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Cataracts Specialist

Cohen Laser & Vision Center

Board-Certified Refractive Surgery Specialists in South Florida

Cataracts are common and often develop as part of the aging process. It’s estimated that as many as 50% of adults 80 and older have cataracts or have had surgery to correct their cataracts. The eye care experts at Cohen Laser & Vision Center in Boca Raton, Florida, including G. Richard Cohen, MD, and Joshua Cohen, MD, specialize in the medical and surgical management of cataracts and can provide the care you need to ensure you have the best vision possible. To schedule a cataract consultation, call the office or request an appointment online today.


What are cataracts?

Cataracts cause the lens of your eye to become cloudy. Your lens lies behind your iris and pupil and focuses light on your retina so you can see images clearly at any distance.

Your lens is made up mostly of water and proteins. The proteins in the lens are arranged in a way that keeps your vision clear. As you get older, though, these proteins can clump together to create a clouding in the eye.

Cataracts could begin to develop while you’re in your 40s and 50s. Your cataract usually starts out small, but it will continue to grow over time.

What are cataract symptoms?

It might not come as much of a surprise that cataracts affect your vision. Vision changes you can experience include:

  • Difficulty reading in low light
  • Blurred or double vision
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Gradual dulling of colors
  • Halos around lights
  • Glare when driving

Cataracts can also make frequent changes in your glasses prescription necessary.

The team at Cohen Laser & Vision Center recommend coming in for evaluation once you start noticing vision changes. Without proper care early on, your cataract can lead to complete vision loss.

How are cataracts treated?

Treating your cataract depends on how it’s affecting your vision. During the early stages of a cataract, the team at Cohen Laser & Vision Center usually recommend changes in your eyeglass prescription to improve your eyesight.

As the cataract continues to grow, surgery will become necessary. The team at Cohen Laser & Vision Center recommends cataract surgery when your vision loss interferes with your daily activities, including reading, driving, and watching TV.

What can I expect during cataract surgery?

The doctors at Cohen Laser & Vision Center are skilled surgeons who utilize the most advanced tools and techniques available to perform cataract surgery. Before the procedure, the team reviews what you can expect and talks to you about your lens replacement options, which include:

  • Monofocal lenses - distance vision only 
  • Multifocal IOLs (intraocular cataract lens) -provides distance computer and some reading
  • Toric lenses - Corrects astigmatism 
  • Femtosecond-assisted (laser) surgery

The surgeons at Cohen Laser & Vision Center will discuss your lens options with you and recommend the one that best meets your needs and goals.

You can experience some swelling and discomfort after your cataract surgery for the first 1-2 days. The team provides you with eye drops to control pain and support healing. It can take up to eight weeks to fully recover from the surgery. With your artificial lens, you might no longer need to wear glasses.


The recently approved Alcon PANOPTIX implant is the only trifocal implant available in the United States, although they have been available in Europe and Canada for many years. The PANOPTIX implant provides patients with distance, intermediate and near vision. In a recent FDA study of patients who had the PANOPTIX lens, 99% would have the lens implanted again and 98% would recommend this lens to their friends and family.

For expert medical and surgical care of your cataracts, contact Cohen Laser & Vision Center by phone or online today. The practice serves Boca Raton, Delray Beach, Deerfield Beach, Pompano Beach, Boynton Beach, and all of Palm Beach County.