Cataract Surgery

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Cataract Surgery

Over 25,000 Cataract Surgeries Performed by Dr. Daniel Sambursky and his Team with Life-changing Results for Patients in Binghamton, Elmira, Corning and Ithaca, NY

What is a Cataract?

A cataract is a cloudy area that develops on the lens of the eye, blocking light to the back of the eye, resulting in changes in one's vision. These changes can include cloudy, fuzzy or filmy vision, changes in the way you see colors, increased glare from headlights, lamps or the sun, frequent changes in your eyeglass prescription, and double vision.

General Cataract Surgery

Cataract surgery at Ophthalmic Associates of the Southern Tier is designed with the comfort of the patient in mind.  The procedure only takes 10-15 minutes to perform is essentially a painless outpatient procedure.  There will detailed after-care requirements that your doctor will review with you and which will all be explained in-depth prior to your surgery.

The surgery itself begins with applying freezing and antibacterial eye drops to your eye along with a light sedative if desired.  Once the drops have taken affect, you will be brought into the surgery room.  A tiny incision is made which allows the doctor to break apart your cataract using gentle utra-sonic waves.  Once the cataract is ready, it is removed and your intraocular lens is inserted.

Once in place, your incision may require tiny dissolvable stitching but in most cases, this is not needed.  At this point you will be escorted to a waiting room where you will be monitored for a short time before being released to rest at home.

Blade-FREE Cataract Surgery

Using just a topical anesthetic to numb the eye, the surgeon creates a small incision and uses high-energy sound waves to break the cataract into microscopic particles, which are then removed. To compensate for the removal of the eye's natural lens, an intra-ocular lens (IOL) is implanted. The natural outward pressure from your eye provides a seal at the incision, and stitches are not normally required.

Introducing ORA Guided Cataract Surgery for More Precise Results

The doctors at Ophthalmic Associates of the Southern Tier utilize ORA (Optiwave Refractive Analysis) which continuously monitors the measurements of a patient’s eye during their cataract surgery.  This provides our doctors with an extremely accurate display of the eye in real-time and provides them with an unprecedented amount of data on each eye to help customize each cataract procedure.  What this offers patients is a more precise outcome in their cataract surgery and the opportunity for better vision as a result.  Dr. Sambursky and the team at Ophthalmic Associates of the Southern Tier were intstrumental in bringing this technology to the Southern Tier.

Additional Benefits of ORA Technology

  • Can be utilized for better precision in both blade and blade free cataract procedures
  • Can be utilized regardless of the choice of intraocular lens implant chosen by the patient and the doctor
  • May also improve accuracy of the correction in those with an astigmatism to reduce the chance of the patient needing eyeglasses after the procedure

Premium Intraocular Lens Implants (IOLs)

At Ophthalmic Associates of the Southern Tier, we offer advanced lens implants to provide the best in vision quality after your cataract removal.  Premium intraocular lenses (IOLs) give you the best possible vision and the best opportunity to never need glasses again after your cataract surgery.  IOLs work by replacing the ability of your eyes natural lens to focus, giving you sharp, clear focusing power for both close-up and distance focusing.

Our Premium Lens Options

Crystalens® – The Crystalens® from Bausch & Lomb works naturally with your eyes’ muscles to give you the quality of vision you enjoyed when you were younger.  The Crystalens® allows most patients to see well enough to pass a driver’s license exam or read small print in a newspaper and also provides very good night vision.

Toric IOL – The Toric IOL provides patients with moderate astigmatism improved vision without the need for glasses.  Those who suffer from astigmatism now have a better opportunity to read, use the computer and perform other close-up activities without glasses.

ReSTOR Multifocal Intraocular Lens – The ReSTOR lens is implanted during cataract surgery to replace the natural lens.  This new lens can provide enhanced quality of vision giving patients independence from bifocals and reading glasses.

Life After Cataract Removal

In addition, many patients find that not only do they have improved vision with modern cataract surgery; they also do not have the need for glasses, or contact lenses. This surgery gives patients the ability to see up close, far away, and everything in between, correcting their full range of vision. Typically, patients have remarked vision improvement shortly following surgery, and have little to no discomfort or restrictions in activity. According to a survey conducted by the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS), more than 98% of cataract patients have improved vision after surgery.

Schedule a Blade-Free Cataract Consultation Today

The best step you can take in bettering your vision  is to schedule an appointment with team at Ophthalmic Associates of the Southern Tier today.  Regardless of whether you're making the short trip from Corning, Elmira, Ithaca or if you live in Binghamton, NY, you can be sure you are visiting an experienced cataract expert who has performed over 25,000 cataract surgeries.  You’ll get a comprehensive analysis along with a plan of action to achieve your desired results.  Fill out the form on this page or call (607) 729-5016 to schedule your consultation.

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