy contacts and glasses again. Laser eye surgery also is a relatively pain-free and fast-healing procedure, so within a couple of weeks, you will forget you ever had the surgery in the first place – until you hear a friend complaining about contacts.

Dr. Mark Hornfeld offers LASIK, Intralase, and multi-focal lens implants, in addition to a number of other ophthalmic procedures. Please call Vista Laser Vision in New York City at (212) 580-8881 for more information on our vision correcting services or to schedule an appointment.

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