Dr. Vira Discusses Cataract Surgery on Atl & Co – Milan Eye Center


– Doctor welcome back so good to see you. – Thanks for having me back here. – And Kathy nice to meet you
– Good to be here. – And to get your great
story in just a bit. But first doctor, there
might be people out there who they know of cataracts but they don’t really understand what they are. Will you kind of walk us through that and how the problem occurs? – Sure, so a cataract is the clouding of the natural lens in the eye. And this occurs as you get older. It usually starts in your mid 50s itself, and it progresses as you get older. And what it is is that when you are young, the lens is very clear,
and then as you get older the proteins inside the lens degenerate, and it turns cloudy as you
can see in the picture here. Turns into this yellowish-brownish color. That doesn’t allow light
to be transmitted clearly. And so symptoms for patients can vary from having a general fog
to smokiness of objects and images are not very clear. People have trouble with reading and not being able to
see without enough light. And then,
– Oh look at that at night. – Also yeah, driving at
night can be a problem as you can imagine, you know, as the street signs aren’t very clear and then you get glare and
halos from headlights as well. – And talk about the treatments and even specifically cataract surgery. – Sure, so in patients who
are having difficulties with their daily activities
whether that’s reading, driving or any activities that they enjoy. That’s when we usually
recommend cataract surgery. And cataract surgery has become a very sophisticated surgery
and safe for patients with over 3 million procedures being done in the United
States every year. – Wow. – And it’s an out-patient surgery that patients do very well with, and it only takes about 15 minutes with mild sedation. – Incredible. – And over 98% of patients
get an improvement in their vision with the procedure. And as you can see this
is an image of how the surgery is done with
the two small incisions we open up the cataract’s capsule and then an ultrasound probe is used to break up the cataract into pieces and then on the bottom you can see we put an implant inside the eye. And that ultimately allows the patient to see well after the procedure. – And Kathy what led you to Doctor Vira? What was your story? – Well, I had been seeing
my regular eye doctor for a while and my cataracts only started a year prior to my surgery. And she was like we don’t
need to check it out now, it’s okay, but it got worse. Very rapidly, and I actually
– That’s so scary. – It was scary and I actually
stopped driving at night. And then we had the ice
storm and I was home one day and I could not see to
do some work at home. And I called her, she
was working that day. I went over and she said it’s time. – Oh. – So that’s, and you know
she recommended Dr. Vira, and that’s how it all started. – Yay, and how are you now?
– Great. – And what’s the whole process like? – The process was
wonderful, it really was. The first one I had, I didn’t
really know what to expect and so there was like a little bit of discomfort afterwards and I, you know, saw some, you know, shadows in my eye. Dr. Vira called that first night to ask how I was doing,
– Aw he’s so sweet. I know, well it’s just, it was wonderful. Yeah, it was wonderful, I mean, because that’s so rare to have somebody. You know I mean I don’t know
how many surgeries you do in a day but that’s a lot of phone calls. – It really is. – And so it was really nice. But I really didn’t start like seeing well and seeing everything
til a couple days later. And I called, it was the
weekend, and I called, and the nurse called me back. But then Dr. Vira called me back. So that was really great.
– Yeah. – And then my second one, I had no issues whatsoever. No discomfort.
– That was it. – Yes.
– Within a few days, you’re seeing well again. – Yeah.
– And the next day I, isn’t it the following day? – Yeah, I mean we see people
the day after surgery. – I have 20/20 vision. – Oh, wow.
– Like they were shocked. – Yeah, and are you driving now at night? – Yes, yes. – It’s like you feel like
you got your life back. – Right? No contacts, no glasses. Nothing. – That’s incredible. And Dr. Vira, any precautions
during the recovery period that patients really need to be aware of? What were you kind of saying, make sure Kathy you do this, this, and
that, follow these procedures. – Sure, sure, I mean, Kathy
had a very quick recovery. So within a day or so you’re
able to see pretty well. But what I tell patients
is that just be careful, make sure that your eyes
and your face is clean. And of course for women I
advise don’t wear makeup for the first week and stuff. ‘Cause you don’t want
to get anything dirty into your eye, and then
other things I mention to patients are don’t lift anything heavy and just take it easy for
the first week itself. And then recovery is pretty quick. You’re able to go back
to your normal activities whether that’s work or
you know household chores, pretty much the next day itself. – And Kathy, anybody out
there who’s listening and considering cataract
surgery, any pointers for them? – I refer lots of people to your clinic. And I really highly recommend
the lenses that I got. Because if you’re gonna
go through the surgery, this is what you have for
the rest of your life. You might as well be able to read a paper, read the computer screen as well as be able to see really well. – Wait. Back it up,
you don’t need readers? – No.
– So Kathy chose – I’m so jealous. – Kathy chose to get water
– You too can have this. – You too, pick up the phone. – Kathy chose these lenses that are called multi-focal lenses which have been around for
some time but it gives the patient the chance to be able to see things where
they don’t need glasses or have to be as dependent
on glasses anymore. And so we are now able
to offer that technology to our patients. – That is unbelievable. And doctor, besides the
cataract surgery, quickly, make sure everyone knows all the wonderful services you also perform at the office. – Sure, so in addition
to seeing patients for cataracts and cataract surgery, I also see patients for
other eye conditions such as diabetes, glaucoma, dry eyes, and mac degeneration. And I also see patients for a LASIK consultation and surgery
and corneal diseases. And corneal surgery as well. – And I know you have a lot of people that are watching that
work throughout the week. – Sure. – So how can they be served as well. – So what we just started offering to our patients is actually
Saturday morning clinics, and this is
– Wonderful. – For the patients who are not able to come and see us during the week. We are just starting to offer this in two of our locations
in Marietta and Cumming. – Good. So important. Yeah, ’cause during the week by the time they get off, you know
businesses are closed so. To, to have that edge
and to know that they can get the help they need is incredible. – Absolutely. – And then you have several locations and I know you have a
new one opening up soon. So tell us all about that. – Yeah, so we have five
locations currently. We have them in East Cobb, Johns Creek, Cumming, Buford, and Canton. And we’re opening a location in Alpharetta this December itself so
we’re excited about that. – Good, and then you have a great offer for Atlanta and Company viewers. – Yeah, we’re offering our patients who are calling in the next 24 hours a $500 off of LASIK itself. – Incredible. It’s $500 off for anyone who calls in the next day, 24 hours. And thank you so, so much. Kathy, great meeting you. – It’s nice to meet you too. – And I’m glad that you’re
doing so much better and finely seeing clearly. Well it makes a big difference right? – It’s an enormous difference. – Yeah. – I mean it’s really, it
had gotten really bad. And it is lovely. It’s exciting. – Good, and if you want more information about that awesome special please simply head over to milaneyecenter.com. That’s milaneyecenter.com. Thank you both. – Thank you for having us.
– Thank you.

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