Cataract Surgery FAQ

Serving Poughkeepsie, Fishkill and Nearby Areas of the Hudson Valley

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More than 22 million Americans suffer vision loss due to cataracts, and surgery is the best way to regain your vision and prevent blindness. Our board-certified ophthalmologists at Seeta Eye Centers have more than 45 years of experience with cataract surgery. We know the signs and symptoms to look for in your annual eye exams to identify cataracts and other eye diseases or age-related conditions.

If you’re experiencing vision changes, please call our office in Poughkeepsie today at 845-454-1025  to schedule your eye exam. Seeta Eye Centers serve clients in New York including Poughkeepsie, Fishkill, Hudson Valley and Dutchess County.

We can answer all of your cataract questions during your consultation, but the most common questions our patients have include:

Q: What is a Cataract?

A: A cataract is a medical condition that often comes on with age where your natural eye lens becomes clouded and interferes with your vision. Cataracts develop slowly and early symptoms are barely noticeable.

Q: Who Gets Cataracts?

A: Cataracts are most common in those over 40 years old, and more than 50 percent of those over 80 have cataracts or have needed cataract surgery in the past. If you have diabetes, are a smoker or have a family history of cataracts, you’re at a higher risk of developing cataracts. Newborns are sometimes born with congenital cataracts due to inherited genes, infection or sickness during pregnancy and other prenatal problems.

Q: Is Cataract Surgery Necessary?

A: Cataracts can lead to severe vision loss and blindness if left untreated, but the early warning signs are difficult to notice and can go undiagnosed without annual eye exams. When your cataract advances and you begin to experience vision impairment, you will need surgery. Surgery is the only way to remove cataracts.

Q: What Happens if I Don’t Have Surgery?

A: Cataracts can eventually cause blindness and should ideally be surgically removed as soon as vision is impaired. Your vision will progressively get worse without surgery, and the cataract could become difficult to remove and cause complications. This vision loss will likely interfere with your ability to drive, read and stop you from enjoying other activities that require good eyesight.

Q: How Does Cataract Surgery Work?

A: Cataract surgery can be completed within 10 to 20 minutes and involves removing the clouded lens and replacing it with an artificial intraocular lens implant (IOL). The required incision is minimal and no stitches are needed. Seeta Eye Centers use a laser-assisted system to ensure surgical precision and optimal results. We use ultrasound waves to fragment the cataract for easy removal.

Q: Can Both Eyes be Done at Once?

A: In some cases, cataract surgery can remove cataracts in both eyes on the same day, but in other instances, the surgeries may need to be split up by a few days or weeks to allow the first eye to stabilize before removing the second cataract. Speak with one of our ophthalmologists about same day removal during your initial appointment.

Q: Are Side Effects Common?

A: Our skilled eye surgeons have performed hundreds of cataract surgeries and severe side effects are rare. Common side effects may include infection, bleeding or swelling. Although, a positive side effect could be that your vision will be better than before.

Q: How Long Will Recovery Take?

A: After your procedure, our staff will schedule an appointment for the following day to make sure you’re recovering well and not experiencing any complications. Ask a family member or friend to drive you home from our office. Avoid rubbing your eye and stay away from swimming for at least a week to prevent infection. Our patients are generally able to resume regular activities within a few days of their cataract surgery.

If you have questions about cataracts or are experiencing vision changes, please call Seeta Eye Centers in Poughkeepsie today at 845-454-1025 . Our eye doctors serve clients in Poughkeepsie, Hudson Valley, Fishkill and Dutchess County, New York.