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Cataract surgery: same-day surgical eye care


Suresh Mandava, MD, eye surgeon at the Helmsley Ambulatory Surgical Center in Holly Hill
Suresh Mandava, MD, eye surgeon at the Helmsley Ambulatory Surgical Center in Holly Hill, where cataract surgery is the most common procedure.


Did you know that nine out of 10 people who have cataract surgery regain 20-20 vision or better after recovery? Cataract surgery is the top procedure performed at Greenwich Hospital’s Helmsley Ambulatory Surgical Center (HASC) at 55 Holly Hill Lane in Greenwich.

“A cataract is a clouding of the lens inside the eye that can blur vision. Cataract surgery involves removing the cataract and replacing it with an artificial lens,” said Suresh Mandava, MD, an eye surgeon and ophthalmologist.

Cataracts develop slowly over the course of many years and are common in older adults. Symptoms include blurred or hazy vision, poor night vision, sensitivity to glare and light, seeing halos around lights, and colors appearing to be faded or less bright. While not painful, cataracts can interfere with normal daily activities. “At that point, consider getting a cataract evaluation exam with your doctor,” said Dr. Mandava.

The surgical center includes advanced technology to enhance eye surgery. Laser-assisted cataract surgery performed preoperatively can help to improve outcome, decrease surgical time and treat astigmatism. The laser provides customized precise incisions to soften the cataracts, making it easier to remove with less damage to surrounding tissue. Optiwave refractive analysis provides real-time micro measurements to the surgeon for proper fitting and placement of the lens. Surgeons can choose from a range of intraocular lenses, which means patients often no longer need glasses or contacts for distance or near vision.

The Helmsley Ambulatory Surgical Center has grown dramatically since opening in 2009. Today the center has four operating rooms, offering procedures such as colorectal surgery; ear, nose and throat; general surgery; gynecology; orthopedics; pain management; plastic surgery; and urology, in addition to ophthalmology. One operating room is specifically dedicated to performing pain management procedures.

Remember, routine checkups with an ophthalmologist are important because some eye diseases can increase the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.