New Techniques Correct Cataracts in 15 Minutes

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Dr. Ilan Cohen of 5th Avenue Eye Center advises that while older people often experience cataracts as a result of aging, children can be born with cataracts and young people may develop them at any age. In the right hands, new techniques in cataract surgery can restore vision in 15 minutes.

Due to new techniques, many patients who are experiencing cataracts as a result of aging are actually looking forward to cataract surgery.

“While it is indeed true that most cataracts are a natural result of the aging process, it is important to understand that not every cataract is caused by aging,” Dr. Ilan Cohen said. “Children and young adults can sometimes develop cataracts and need proper medical treatment to restore their full vision.”

Dr. Cohen, director of 5th Avenue Eye Center, offers his state-of-the-art New Jersey cataract surgery techniques as well as LASIK surgery and other laser vision correction procedures to patients throughout the Tri-State area. He hopes to educate people throughout the world about the importance of education about cataracts and other vision problems.

A cataract is the clouding of the lens of an eye that impairs vision. By the time an American reaches the age of 80, he is 50 percent likely to either have a cataract or have had surgery to remove a cataract.

“Congenital or acquired cataracts in children are responsible for as much as 20 percent of the cases of blindness in children,” Dr. Cohen said. “However, many people do not realize that in some cases you can have a cataract at any age. Regular eye exams are important for people of all ages, especially if there is a history of cataracts or health problems such as diabetes in the family.”

Eye injuries, medications such as steroids used to treat asthma or inflammation, and excessive exposure to sunlight can increase the chance of people of any age developing a cataract. If the clouding does not severely impair vision, surgery is usually not necessary. If surgery is required, a qualified ophthalmologist can replace the lens of the eye. Adults do not need general anesthesia for surgical treatment, but children usually do need general anesthesia to have a successful cataract surgery.

The best news? "Due to new techniques, many patients who are experiencing cataracts as a result of aging are actually looking forward to cataract surgery," says Dr. Cohen. Today’s modern cataract surgery techniques can restore vision to its youthful condition, and it will take only 15 minutes to accomplish this. Patients should take the time to find a highly-skilled New Jersey cataract surgeon who uses the most modern technology. Many surgeons never adapted to the new technologies and are still performing cataract surgery the old-fashioned way. Modern cataract surgery can be a life-changing experience in the right hands.

5th Avenue Eye Center is a comprehensive vision center with locations in Old Bridge, New Jersey as well as the Manhattan and Queens boroughs of New York City. Dr. Ilan 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, Tennessee and Catholic Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts. His innovative techniques and ability to correct other surgeons’ mistakes has earned him international media attention on CBS, CNBC, and FOX News.

For more information about cataract surgery or New Jersey LASIK, or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Cohen, call 5th Avenue Eye Center at (732) 679-6100 or visit

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