“As more and more “baby boomers” approach the age of cataracts, they want to know how we can use lens implants to help them be less dependent on glasses after cataract surgery,” explained Poughkeepsie NY Cataract Surgeon Satish Modi, M.D. of Seeta Eye Centers. “Pretty much each day we answer lots of patient questions about cataract surgery, lens implants and the need-or not-for eyeglasses. This is not surprising as over the past 5 years or so, patient expectations and advances in lens implant technology have driven a convergence of the goals cataract surgery and refractive surgery.”
Traditionally, the goal of cataract surgery was to remove the cloudy crystalline lens and replace it with an intraocular lens implant (IOL) of equivalent optical power so as to achieve “emmetropia” thus allowing patients to have good distance vision. The goal of refractive surgery is to help patients decrease or possibly even eliminate their dependence on eyeglasses or contact lenses. Today, the rapidly growing cataract patient population wants to achieve both the benefits of cataract surgery and refractive surgery in one combined procedure.
In order to meet patient expectations of being “glasses free” and help patients achieve their personal vision correction and lifestyle goals, it is necessary for us to first carefully select the type and design of lens implant as well as to accurately calculate the IOL power.
“The more advanced types and designs of lens implants that we work with include toric lens implants for patients who have significant amounts of astigmatism prior to cataract surgery, and who do not wish to wear eyeglasses to see clearly at a distance, and near vision correcting multifocal lens implants that provide vision correction at the full range of distances-far or distance vision, arm’s length or intermediate vision and up close near vision,” explained Dr. Modi.
“As a cataract and refractive surgeon, I strive to shape realistic patient expectations and then work to provide the medical, surgical and optical care necessary help patients meet or exceed them,” commented Dr. Modi. “When patients ask me, “Will I have to wear glasses after my cataract surgery?”, I make sure to help them understand that we can offer them the possibility of a lifestyle that minimizes or possibly eliminates their need for glasses through careful lens implant counseling and selection,”, he further explained. “For almost every patient, being able to essentially live “glasses free” adds an extra level of convenience, comfort and freedom to their everyday lifestyle and activities.”
pIf you or someone you know has questions about Cataracts, Cataract Surgery or Lens Implants (IOL) please feel free to call Seeta Eye Centers and schedule an eye examination by calling 845-454-1025 , visiting Seeta Eye Centers or facebook.com/seetaeyecenters.
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