169 Riverside Drive, Binghamton, NY 13905
Lasers have excelled as a tool for eye surgery and are used to
treat many diseases that may affect different parts of the eye. The
laser treatment itself usually takes a short time to perform, and
in most cases, the treatment is painless and non-traumatic.
What is a Cataract?
A cataract is characterized by a clouding of the eye's lens,
which impairs vision. The lens is made up mostly of water and
protein. A cataract occurs when this protein clumps together and
prevents some light from reaching the retina. When first forming, a
cataract may affect only a small area of the lens and may not
interfere with eyesight. However, as a cataract grows, it can
severely impair your vision, and treatment becomes necessary.
What are the Signs and Symptoms of a Cataract?
The most common symptoms of a cataract are:
How is a Cataract Treated?
In the early stages of a cataract, eyeglasses, magnifying
lenses, or stronger lighting may be effective in improving vision.
When these tactics fail, surgery is usually required. In cataract
surgery, the lens of the eye is removed and replaced by an
artificial lens. This new lens allows light to pass through to the
retina, restoring vision. Cataract surgery is one of the most
common surgeries performed in the United States. In fact, more than
1 million cataract procedures are performed each year, and more
than 95% of cataract surgeries are considered successful.
Who is at Risk for a Cataract?
The most common type of cataract, age-related cataract, affects
more than half of all Americans 65 years and older.
What Else Can I Do?
A cataract needs to be removed only when it interferes with your
everyday activities such as driving, reading, or watching TV. In
most cases, waiting until you are ready to have cataract surgery
will not harm your eye. You and your eye doctor can decide together
when it is time to remove the cataract.
Lourdes Ophthalmology Surgery / Laser Treatment
Center has been designed with you in mind. Lasers for use
in skin and eye treatments are conveniently located in a
comfortable hospital setting. Every possible effort will be made to
make your stay at Lourdes as comfortable as possible.
How to Get There
Lourdes Ophthalmology Surgery / Laser Treatment Center
is located on the main floor of the hospital, inside the
Convenient parking is available in Lot G.
- Use the West Drive to enter the Lourdes Hospital campus
(located at the traffic light at Riverside Drive and Kneeland
- Proceed down the West Drive to the second stop sign. The
Ambulatory Care Center and the new Main Entrance to the Hospital
will be on your left.
- Turn right to park in Lot G.
- Enter through the new Main Entrance.
- Pass the reception desk then turn left to enter the main
- Proceed down the hallway to elevators 1 & 2.
- Take elevators 1 & 2 to the main floor.
- As you get off the elevator, there is a hallway to the
immediate right; follow this hallway to the Atrium located on your
- Please check in with the Secretary in the Ophthalmology Surgery
/ Laser Treatment Center. The entrance to the Center is located
across from the gift shop/café.
For further information, consult your
doctor or call Lourdes Ophthalmology Surgery / Laser Treatment
Center at 607-798-5991.