As you age, it is not uncommon for cataracts to develop, especially as you enter your fifties and sixties. Because this condition can severely impair your vision and even lead to blindness, it’s important to seek treatment as soon as possible. The skilled ophthalmologists and caring staff at Seeta Eye Centers can give your case the personal, individualized attention and treatment such procedures require.
To find out more about the cataract treatment options at Seeta Eye Centers, call 845-454-1025 today. Our Poughkeepsie eye doctors can answer all of your cataract questions, and we offer both traditional and laser cataract surgery to patients throughout the Hudson Valley region.
Find out more about Cataracts and Cataract Surgery:
- About Cataracts
- Cataract Treatment Options
- Cataract Surgery
- More About Cataract Surgery
- Your Cataract Surgery Experience
- Recovering From Cataract Surgery
- Questions About Cataract Surgery
- Contact Us
A cataract is a condition that refers to the clouding of the eye’s lens due to a build-up of protein fibers over time. Though cataracts cause your vision to deteriorate as they develop, they do not actually affect the health of your eye.
During the early stages of cataract development there are generally few noticeable signs, but as the cataracts progress, you may begin to notice symptoms including:
- Increased light sensitivity including the appearance of severe glare from lamps or the sun
- Poor night vision and/or double vision
- A sense of fading colors
- Frequently changing eyeglass prescriptions
Generally these symptoms will only become worse with time and your vision will continue to deteriorate. If left untreated, cataracts may eventually cause blindness. Seeta Eye Centers' advanced diagnostic equipment, such as the ORA system, makes it easier for us to discover cataracts before they become a major problem for your vision.
Cataract Treatment Options
Cataracts cannot be treated with the use of glasses, contact lenses or even LASIK eye surgery. The only way to successfully correct the visual impairments associated with cataracts is to surgically remove the eye’s clouded, natural lens and replace it with an artificial intraocular lens (IOL). The success of this correction depends on many factors, from the technology and surgical techniques used to the skill of your ophthalmologist.
At Seeta Eye Centers, our eye doctors provide a variety of IOL options, including:
- Monofocal lens implants that can correct distance related issues
- Aspheric lens implants that are similar to basic monofocal lenses but are specially designed to minimize or eliminate aberrations that can cause glare and disturb some patients
- Toric lens implants for correcting astigmatism after surgery
- Multifocal lens implants that can correct presbyopia, including our ReSTOR®, PanOptix®, and Crystalens lens implants
Our experienced eye doctors can help you determine which IOL is right for you during your personal examination. Our cataract surgery procedures are laser-assisted, the ORA guidance system has increased our surgical accuracy, and our eye doctors make sure to keep up with cutting-edge surgical techniques. This allows us to provide ophthalmological procedures that take your individual needs and goals into account.
Over 3 million cataract surgery procedures are performed in the United States each year, making it the most common eye surgery and one of the most common types of surgery overall. If left untreated, cataracts will eventually lead to vision problems and blindness, so it's important that you find a qualified eye surgeon to perform cataract surgery.
Seeta Eye Care Centers has been providing cataract surgery to patients in the Hudson Valley for over 45 years. We have highly-qualified eye surgeons with a record of excellent results and a professional, caring staff that is attentive to your individual needs, and we make a point of developing our relationship with you as a patient and person. When you come to Seeta, we know who you are and answer all of your cataract surgery questions. Call 845-454-1025 to schedule an appointment for your cataract surgery.
About Cataract Surgery
Modern cataract surgery is safe, effective, predictable, and quite common! It's natural to worry about any procedure on your eyes, but modern cataract surgery has been around for over 75 years. If you think that you may have a cataract or have been told you have a cataract, there is no need to be overly concerned. Thanks to our advanced cataract surgery techniques and intraocular lens implant (IOL) technology, cataract surgery is also one of the safest and most successful surgical procedures that you can have.
At our ophthalmology practice, we offer the latest innovations in cataract surgery, including:
- The ORA system for identifying cataracts and guiding the surgery
- Femtosecond laser technology that makes a smaller, more accurate incision
- Intraocular lenses that can correct a variety of vision problems
- State-of-the-art diagnostic equipment that helps us find cataracts early
Dr. Modi and Dr. Wolter are highly experienced cataract surgeons. They perform cataract surgery in the comfort and convenience of our onsite ambulatory surgery center, which is outfitted with all the latest medical technology. Our eye surgeons also keep up-to-date with the most modern and effective surgical techniques. With most patients, they are able to use a “no patch-no stitch-no needle” technique for cataract surgery that delivers great results while healing faster. With our cataract surgeons, the entire process usually only requires a couple of hours of your time from start to finish.
Your Cataract Surgery Experience
Cataract surgery at Dutchess Ambulatory Surgical center with Dr. Modi and Dr. Wolter is quite comfortable. Upon your arrival at Dutchess Ambulatory Surgical Center, which is adjacent to Seeta Eye Centers, you will find each staff member is ready to assist you and make your experience pleasant.
In the pre-op area, you are given eye drops to make your eye numb so that you are comfortable. In fact, you will not feel any discomfort and at most will feel a slight pressure around the eye being treated. To access your cataract, your surgeon will need to create a very tiny incision at the outermost edge of your cornea. This can be done with the LenSx Laser or with a scalpel.
This surgical technique offers several advantages:
- The incision is so small that it does not require stitches to heal
- Microscopic surgical instruments use ultrasound waves to break up your cataract
- Easier to remove the small pieces of your cataract
This cataract removal method is called “phacoemulsification” and is the preferred technique of cataract surgery for most patients. After your cataract has been gently removed, your surgeon will be able to insert a new permanent intraocular lens implant (IOL) into your eye through the same tiny incision at the outer edge of the cornea through which the cataract was removed.
Recovering From Cataract Surgery
Once the cataract has been removed and the new permanent lens has been properly placed in your eye, a Dutchess Ambulatory Surgical Center staff member will take you to a comfortable resting area where you will be able to relax and rest for a short while. You will be given an appointment to see your surgeon at Seeta Eye for the following morning. You will need to continue to use eye drops and wear a clear plastic shield at night.
Although each patient heals a little differently, most of our patients are able to see well enough to return to normal activities within a day or so after their cataract surgery. Depending on the intraocular lenses you choose and your vision before your procedure, you may even end up seeing things more clearly than before!
How long does it take to recover from cataract surgery?
Initial recovery from cataract surgery is very short. Most people are able to resume normal activities within a day or so.
Is cataract surgery painful?
Prior to cataract surgery, numbing drops are placed to help protect patient comfort. Once the drops wear off, some itching or slight discomfort is possible. This should subside on its own.
Are you awake during cataract surgery?
Most patients are awake for cataract surgery. The most commonly performed surgical procedure in the United States, cataract surgery takes just around 10 minutes to complete. General anesthesia is typically considered unnecessary for this painless procedure.
Does cataract surgery last a lifetime?
During cataract surgery, the eye’s natural lens is removed and replaced with an artificial one. Once the cataract has been removed, it cannot grow back and, because artificial lenses are impervious to cataracts, the procedure is able to produce permanent results.
Secondary cataracts are possible and may require a capsulotomy to correct. The advanced cataract extraction method we use greatly reduces risks for secondary cataract, but the condition is not always avoidable. We will discuss this with you in greater detail during your time in our care.
Contact Seeta Eye Center Today
Seeta Eye Centers makes a point of providing our patients with personal care and individualized attention. Our staff take pains to ensure you are comfortable every step of the way, and our doctors personally attend to every detail of your surgery. We even made sure that all our locations are accessible with sufficient parking.
If you are a Poughkeepsie resident experiencing cataract symptoms or you would like to schedule a cataract surgery procedure to treat your condition, please contact Seeta Eye Centers at 845-454-1025 today. Our offices provide services for patients throughout the Hudson Valley region, including Fishkill, Highland, and Dutchess County.