Over 20 Years’ Experience Performing Cataract Surgery in Northampton, Springfield, and Ware
Dr. Balin has been successfully performing cataract surgery for over two decades. Her surgical expertise and success have made her a well-known and respected cataract surgeon throughout western Massachusetts.
At the Balin Eye & Laser Center we recommend routine eye exams to maintain the health of the eyes. During the exam your eyes are dilated and the doctor will thoroughly examine each eye to detect any eye conditions present such as cataracts.
What Is a Cataract?
A cataract occurs when the natural lens in the eye becomes cloudy or yellowed. This change in the lens progresses and begins to adversely affect the patient’s vision. Some cataracts may develop slowly so that a patient is unaware that he/she has a cataract.
Although cataracts are usually diagnosed in older patients, cataracts may be present in younger patients. As this cloudiness progresses, patients begin to experience symptoms such as frequent script changes, difficulty with night glare, vision no longer appears clear and colors seem faded. Although most cataracts are associated with aging, cataracts can also occur from an eye injury, frequent exposure to the sun, a medical condition or they may be caused by some medications. Cataracts may also be the result of genetics.
Since cataracts can be slow to progress, many patients may not initially notice the subtle changes in their vision. A dilated eye exam is necessary to properly diagnose a cataract. Once you have been diagnosed, you will need cataract surgery in order to remove the cataract.
Laser Cataract Surgery
When performing cataract surgery, Dr. Balin uses only the most advanced methods. The most advanced technique to remove a cataract available today is through the use of a Femtosecond laser.
Femtosecond laser technology allows Dr. Balin to treat astigmatism during surgery, and offers increased safety and precision. The use of femtosecond technology for cataract surgery is not covered by insurance, although it is the best and safest way to perform cataract surgery today.
What is a femtosecond laser?
The Femtosecond laser is an FDA-approved medical device that can be used for many purposes. Femtosecond laser technology is used to perform a number of the steps required to remove a cataract during surgery.
Well over 1 million cataract procedures have been performed with Femtosecond laser technology since it was approved by the FDA over 10 years ago.
What are the benefits of femtosecond cataract surgery?
There are many benefits to cataract surgery using a femtosecond laser, including:
- Reduction of corneal astigmatism to improve vision and surgical outcomes
- Enhanced surgical precision during the capsulotomy step of the procedure, reducing the rate of anterior capsular tears and complications
- Laser-assisted cataract surgery softens the lens for removal, which makes surgery less traumatic to the eye and results in faster recovery from cataract surgery.
- More precise corneal incisions
Learn more about laser cataract surgery by scheduling a consultation with Dr. Nancy Balin today!
Frequently Asked Questions About Cataract Surgery
Schedule a Cataract Evaluation
For more information or to schedule a cataract evaluation with Dr. Balin, please contact our office at 413-584-6666. We offer cataract evaluations at our offices in Springfield, Ware, and Northampton.