World-Class Cataract Surgery Closer to HomeSep 28, 2020 12:14PM ● By Roger M. Kaldawy, M.D., Milford Franklin Eye Center
Cataract surgery is by far the most common surgery performed in the United States. With advanced technology, and if you choose an experienced and highly skilled surgeon, modern cataract surgery should be a rather quick outpatient and a minimal risk procedure. If you are considering cataract surgery, your expectations should not only be to improve your vision, reduce glare at night, see more vivid colors and improve your day to day activities, but you should also be given an opportunity to reduce your dependence on glasses or contacts and, in many cases, eliminate this need. Your expectations should also be to have your surgery by a world-class surgeon close to where you live and not be told to travel hours for testing and surgery. Many choices exist on where to have the surgery and by whom. Here are the specific questions to ask when it’s time to have the surgery:
1- Why are you referring me to this surgeon? Your eye care providers may ask you to travel miles and hours away from home to have your surgery with a particular surgeon of their choice. When you have experienced surgeons within minutes from where you live and when those top-notch ethical surgeons with excellent nationwide reputation will perform your surgery in a state-of-the-art surgery center closer to home, ask your provider why they want you to travel hours and miles away. Beware referral bias. In our center, 100% of the surgeries are performed in a state-of-the-art facility in Milford. Very close to home.
2- What type of anesthesia am I going to get? With modern cataract surgery, most surgeries should be completed under topical anesthesia. This means that the surgery eye becomes numb with drops. No need for injections or shots around or behind your eye. No shots will reduce the risk of bleeding and serious complications from the shots. Ask about the techniques of the surgeon you are being ask to travel to see. In our center, 100% of the surgeries are performed under topical simple anesthesia.
3- What are the risks? One of the most dreaded risks of cataract surgery is accidental damage to the posterior capsule, which is the back wall of the bag holding your lens. Ask about the complication rate of the surgeon you are being asked to travel to. In our center this rate is close to zero percent.
4- What is the rate of infections in your center? Another potentially devastating risk of cataract surgery is an infection inside the eye called “endophthalmitis”. Ask the complication rate of the surgeon you are being asked to travel to. In our center this rate is close to zero percent.
5- Where will the surgery be performed? Did you know that when your optometrist refers you to a surgeon who will perform your surgery at a hospital your insurance deductible and co-insurance cost may be higher at a hospital? If this is happening to you, we are available for a second opinion! All our surgeries are performed at an ambulatory surgery center in Milford- not a hospital with potential cost savings to you.
6- What type of technology is available at your surgery facility? Different centers have different equipment and resources. For instance, Massachusetts has only few centers offering bladeless cataract surgery. This should be an option if you want to reduce dependence on glasses and treat low grades of astigmatism at the same time as your cataract surgery. Our center was among the first in the State and New England to offer this technology. Did you know that hospitals do not offer laser bladeless cataract surgery? We do!
7- What type of implant am I going to get? Different lens implants can be used during cataract surgery with different materials, quality and ability to reduce your need for glasses. Ask your referring provider about his/her surgeon choice of implants. Our center was the first in the greater Boston area to offer the new Panoptix trifocal implant. With this implant you can see clearly at distance, close and intermediate like phone and computer screen.
8- Will my need to wear glasses be reduced? Cataract surgery is a wonderful opportunity to limit or eliminate your need for glasses. As the surgeon removes the cataract, there is an opportunity to replace the cloudy lens with a special high-tech implant able to achieve this goal. Ask your referring provider about his/her surgeon of choice ability to achieve those goals. Our center has many happy and glasses free patients.
9- Will I have stitches? It is ideal to eliminate the need of stitches such as the surgery is a no-stitch surgery. Placing a stitch can be complicated by stitch induced astigmatism, a foreign body sensation and a broken and irritating stitch. Ask your referring provider if his/her surgeon of choice is still using stitches. 100% of our cataract procedures are stitch-free.
10- What will be my vision on day 1 after the surgery? One of the measurements defining quality of outcomes after cataract surgery is the quality of vision on day 1 after the surgery. Surgeons should strive to make the vision correct to as close to best as possible on day 1. Ask your referring provider about his/her surgeon of choice ability to achieve this outcome. Our center has many patients with happy 20/20 vision on day 1 after cataract surgery.
Cataract surgery is all about better precision, more safety and excellent outcomes. At Milford Franklin Eye Center, Dr. Kaldawy is proud to have been the first surgeon in the area and among the first in Massachusetts to offer bladeless laser-assisted cataract surgery and the first surgeon in the greater Boston area to implant the PanOptix lens implant. We offer bladeless laser cataract surgery. We implant high quality premium lenses only, with correction for distance, near and everything in between. Many cases of astigmatism are no longer a problem. Our percentage of posterior capsule complications and infections is one of the lowest in the Nation. No more need to travel hours for your cataract surgery! We operate in a state-of-the-art surgery center in Milford, offering bladeless laser cataract surgery. 100% of the surgeries are performed under topical anesthesia, so only drops, no need for shots and no need for stitches. Brand new gorgeous office in Franklin and a second location in Milford. Seven providers with your interest in mind first, offering the best, cost-efficient surgical care in an ambulatory surgery center closer to home.
The Milford Franklin Eye Center- Cataract Surgery Center of Milford is proud to announce that we have secured recertification by the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities (AAAASF) which sets the Gold Standard in Accreditation and certifies thousands of facilities world-wide. An accreditation certification by AAAASF provides you with peace of mind, because it means that our surgery center has no deficiencies and maintains the highest standards in patient safety, surgical results, infectious disease control and health care quality. We are proud to provide the best of the best in outpatient surgical care closer to home.
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