Eye surgeon Nancy Balin, MD, FACS, performs the most advanced cataract surgery available today, implementing a method known as phacoemulsification. The eye surgery is performed in West Springfield, Massachusetts at the cataract and laser center on an outpatient basis under local anesthesia. A complete physical examination is required prior to the surgical procedure to ensure the patients overall health. During the surgery an ultra sound emitting probe is directed at the cataract. These high-energy sound waves break the cataract into tiny, microscopic pieces, which are gently suctioned, from the eye. The procedure is performed through a small incision which is self sealing, requiring no sutures. Most people report improved vision immediately following the surgery and are able to return to their normal activities within two days.