August is Cataract Awareness Month in New Jersey at 5th Avenue Eye Center

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In recognition of Cataract Awareness Month, Dr. Ilan Cohen, a pioneer in cornea and refractive surgery in New Jersey and New York, clears up the misconceptions about cataract surgery and offers cutting-edge cataract surgery solutions.

“Cataracts are the leading cause of blindness in people over the age of 55."

“More than half of people over the age of 65 are developing cataracts,” said Dr. Ilan Cohen, a corneal specialist and a leader in LASIK and cataract surgery in New Jersey. “Unfortunately, this potentially serious vision problem is misunderstood among many members of the general public.”

Dr. Cohen, director of 5th Avenue Eye Center in Manhattan, serves patients throughout New York and New Jersey with his innovative cataract and LASIK surgery methods. As part of a worldwide initiative to prevent blindness, Dr. Cohen is devoted to educating people about their eye health during Cataract Awareness Month.

“Cataracts are the leading cause of blindness in people over the age of 55,” said Dr. Cohen. “A cataract is actually a clouding of the lens of the eye, which makes it more difficult for light rays to pass through the lens and dramatically impacts vision.”

A common misconception is that cataracts are a growth or film over the eye. When the clouding first develops, people tend to experience only a few minor symptoms, said Dr. Cohen. As the cataract progresses, symptoms include double vision in one eye, poor night vision, blurred vision, and a lessened ability to see color in its true forms.

Once cataracts interfere with life in this manner, prompt surgery can help prevent complete blindness. Through modern technology, Dr. Cohen can easily remove cataracts even if a patient is in his 80s.

“I can perform laser eye surgery in New Jersey for cataracts as well as LASIK and its alternatives without using general anesthesia,” Dr. Cohen said. “My use of a local anesthetic as well as tiny incisions minimizes the risk of complications and scarring and improves cataract surgery recovery, which is especially important among elderly people.”

5th Avenue Eye Center is a comprehensive vision center with locations in Manhattan, Queens, and New Jersey. Dr. Cohen, a graduate of Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, was fellowship trained in corneal and cataract surgery at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn. and Catholic Medical Center in Boston, Mass. His innovative techniques and ability to correct other surgeons’ mistakes has earned him international media attention on CBS, CNBC, and FOX News. Dr. Cohen teaches cataract and LASIK surgery at the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery.

For more information or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Cohen, call 5th Avenue Eye Center at (212) 764-2020 or visit

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