Thursday, December 13, 2012

Glaucoma Risk & Erectile Dysfunction

New York Ophthalmologist Andreas Wolter, M.D. of Seeta Eye Centers in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. counseled on the risk of glaucoma and erectile dysfunction (ED). “While they might seem unrelated, it is actually important that male patients coming to us for eye exams be sure to share everything in their medical history, as men with erectile dysfunction (ED) have a nearly 3-fold greater risk for also having Open-Angle Glaucoma (OAG) than men with normal erectile function”, stressed  Dr. Wolter.

According to a recent publication in the January 2012 journal Ophthalmology, there may well be a common mechanism based on metabolic syndrome and insulin resistance that leads to chronic inflammation of the lining of blood vessels throughout the body-a known contributor to both ED and OAG. “Sometimes when we ask patients to tell us about all of the medical conditions they suffer from or tell us about all of the medications they take, they selectively omit those that might be a little sensitive-such as around the area of erectile dysfunction”, noted Dr. Wolter.

If you or someone you know needs an eye examination or has questions about erectile dysfunction and glaucoma risk, please feel free to call Seeta Eye Centers and schedule an eye examination by calling 845-454-1025, visiting Seeta Eye Centers or facebook.com/seetaeyecenters.
 
Seeta Eye Centers is conveniently located for patients from Westchester County, Rockland County and throughout the Hudson Valley, Dutchess County and Orange County including Poughkeepsie, Fishkill, Middletown, Kingston, New Paltz, Newburgh, Beacon, Bedford, Catskill, Cornwall, Eastchester, Ellenville, Florida, Goshen, Harriman, Harrison, Highland, Highland Falls, Kerhonkson, Mahopac, Monroe, Montgomery, Mount Kisco, New Rochelle, New City, Scarsdale, Saugerties, Spring Valley, Tarrytown, West Point, White Plains, Woodstock, Yorktown Heights and Yonkers, NY.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

NY LASIK Surgeon on Dry Eyes

NY LASIK Surgeon Satish Modi, M.D. commented on LASIK and dry eyes. “By far the most common side effect of LASIK is dry eyes. In fact, it is pretty much expected and pretty normal for all LASIK patients to have some degree of temporary dry eye symptoms after their treatment. The critical thing to know is that the dry eye symptoms should be temporary,” relayed Dr. Modi.

Here is what you should know about LASIK and dry eyes. LASIK is corneal surgery. ANY time we do corneal surgery we typically sever some corneal nerves and we often temporarily disturb the delicate cells on the surface of the eye. By the way, during cataract surgery and any other eye surgery procedures that involve the cornea we do the exact same things. These corneal nerves connect to the Lacrimal Gland which is responsible for producing tears. When the nerves are temporarily interrupted there is a decrease in the amount of tears that are produced-making your eyes feel dry and gritty. To make you more comfortable during the time it takes for the corneal nerves to heal and regenerate we may do one of more of the following for you:

Prescribe Artificial Tear Eye Drops
Insert Tiny Tear Duct Plugs
Prescribe Restasis® Eye Drops
Prescribe Dietary Supplements with Omega-3 Oils

Each of the above acts to either retain the tears that you have, supplement the tears that are lacking or help you produce more of your own tears so that you will be most comfortable and heal properly. Each person will regenerate the fine corneal nerves at a DIFFERENT RATE and thus will need to use one or more of the above tear helpers for different amounts of time. A very important consideration is how healthy your tear film was BEFORE your surgery. A critical part of your LASIK consultation will be a careful examination of your tear film. Sometimes, in order to make you the most comfortable and make the healing and visual recovery process as quick and easy as possible for you, we may actually prescribe one or more of the above BEFORE your surgery.


If you or someone you know has a question about LASIK and dry eyes you can schedule an appointment by calling Seeta Eye Centers at 845-454-1025, visiting Seeta Eye Centers or facebook.com/seetaeyecenters.

Seeta Eye Centers is conveniently located for patients from Westchester County, Rockland County and throughout the Hudson Valley, Dutchess County and Orange County including Poughkeepsie, Fishkill, Middletown, Kingston, New Paltz, Newburgh, Beacon, Bedford, Catskill, Cornwall, Eastchester, Ellenville, Florida, Goshen, Harriman, Harrison, Highland, Highland Falls, Kerhonkson, Mahopac, Monroe, Montgomery, Mount Kisco, New Rochelle, New City, Scarsdale, Saugerties, Spring Valley, Tarrytown, West Point, White Plains, Woodstock, Yorktown Heights and Yonkers, NY.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

NY Cataract Surgeon on Lens Implants & Glasses

“As more and more “baby boomers” approach the age of cataracts, they want to know how we can use lens implants to help them be less dependent on glasses after cataract surgery,” explained Poughkeepsie NY Cataract Surgeon Satish Modi, M.D. of Seeta Eye Centers. “Pretty much each day we answer lots of patient questions about cataract surgery, lens implants and the need-or not-for eyeglasses. This is not surprising as over the past 5 years or so, patient expectations and advances in lens implant technology have driven a convergence of the goals cataract surgery and refractive surgery.”

Traditionally, the goal of cataract surgery was to remove the cloudy crystalline lens and replace it with an intraocular lens implant (IOL) of equivalent optical power so as to achieve “emmetropia” thus allowing patients to have good distance vision. The goal of refractive surgery is to help patients decrease or possibly even eliminate their dependence on eyeglasses or contact lenses. Today, the rapidly growing cataract patient population wants to achieve both the benefits of cataract surgery and refractive surgery in one combined procedure.

In order to meet patient expectations of being “glasses free” and help patients achieve their personal vision correction and lifestyle goals, it is necessary for us to first carefully select the type and design of lens implant as well as to accurately calculate the IOL power.

“The more advanced types and designs of lens implants that we work with include toric lens implants for patients who have significant amounts of astigmatism prior to cataract surgery, and who do not wish to wear eyeglasses to see clearly at a distance, and near vision correcting multifocal lens implants that provide vision correction at the full range of distances-far or distance vision, arm’s length or intermediate vision and up close near vision,” explained Dr. Modi.

“As a cataract and refractive surgeon, I strive to shape realistic patient expectations and then work to provide the medical, surgical and optical care necessary help patients meet or exceed them,” commented Dr. Modi. “When patients ask me, “Will I have to wear glasses after my cataract surgery?”, I make sure to help them understand that we can offer them the possibility of a lifestyle that minimizes or possibly eliminates their need for glasses through careful lens implant counseling and selection,”, he further explained. “For almost every patient, being able to essentially live “glasses free” adds an extra level of convenience, comfort and freedom to their everyday lifestyle and activities.”

If you or someone you know has questions about Cataracts, Cataract Surgery or Lens Implants (IOL) please feel free to call Seeta Eye Centers and schedule an eye examination by calling 845-454-1025, visiting Seeta Eye Centers or facebook.com/seetaeyecenters.

Seeta Eye Centers is conveniently located for patients from Westchester County, Rockland County and throughout the Hudson Valley, Dutchess County and Orange County including Poughkeepsie, Fishkill, Middletown, Kingston, New Paltz, Newburgh, Beacon, Bedford, Catskill, Cornwall, Eastchester, Ellenville, Florida, Goshen, Harriman, Harrison, Highland, Highland Falls, Kerhonkson, Mahopac, Monroe, Montgomery, Mount Kisco, New Rochelle, New City, Scarsdale, Saugerties, Spring Valley, Tarrytown, West Point, White Plains, Woodstock, Yorktown Heights and Yonkers, NY.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Find Top NY LASIK Surgeons

“The most important decision you make regarding LASIK will be the one you take to find a top NY LASIK surgeon. It’s well worth the time,” commented Stacey Koch of Seeta Eye Centers in Poughkeepsie, New York. But what makes a top LASIK surgeon? For sure, top LASIK surgeons have the skill, expertise and experience to perform LASIK surgery in a safe, effective and predictable manner using the most advanced Laser Eye Surgery technology and techniques. But they also have some other characteristics that set them apart from the rest.
  • Top LASIK Surgeons are easy to trust because they are empathic-they hear and appreciate what you say and they connect with you and your personal goals.
  • Top LASIK Surgeons take care and time to consider every aspect of your eye health and vision during your evaluation and consultation. 
  • Top LASIK Surgeons say NO! if you are not a good candidate. 
  • Top LASIK Surgeons insist that you return for proper follow-up care even if YOU think you are doing just fine. 
  • Top LASIK Surgeons want to hear your questions-and are happy to answer them in simple understandable language. 
  • Top LASIK Surgeons fully discuss the risks, benefits, possible complications and side effects in a balanced manner. 
  • Top LASIK Surgeons can be counted on to effectively manage your eye surgery when things are going perfectly as well and when things a bit off track.
Choosing a LASIK surgeon is the single most important decision you will make. Do the research. Meet the surgeon. If it works out move ahead. If not, schedule another consultation. At Seeta Eye Centers, our patients regularly tell us that Dr. Modi is a “Top LASIK Surgeon”. You can find out for yourself by calling Seeta Eye Centers at 845-454-1025, visiting Seeta Eye Centers or facebook.com/seetaeyecenters and scheduling a Free LASIK Consultation!
 
Seeta Eye Centers is conveniently located for patients from Westchester County, Rockland County and throughout the Hudson Valley, Dutchess County and Orange County including Poughkeepsie, Fishkill, Middletown, Kingston, New Paltz, Newburgh, Beacon, Bedford, Catskill, Cornwall, Eastchester, Ellenville, Florida, Goshen, Harriman, Harrison, Highland, Highland Falls, Kerhonkson, Mahopac, Monroe, Montgomery, Mount Kisco, New Rochelle, New City, Scarsdale, Saugerties, Spring Valley, Tarrytown, West Point, White Plains, Woodstock, Yorktown Heights and Yonkers, NY.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Diabetic Retinopathy Risk & Pregnancy in NY


Dr. Wolter

NY Ophthalmologist Andreas Wolter, M.D. of Seeta Eye Centers in Poughkeepsie, New York discussed the need for extra diligence for diabetic patients who are pregnant or considering getting pregnant as the management of diabetic retinopathy risk is critical. “Most women today are well aware of the effects of pregnancy on hormones, but they may not realize that these hormonal changes can accelerate the damage to the small blood vessels in the retina leading to rapid acceleration of diabetic retinopathy during pregnancy,” said Dr. Wolter. “We strongly recommend that we work side by side with diabetic patients, their obstetricians and sometimes even retina specialists during preconception as well as during the actual pregnancy and post pregnancy period to insure early diagnosis and intervention if needed. In this we can we can minimize the risk of diabetic retinopathy and achieve optimal patient outcomes’, summarized Dr. Wolter.

If you or someone you know is a diabetic and considering getting pregnant or is already pregnant, it is important that you schedule an appointment for a diabetic eye exam. Early diagnosis and treatment is the key to preserving eye health and vision with diabetes. Please feel free to call Seeta Eye Centers and schedule an eye examination by calling 845-454-1025, visiting Seeta Eye Centers or facebook.com/seetaeyecenters.

Seeta Eye Centers is conveniently located for patients from Westchester County, Rockland County and throughout the Hudson Valley, Dutchess County and Orange County including Poughkeepsie, Fishkill, Middletown, Kingston, New Paltz, Newburgh, Beacon, Bedford, Catskill, Cornwall, Eastchester, Ellenville, Florida, Goshen, Harriman, Harrison, Highland, Highland Falls, Kerhonkson, Mahopac, Monroe, Montgomery, Mount Kisco, New Rochelle, New City, Scarsdale, Saugerties, Spring Valley, Tarrytown, West Point, White Plains, Woodstock, Yorktown Heights and Yonkers, NY.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Eye Surgeons on Cataract Surgery & Diabetes in NY

“At Seeta Eye Centers we routinely perform successful cataract surgery and lens implants for patients with diabetes-but we are particularly critical in our evaluation and surgery techniques for patients with diabetes,” commented NY Cataract Surgeon Satish Modi, M.D. “Our incorporation of the Alcon® LenSx® Femtosecond Laser to perform bladeless laser assisted cataract surgery has given us even greater confidence in the precision and predictability for higher risk patients.”

Diabetes is a known risk factor for developing cataracts and diabetic retinopathy-a serious threat to vision and a leading cause of new blindness. “The abnormal carbohydrate and sugar metabolism that is the hallmark of diabetes causes the sugars and metabolic byproducts to damage the crystalline lens of the eye and form cataracts. Thus, it is not uncommon for diabetic patients to need cataract surgery and often at an earlier age than others who are not diabetic,” explained Andreas Wolter, M.D., a New York Cataract Surgeon at Seeta Eye Centers in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. “While diabetes is known to cause difficulty with wound healing, the type of small incision cataract surgery performed today really poses no additional risk to diabetic patients than non diabetic patients. Further, we now use the femtosecond laser for bladeless cataract surgery which gives use exquisite control of the wound and incision architecture each and every time we operate,” noted Dr. Modi.

“It is important that diabetics considering cataract surgery have a careful evaluation of the retina-especially the macula-using ocular coherence tomography (OCT) to identify the presence of diabetic macular edema, a known finding in diabetic retinopathy that can cause less then optimal results. In addition, in certain situations some cataract surgeons may take an added precaution of placing an injection of VEGF inhibitor such as Avastin™ or Lucentis™ into the vitreous of the eye to prevent new blood vessel growth. Other than these considerations diabetic cataract surgery can offer patients good results,” concluded Dr. Wolter.

Early diagnosis and treatment is the key to preserving eye health and vision with diabetes. If you or someone you know suffers from diabetes and is concerned about cataracts or in need of cataract surgery and lens implants please feel free to call Seeta Eye Centers and schedule an eye examination by calling 845-454-1025, visiting Seeta Eye Centers or facebook.com/seetaeyecenters.

Seeta Eye Centers is conveniently located for patients from Westchester County, Rockland County and throughout the Hudson Valley, Dutchess County and Orange County including Poughkeepsie, Fishkill, Middletown, Kingston, New Paltz, Newburgh, Beacon, Bedford, Catskill, Cornwall, Eastchester, Ellenville, Florida, Goshen, Harriman, Harrison, Highland, Highland Falls, Kerhonkson, Mahopac, Monroe, Montgomery, Mount Kisco, New Rochelle, New City, Scarsdale, Saugerties, Spring Valley, Tarrytown, West Point, White Plains, Woodstock, Yorktown Heights and Yonkers, NY.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

NY Doctor on Diabetes & Eye Problems

NY eye doctor Satish Modi, M.D. shared some important information and facts about diabetes, diabetic retinopathy and eye problems. Dr. Modi explained, “Diabetes can have a significant effect on your eyes and vision. This disease affects your ability to produce or use insulin properly and thus control blood sugar levels. Too much glucose in the blood for a long time can cause damage to the blood vessels-especially the small blood vessels in the heart, kidneys and eyes.”

When the blood vessels in the retina swell, leak or close off completely, or if abnormal new blood vessels grow on the surface of the retina, it results in diabetic retinopathy. “Those people who are at greater risk of developing diabetic retinopathy are those who have poor blood sugar control, women who are pregnant and people with high blood pressure, high blood lipids or both,” further explained Dr. Modi. “In addition, people who are from certain ethnic groups, such as African-Americans, Hispanics and Native Americans are more likely to develop diabetic retinopathy.”

Diabetes can cause vision in your eyes to change even if you do not have retinopathy. If your blood sugar levels change quickly, it can affect the shape of your eye’s crystalline lens, causing blurry vision, which goes back to normal after your blood sugar stabilizes. Maintaining good control of your blood sugar helps reduce episodes of blurry vision. If you or someone you know has diabetes or even high blood sugar, especially if there is a family history of diabetes-you should have regular eye exams to help protect your eye health and vision. The key to successful treatment of diabetic retinopathy is early detection and intervention. If you or someone you know suffers from diabetes please make sure that they are getting regular eye exams to help preserve their eye health and vision. Please feel free to call Seeta Eye Centers and schedule an eye examination by calling 845-454-1025, visiting Seeta Eye Centers or facebook.com/seetaeyecenters.

Seeta Eye Centers is conveniently located for patients from Westchester County, Rockland County and throughout the Hudson Valley, Dutchess County and Orange County including Poughkeepsie, Fishkill, Middletown, Kingston, New Paltz, Newburgh, Beacon, Bedford, Catskill, Cornwall, Eastchester, Ellenville, Florida, Goshen, Harriman, Harrison, Highland, Highland Falls, Kerhonkson, Mahopac, Monroe, Montgomery, Mount Kisco, New Rochelle, New City, Scarsdale, Saugerties, Spring Valley, Tarrytown, West Point, White Plains, Woodstock, Yorktown Heights and Yonkers, NY.

Monday, November 5, 2012

NY Eye Doctor at Israel Ophthalmological Society

NY eye doctor Satish Modi, M.D. of Seeta Eye Centers in Poughkeepsie, New York spoke to the Israel Ophthalmological Society at the Israel Museum of Art about the use of the anti-inflammatory eye drop Nevanac 0.3% which was just launched in Israel. Dr. Modi was one of the principal investigators that brought this eye drop to market in the U.S. Dr. Modi spoke to leading cataract surgeons as well as prominent retina specialists in Israel who also do cataract surgery about how this eye drop reduces retina swelling after cataract surgery and especially for patients with diabetic retinopathy after cataract surgery.
If you or someone you would like to learn more cataracts, bladeless cataract surgery or lens implants please feel free to schedule an appointment by calling Seeta Eye Centers at 845-454-1025, visiting Seeta Eye Centers or facebook.com/seetaeyecenters.

Seeta Eye Centers is conveniently located for patients from Westchester County, Rockland County and throughout the Hudson Valley, Dutchess County and Orange County including Poughkeepsie, Fishkill, Middletown, Kingston, New Paltz, Newburgh, Beacon, Bedford, Catskill, Cornwall, Eastchester, Ellenville, Florida, Goshen, Harriman, Harrison, Highland, Highland Falls, Kerhonkson, Mahopac, Monroe, Montgomery, Mount Kisco, New Rochelle, New City, Scarsdale, Saugerties, Spring Valley, Tarrytown, West Point, White Plains, Woodstock, Yorktown Heights and Yonkers, NY.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

NY Ophthalmologist on Halloween Contact Lenses & Eyes

“Halloween, decorative contact lenses and your eyes may not be the best combination,” commented NY Ophthalmologist Andreas Wolter, M.D. of Seeta Eye Center in Poughkeepsie, New York. “During this particular celebration, lots of Halloween fun lovers like to change the color of their eyes from blue to some far out appearance or ghoulish look by using over-the-counter, decorative contact lenses that may enhance holiday fun, but can lead to serious vision-threatening problems,” he emphasized.

According to the Food and Drug Administration, all contact lenses are regulated medical devices that require a prescription and proper fitting by an eye-care professional. Even someone with perfect vision would still require an eye exam and a prescription in order to wear any kind of contacts, including cosmetic lenses.

Some websites advertise decorative contacts as if they were fashion accessories or toys with fanciful, playful packaging in order to attract teens and young adults, especially girls. The problem is not that people use decorative, noncorrosive lenses-sometimes called Plano-or zero-powered lenses, but that they buy the devices without a prescription through unlicensed vendors on the Internet or at flea markets and specialty shops.

The buyer of these over-the-counter contact lenses faces a huge risk including scratched corneas, pink eye and more serious types of blinding infection as a result of a corneal ulcer

In 2005, a federal law was passed that classified all contact lenses as medical devices and restricted their distribution to licensed eye-care professionals. Illegal sale of contacts can result in civil penalties of up to $11,000 per violation.

The safe and effective use of contact lenses-whether decorative or not-requires proper fitting and education about their care to prevent the potential for serious eye  problems from becoming a reality.

If you or a friend would like to learn more about contact lenses of any type including decorative contacts please feel free to call Seeta Eye Centers and schedule an eye examination by calling 845-454-1025, visiting Seeta Eye Centers or facebook.com/seetaeyecenters and we will be happy to give the most appropriate information and refer you to qualified licensed contact lens practioner who will help you get the safest contact lenses for your eyes.

Seeta Eye Centers is conveniently located for patients from Westchester County, Rockland County and throughout the Hudson Valley, Dutchess County and Orange County including Poughkeepsie, Fishkill, Middletown, Kingston, New Paltz, Newburgh, Beacon, Bedford, Catskill, Cornwall, Eastchester, Ellenville, Florida, Goshen, Harriman, Harrison, Highland, Highland Falls, Kerhonkson, Mahopac, Monroe, Montgomery, Mount Kisco, New Rochelle, New City, Scarsdale, Saugerties, Spring Valley, Tarrytown, West Point, White Plains, Woodstock, Yorktown Heights and Yonkers, NY.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

NY LASIK Surgeon on Eyes & Being Pregnant

NY LASIK Surgeon Satish Modi, M.D. discussed how being pregnant can affect your eyes and the decision to have LASIK surgery. “Potential LASIK candidates are often surprised when I ask them at their consultation if they are, or are considering becoming pregnant. They ask, “What does being pregnant have to with my eyes? Sometimes quite a bit I tell them,” explained Dr. Modi.

During pregnancy your body undergoes fluctuations in hormone levels, changes in fluid retention and even an increase in your overall blood volume. These types of changes can result in your eyes changing in various ways. Fortunately eye changes due to pregnancy are usually temporary and resolve after the baby is born or after the cessation of breast feeding. Typically vision changes are minor and don’t require a change in eyeglasses, however there are some eye changes that do require care and attention. 

“If you were thinking about having LASIK you should delay your actual LASIK Surgery procedure until at least three months after your delivery or three months after you stop nursing. This is necessary because the thickness of your cornea may fluctuate during pregnancy and will reduce the accuracy of the LASIK correction. Also, hormonal fluctuations are often the cause of dry eye. This can make you uncomfortable by itself and can certainly make wearing your contact lenses more difficult,” further explained Dr. Modi. If you experience dry eyes during pregnancy be sure to consult your eye care provider so that “pregnancy-safe” lubricating eye drops or other alternative treatments for dry eye can be prescribed. Sometimes simply eating foods high in omega-3 fatty acids such as salmon, flax seeds and walnuts, may help resolve dry eye and also supports general good health.

“On a more serious note, if your vision becomes noticeably blurry, it may signal high blood pressure or pregnancy-related diabetes,” cautioned Dr, Modi. “If you experience dry eyes, changes in vision or especially very blurred vision during pregnancy it is important to schedule an appointment to see us.”

If you or someone you know would like to learn more about eyes and being pregnant or LASIK and whether they are a good candidate please call Seeta Eye Centers and schedule an eye examination or schedule a free LASIK consultation by calling 845-454-1025, visiting Seeta Eye Centers or facebook.com/seetaeyecenters.

Seeta Eye Centers is conveniently located for patients from Westchester County, Rockland County and throughout the Hudson Valley, Dutchess County and Orange County including Poughkeepsie, Fishkill, Middletown, Kingston, New Paltz, Newburgh, Beacon, Bedford, Catskill, Cornwall, Eastchester, Ellenville, Florida, Goshen, Harriman, Harrison, Highland, Highland Falls, Kerhonkson, Mahopac, Monroe, Montgomery, Mount Kisco, New Rochelle, New City, Scarsdale, Saugerties, Spring Valley, Tarrytown, West Point, White Plains, Woodstock, Yorktown Heights and Yonkers, NY.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Affordable Bladeless LASIK in NY

“Believe it or not, most NY patients are surprised about how affordable Bladeless LASIK is at Seeta Eye Centers in Poughkeepsie, New York,” shared Stacey Koch. “We take the time to work with each patient in order you to help you achieve your personal vision correction goals at Seeta Eye Centers. Then we review any and all possible payment options and payment plans to help make it affordable for you.”

 “Many of our patients use our easy monthly payment plans. We can arrange the amount you pay each month to fit your budget-in most instances you do not even have to put any money down and we can do this with 0% interest if you would like,” explained Ms. Koch. “Also, we find that it is pretty common these days for employers to offer Flex Plans-Flexible Spending Accounts or FSA’s. These plans allow you to have money taken out of your paycheck over time to pay for LASIK. What is even more appealing about Flex Plans is that money is withheld in Pre-Tax dollars allowing you to get extra tax savings. But patients thinking about using a Flex Plan for LASIK or even elective Lens Implants need to do so pretty soon as this benefit is due to be limited as Obamacare gets implemented.”

Other ways Bladeless LASIK can be made pretty affordable at Seeta Eye Centers is through the use of insurance and discounted fee for service plans. More and more health insurance or vision insurance plans are offering partial coverage or a discount for LASIK to their participants. “When you come in for your free LASIK consultation, we will check all the possibilities to see what might be applicable or what you might be eligible for,” she said. “Even if we are not a direct provider on your plan, if you have coverage, we will make every attempt to honor your benefit allowance when you come to Seeta Eye Centers.

If you or someone you know would like to learn more about LASIK and whether they are a good candidate please and how we can make bladeless LASIK affordable, call Seeta Eye Centers for a free LASIK consultation at 845-454-1025, visit Seeta Eye Centers or facebook.com/seetaeyecenters.

Seeta Eye Centers is conveniently located for patients from Westchester County, Rockland County and throughout the Hudson Valley, Dutchess County and Orange County including Poughkeepsie, Fishkill, Middletown, Kingston, New Paltz, Newburgh, Beacon, Bedford, Catskill, Cornwall, Eastchester, Ellenville, Florida, Goshen, Harriman, Harrison, Highland, Highland Falls, Kerhonkson, Mahopac, Monroe, Montgomery, Mount Kisco, New Rochelle, New City, Scarsdale, Saugerties, Spring Valley, Tarrytown, West Point, White Plains, Woodstock, Yorktown Heights and Yonkers, NY.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

NY Laser Cataract Surgeon Invited Faculty

NY Cataract Surgeon Satish Modi, M.D., F.R.C.S. (C) has been invited to be a faculty member for bladeless laser cataract surgery at the Alcon® LenSx® Femtosecond Laser User Group Meeting at the upcoming Annual Meeting of American Academy of Ophthalmology to be held in Chicago November 8, 2012. “I am thrilled to be able to share my techniques, experiences and results with bladeless laser cataract surgery and lens implants with colleagues from around the world. Being a faculty member challenges me to help explain the technical and clinical advantages I have observed and delivered to my patients with a group of world class cataract surgeons. This is a real privilege,” remarked Dr. Modi of Seeta Eye Centers in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. “The precision of bladeless laser cataract surgery and lens implants is quite impressive. I can’t wait to share my experiences.”

If you or someone you know has a cataract or is considering cataract surgery and would like to learn more about bladeless laser cataract surgery you may schedule an appointment for a Cataract and Lens Implant consultation including Laser Cataract Surgery by calling Seeta Eye Centers at 845-454-1025, visiting Seeta Eye Centers or facebook.com/seetaeyecenters.

Seeta Eye Centers is conveniently located for patients in need of cataract surgery and lens implants from Westchester County, Rockland County and throughout the Hudson Valley, Dutchess County and Orange County including Poughkeepsie, Fishkill, Middletown, Kingston, New Paltz, Newburgh, Beacon, Bedford, Catskill, Cornwall, Eastchester, Ellenville, Florida, Goshen, Harriman, Harrison, Highland, Highland Falls, Kerhonkson, Mahopac, Monroe, Montgomery, Mount Kisco, New Rochelle, New City, Scarsdale, Saugerties, Spring Valley, Tarrytown, West Point, White Plains, Woodstock, Yorktown Heights and Yonkers, NY.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

NY Doctor on Eye Injury Prevention

NY eye doctor Andreas Wolter, M.D. of Seeta Eye Centers in Poughkeepsie, New York alerted us about the need to be thoughtful about eye injury prevention. “As an eye physician and surgeon I think it’s important to discuss eye protection and eye injury prevention with patients. Protecting your eyes-even for what seems like ordinary daily activities is a good common sense first step,” remarked Dr. Wolter. “For example, when we go out to mow the lawn, jump-start the car or get ready to do some fall cleaning, the last thing we think about is protecting our eyes. I encourage patients to take a minute and think about what they might do for eye protection before beginning-I ask them to make it top of mind.”

Some ordinary situations and activities that warrant a bit of extra thought about protecting one’s eyes include handling household chemicals, such as cleaning fluids, detergents and ammonia. “These liquids are extremely hazardous and can burn the eye's delicate tissues,” noted Dr. Wolter. When using chemicals, always read instructions and labels carefully, work in a well-ventilated area and make sure spray nozzles point away from you and others before spraying. Be sure to wash your hands thoroughly after use.

Another area to be sensitive to is the potential for eye injury when doing yard work. Before using a lawnmower, power trimmer or edger, check for debris. Stones, twigs and other items can become dangerous projectiles shooting from the blades of a lawnmower, potentially injuring your eyes or those of innocent bystanders. Prevention is the first and most important step in avoiding serious eye injuries, so be sure to protect your eyes with appropriate protective eyewear.

October has been designated Eye Injury Prevention Month by the American Academy of Ophthalmology. If you or someone you would like to learn more eye injury prevention or have experienced an eye injury, please feel free to schedule an appointment by calling Seeta Eye Centers at 845-454-1025, visiting Seeta Eye Centers or facebook.com/seetaeyecenters

Seeta Eye Centers is conveniently located for patients from Westchester County, Rockland County and throughout the Hudson Valley, Dutchess County and Orange County including Poughkeepsie, Fishkill, Middletown, Kingston, New Paltz, Newburgh, Beacon, Bedford, Catskill, Cornwall, Eastchester, Ellenville, Florida, Goshen, Harriman, Harrison, Highland, Highland Falls, Kerhonkson, Mahopac, Monroe, Montgomery, Mount Kisco, New Rochelle, New City, Scarsdale, Saugerties, Spring Valley, Tarrytown, West Point, White Plains, Woodstock, Yorktown Heights and Yonkers, NY.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

NY Surgeon on Cataract Risk & Smoking

NY Cataract Surgeon Satish Modi, M.D. commented on research demonstrating that smoking causes an increased risk of cataracts. “It is pretty well accepted that smoking increases the risk of vascular disease and more recent studies show an increased risk of glaucoma and age related macular degeneration among smokers as well-so it may not be such a surprise that smokers are at greater risk of cataracts,” commented Dr. Modi. According to researchers reporting in Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science, patients who are current smokers or who have any history of smoking are at increased risk of getting a cataract. The researchers found that the current literature suggests that smoking was associated with increased risk of age related cataract, especially nuclear cataract and to some extent posterior subcapsular cataract. They further recommended that additional efforts should be made to confirm these findings and clarify the underlying biological mechanisms.

Andreas Wolter, M.D. of Seeta Eye Center further commented, “We are well aware of the importance of healthy lifestyle and diet choices in preserving eye health and vision-whether for lowering your risk of cataracts, keeping the tiny blood vessels in the eye functioning properly or minimizing the associated risks of glaucoma-it’s important to avoid smoking as a lifestyle choice.”

If you or someone you would like to learn more about Cataracts, Cataract Surgery, Lens Implants or the risk of Cataracts from smoking please feel free to schedule an appointment by calling Seeta Eye Centers at 845-454-1025, visiting Seeta Eye Centers or facebook.com/seetaeyecenters

Seeta Eye Centers is conveniently located for patients from Westchester County, Rockland County and throughout the Hudson Valley, Dutchess County and Orange County including Poughkeepsie, Fishkill, Middletown, Kingston, New Paltz, Newburgh, Beacon, Bedford, Catskill, Cornwall, Eastchester, Ellenville, Florida, Goshen, Harriman, Harrison, Highland, Highland Falls, Kerhonkson, Mahopac, Monroe, Montgomery, Mount Kisco, New Rochelle, New City, Scarsdale, Saugerties, Spring Valley, Tarrytown, West Point, White Plains, Woodstock, Yorktown Heights and Yonkers, NY.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Finding the Best NY Cataract Surgeons

Finding the best NY Cataract Surgeons requires a little bit of work and investigation but is always worth it. To find an eye surgeon who is a cataract specialist can help you to be confident that you are getting the most current information, thoughts and techniques to deal with your cataracts.

Ask People You Trust for a recommendation. Ask your friends, co-workers and family-but most importantly ask your primary care physician who they would go to or who they would send a parent to for cataract surgery.

Don’t Limit Yourself to Insurance Lists. Just because a cataract surgeon is “in network” isn’t a reason to use them if you are able to identify a top cataract surgeon you wish to go to who isn’t listed. Paying a slightly higher co-pay or deductible may be very worthwhile to get the cataract surgeon of your choice. If the best cataract surgeon in your area happens to be in the insurance list then you are all set.

Use the Power of the Internet. Take a minute to search “cataract surgeons in (insert your town/city/state)” or “best cataract surgeon in (insert your town/city/state)”. This will at least give you a starting place to begin creating a list of eye surgeons to investigate further.

Visit the Cataract Surgeon’s Web Site. Once you have compiled a list, visit their web sites and get a feel for their practice culture and philosophy. While a web site by itself can’t tell you much about surgical skills, it can tell you about how well he or she presents information and explains detail to patients. This is important in how comfortable you may feel in that practice.

Schedule a Consultation and Meet the Cataract Surgeon. The only sure fire way to find out if you are comfortable and get a sense of trust from a cataract surgeon is to schedule a consultation and meet the surgeon personally. They should be able to clearly explain your eye health and vision as well as the cataract procedure and answer any questions you have in understandable language and terms. Whether or not you find the right cataract surgeon right off the bat it is never inappropriate to………

Get a Second Opinion. Making a decision about eye surgery is a big deal. Getting to a place where you feel confident, relaxed and comfortable is important. 

If you or someone you would like to learn more about Cataracts, Cataract Surgery, Lens Implants and finding the best NY Cataract Surgeons please feel free to schedule an appointment by calling Seeta Eye Centers at 845-454-1025, visiting Seeta Eye Centers or facebook.com/seetaeyecenters

Seeta Eye Centers is conveniently located for patients from Westchester County, Rockland County and throughout the Hudson Valley, Dutchess County and Orange County including Poughkeepsie, Fishkill, Middletown, Kingston, New Paltz, Newburgh, Beacon, Bedford, Catskill, Cornwall, Eastchester, Ellenville, Florida, Goshen, Harriman, Harrison, Highland, Highland Falls, Kerhonkson, Mahopac, Monroe, Montgomery, Mount Kisco, New Rochelle, New City, Scarsdale, Saugerties, Spring Valley, Tarrytown, West Point, White Plains, Woodstock, Yorktown Heights and Yonkers, NY.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Aspirin & Macular Degeneration (AMD)

 Poughkeepsie NY Ophthalmologist Andreas Wolter, M.D. reviewed information and facts about age related Macular Degeneration (AMD) and aspirin use. “There may be a relationship between frequent aspirin use and Macular Degeneration (AMD) according to researchers from the European Eye Study who  reported some interesting findings in the October 2011 publication Ophthalmology which is the official journal of the American Academy of Ophthalmology,” said Dr. Wolter. “They found that frequent aspirin use may be associated with an increased risk of early or late “wet age-related macular degeneration, but the study is somewhat limited in that there was an unknown amount of aspirin taken, as well as the possibility that participants may have taken aspirin after experiencing visual problems,” he went to explain. “So, at this time the study is interesting but inconclusive and certainly patients taking aspirin to offset the coronary risk profile or other vascular problems should NOT discontinue taking aspirin unless they have been directed to do so by their personal physician.”

If you or someone you would like to learn more about Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) please feel free to schedule an appointment by calling Seeta Eye Centers at 845-454-1025, visiting Seeta Eye Centers or facebook.com/seetaeyecenters.

Seeta Eye Center is a leading NY eye care practice serving the greater Hudson Valley area that provides all aspects of general, medical, surgical and laser eye care. Our Board Certified Ophthalmologists perform Laser Eye Surgery such as Bladeless LASIKBladeless Laser Cataract Surgery & Lens Implants using advanced technology IOLs to correct complex problems such as astigmatism and near vision focusing problems including presbyopia, diagnosis and management of glaucoma, diagnosis and management of diabetic retinopathy and diagnosis and management of Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD).

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Contact Lens Problems & LASIK

Contact lens problems and intolerance are the reasons a great many patients seek LASIK Surgery,” commented NY LASIK Surgeon Satish Modi, M.D. of Seeta Eye Centers which serves the greater Hudson Valley region of New York. “Even with frequent replacement contact lenses, disposable contact lenses and newer contact lens care systems and products a condition called Giant Papillary Conjunctivitis or GPC seems to create contact lens problems and intolerance and motivates more and more patients to schedule LASIK consultations these days,” explained Dr. Modi.

Contact lens wearers often find that no matter how diligent they are in their care and replacement, they become coated with mucous and protein from their tears. After a number of years of wearing contacts it is not uncommon to develop an allergy to the protein on the contact lens which might at first create dry eye symptoms and prompt them to use lubricating eye drops. “This is the beginning of the GPC contact lens problem and as it continues to progress, patients begin to notice some itch and stringy mucous type discharge from their eyes. After a while the contacts just become too uncomfortable and gritty and patients become intolerant and just can’t wear their contacts,” further explained Dr. Modi. Patients with a chronic GPC may decide to have LASIK to correct their vision, so that they no longer need to depend on contacts on a daily basis. LASIK can be a great option for you to rid yourself of the hassle of contacts and allow you to continue a “glasses free” lifestyle for seeing at distance.

If you or someone you know suffers from any type of contact lens problem and would like to learn more about LASIK and whether they are a good candidate please call Seeta Eye Centers for a free LASIK consultation at 845-454-1025, visiting Seeta Eye Centers or facebook.com/seetaeyecenters.

Seeta Eye Centers is conveniently located for patients from Westchester County, Rockland County and throughout the Hudson Valley, Dutchess County and Orange County including Poughkeepsie, Fishkill, Middletown, Kingston, New Paltz, Newburgh, Beacon, Bedford, Catskill, Cornwall, Eastchester, Ellenville, Florida, Goshen, Harriman, Harrison, Highland, Highland Falls, Kerhonkson, Mahopac, Monroe, Montgomery, Mount Kisco, New Rochelle, New City, Scarsdale, Saugerties, Spring Valley, Tarrytown, West Point, White Plains, Woodstock, Yorktown Heights and Yonkers, NY.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Choosing Cataract Lens Implants in NY

“Choosing a lens implant for vision correction after cataract surgery is an important decision,” commented NY Cataract Surgeon Satish Modi, M.D. of Seeta Eye Centers in Poughkeepsie, New York. “Not too long ago, the decision on the exact type of lens implant to use was the sole responsibility of your eye surgeon”, explained Andreas Wolter, M.D. “Today, with advanced technology lens implants that can correct astigmatism after cataract surgery or even the  near vision problems caused by the  age related focusing problem presbyopia, we like to discuss the  options with patients so that  together we can choose the most appropriate lens implant for the lifestyle needs of each patient,” remarked Dr. Wolter.

Dr. Modi went on to explain, “As part of your cataract evaluation we make a recommendation for each patient based on a number of factors including the patient’s prescription, the overall health of their eyes, whether they have any other health problems such as diabetes and most importantly how they use their eyes throughout their daily routine.”

A type of lens implant called an aspheric lens implant seems to give the sharpest, most crisp vision-but only corrects distance vision and requires you to wear reading glasses or bifocals after cataract surgery. This might be fine for a truck driver who needs cataract surgery, but might not be the best choice for a sales clerk who uses his or her eyes at many distances all day. A type of lens implant called a toric lens implant is often selected for cataract patients who have astigmatism correction their eyeglasses. If you have a toric lens implant to correct your vision after cataract Surgery you will still need to correct you near vision to see up close with reading glasses of some sort. For those patients who do a number of things throughout the day that require seeing far away, at arm’s length-say for the computer and also to see up close, if you are a good candidate we can offer you a multifocal lens implant that corrects near vision and presbyopia and so it will help you see at a range of distances without being totally dependent on eyeglasses.

Choosing a lens implant is a joint effort between you and your eye surgeon. It is not your decision alone. It’s not like buying a pair of shoes or a car where you can ask your friends for a good “brand” or you can read a brochure or see a TV commercial and then you can choose. It requires the careful evaluation and recommendation of skilled and experienced cataract surgeons to help you make the best choice.

If you or someone you would like to learn more about Cataracts, Cataract Surgery and choosing a  Lens Implants please feel free to schedule an appointment by calling Seeta Eye Centers at 845-454-1025, visiting Seeta Eye Centers or facebook.com/seetaeyecenters

Seeta Eye Centers is conveniently located for patients from Westchester County, Rockland County and throughout the Hudson Valley, Dutchess County and Orange County including Poughkeepsie, Fishkill, Middletown, Kingston, New Paltz, Newburgh, Beacon, Bedford, Catskill, Cornwall, Eastchester, Ellenville, Florida, Goshen, Harriman, Harrison, Highland, Highland Falls, Kerhonkson, Mahopac, Monroe, Montgomery, Mount Kisco, New Rochelle, New City, Scarsdale, Saugerties, Spring Valley, Tarrytown, West Point, White Plains, Woodstock, Yorktown Heights and Yonkers, NY.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Seeta Eye Centers NY Mobile Web Site

The Ophthalmologists at Seeta Eye Centers are pleased to announce the launch of their new mobile web site. Patients who use an iPhone or Android-really any mobile smartphone or computer tablet like an iPad and need to schedule eye exams, LASIK consultations, cataract and lens implant evaluations and appointments for any type of eye disease or problem including glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration-will be able to easily find and contact us on their mobile devices today. It’s really very easy to reach us on your smartphone-just search Seeta Eye Center on your smartphone you can click right through to see it!

To review the Seeta Eye Center mobile web site, use your smartphone to search Seeta Eye Center. For greater detail and more in depth information visit Seeta Eye Centers or to just be social come see us at facebook.com/seetaeyecenters

Monday, August 20, 2012

Dutchess Senior Aging & Eye Care Talk

The Dutchess County Office of Aging Services will host Andreas Wolter, M.D. to speak on Cataract Surgery, Macular Degeneration (ARMD), Glaucoma and Diabetic eye problems on Thursday September 13, 2012 at 9:30 AM. The talk will be held at the New Hackensack Reformed Church in Wappingers Falls, N.Y. Dr. Wolter will provide current thoughts on these eye problems and for seniors and be available to answer questions. More information about Dr. Wolter’s eye care talk can be obtained by calling 845-486-2555.

Statins May Prevent Cataracts

New York Cataract Surgeon Satish Modi, M.D. of Seeta Eye Centers in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. reviewed recent research indicating that taking statins may help prevent cataracts. ”We are always studying the current scientific literature and publications regarding cataracts, cataract surgery and lens implants so that we can use that knowledge to help our patients preserve their eye health and vision,” commented Dr. Modi. “According to researchers publishing their work in the February 2012 edition of the American Journal of Ophthalmology, the long term use of statins may have a protective effect against cataracts, especially for younger patients aged 50 to 64 years. This might be due to the antioxidant properties,” further explained Dr. Modi. Patients taking Lipitor (Atorvastin), Vytorin (Ezetimibe-Simvastatin), Mevacor (Lovastatin), Pravchol (Pravastatin) or Zocor (Simvastatin) for at least 5 years had a protective effect against cataract surgery among patients aged 50 to 64 years but not among patients older than 64 years. In both age groups, shorter-term use of less than 5 years was linked to an increased risk of cataracts. “The jury is still out on how or the significance of statins preventing cataracts-time will tell and we will continue to review the research,” concluded Dr. Modi. 

If you or someone you know is concerned about Cataracts or has questions about Cataract Surgery and Lens Implants please feel free to schedule an appointment by calling Seeta Eye Centers at 845-454-1025, visiting Seeta Eye Centers or facebook.com/seetaeyecenters

Seeta Eye Centers is conveniently located for patients from Westchester County, Rockland County and throughout the Hudson Valley, Dutchess County and Orange County including Poughkeepsie, Fishkill, Middletown, Kingston, New Paltz, Newburgh, Beacon, Bedford, Catskill, Cornwall, Eastchester, Ellenville, Florida, Goshen, Harriman, Harrison, Highland, Highland Falls, Kerhonkson, Mahopac, Monroe, Montgomery, Mount Kisco, New Rochelle, New City, Scarsdale, Saugerties, Spring Valley, Tarrytown, West Point, White Plains, Woodstock, Yorktown Heights and Yonkers, NY.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Cataract Surgery Complications

New York Cataract Surgeon Satish Modi, M.D. discussed cataract surgery complications.

“For routine cataract surgery in healthy patients the complication rate is quite minimal-in fact well under 5%. Of course this can depend on the experience level of the cataract surgeon as well as whether you have diabetic eye disease, glaucoma or other types of health or eye problems,” explained Dr. Modi of Seeta Eye Centers in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. “Further, we are now using the bladeless laser cataract surgery technique, in addition to doing everything we would normally do, to reduce the risk of complications even more. Considering the significant vision and lifestyle improvements that cataract surgery and lens implants deliver for patients, the risk of complications is really quite low,” emphasized Dr. Modi. 

Even though cataract surgery complications are typically pretty minimal, it is important that patients thinking about any type of eye surgery have some idea of the types of complications that could possibly be encountered. 

Within the first 24-48 hours after a cataract operation, it is possible, but very unusual to experience some bleeding inside the eye, a little bleeding on the surface of the eye or an inner eye infection which is also quite rare. Sometimes, if your cataract surgeon needed to anesthetize the eye using an injection you may have a little “black and blue” eye or an eyelid bruise. This usually clears up pretty quickly. Sometimes the “capsule” around the crystalline lens that is removed as part of the operation might be broken during the surgery and it might be necessary to do a “vitrectomy” as part of the surgery to get a good result. This too is pretty unusual. In very nearsighted patients, although again infrequently, a retinal detachment might occur. Occasionally in patients who have had “no stitch” cataract surgery the actual incision may leak. If this happens it is sometimes necessary for your cataract surgeon to put a stitch in place to tightly close the incision. “With bladeless laser cataract surgery we are able to make absolutely perfect incisions with the laser each and every time we operate-making the possibility of this type of wound leak even more remote,” noted Dr. Modi. 


There are a few types of complications that can occur over a longer period of time after cataract surgery. These include that very rarely the intraocular lens implant (IOL) can move off center or the center of the retina can swell. By far the most common side effect is a clouding of the lens capsule that has been left in place to support the lens implant. "This is an eventual side effect of surgery that happens after virtually every cataract procedure. If one waits long enough, it happens after every cataract surgery, its just a question of when," remarked Dr. Modi. This side effect is pretty easily managed right in the office with a quick, painless procedure called a YAG Laser Capsulotomy that restores the vision almost immediately after the procedure.

Although it might sound like there are lots of possible complications of cataract surgery, rest assured they are quite unusual. This most common one of capsule opacity is easily treated. If you need cataract surgery it is important to be knowledgeable so you appreciate the degree of skill and experience required of your cataract surgeon to help you get the best result. 

If you or someone you know has Cataracts and has questions about Cataract Surgery and Lens Implant complications please feel free to schedule an appointment by calling Seeta Eye Centers at 845-454-1025, visiting Seeta Eye Centers or facebook.com/seetaeyecenters 

Seeta Eye Centers is conveniently located for patients from Westchester County, Rockland County and throughout the Hudson Valley, Dutchess County and Orange County including Poughkeepsie, Fishkill, Middletown, Kingston, New Paltz, Newburgh, Beacon, Bedford, Catskill, Cornwall, Eastchester, Ellenville, Florida, Goshen, Harriman, Harrison, Highland, Highland Falls, Kerhonkson, Mahopac, Monroe, Montgomery, Mount Kisco, New Rochelle, New City, Scarsdale, Saugerties, Spring Valley, Tarrytown, West Point, White Plains, Woodstock, Yorktown Heights and Yonkers, NY.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Eye Health, Vision & Food

NY Ophthalmologist Andreas Wolter, M.D., reminded us about the importance of how food choices and eating properly can affect eye health and vision. “Almost everyone is aware that diet is an important consideration in overall health-especially as related to cardiovascular problems, blood pressure problems and certainly in keeping our arteries healthy,” said Dr. Wolter of Seeta Eye Centers in Poughkeepsie, New York. “I like to discuss with patients-especially seniors-that maintaining eye health and vision depend on the very tiny blood vessels in the eye being able to supply oxygen and nutrients to the delicate tissues-especially in the retina. Keeping those blood vessels healthy is an important part of preserving vision as we age. As part of an overall healthy diet, several key nutrients appear to be particularly important to preserving sight as we get older", Dr. Wolter further explained. 

Vitamin C, Vitamin E & Zinc 

Over 10 years ago the Age-Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS) reported that people given vitamin E, vitamin C, beta carotene, and zinc in supplements were less likely to develop advanced age-related macular degeneration, or AMD. The combination was most effective at slowing the progression from intermediate to advanced AMD, which is one of the leading causes of age-related blindness. Because of those findings, many people diagnosed with early signs of AMD today are routinely prescribed a pill that combines these nutrients. You may or may not benefit from depending on your overall health and eye condition.
Lutein and Zeaxanthin

Two other nutrients-lutein and zeaxanthin-are also linked to lower risk of macular degeneration and cataracts. A 2008 Tufts University study of 1,802 women 50 to 79 years old found that those who consumed the most lutein and zeaxanthin in their diets were 23% less likely to develop cataracts than those who consumed the least. Rich sources of these two compounds include kale, spinach, turnip greens, romaine lettuce, broccoli, and Brussels sprouts. 

Omega-3 Fatty Acid

The newest nutrient linked to better vision with age is Omega-3 fatty acid, which is found predominantly in fish oil. In a study of 2,520 people, researchers at Johns Hopkins University reported in 2010 that people who consumed fish high in Omega-3s fatty acids often were significantly less likely to have advanced age-related macular degeneration. Omega-3s may also protect against cataracts, according to 2010 findings by researchers at the Clinical University of Navarra in Spain. Researchers don’t understand exactly why omega-3s may protect against eye diseases. One guess is that these healthy oils may reduce inflammation and thereby protect against cell damage. 

Pills vs. Food

Although antioxidant supplements are routinely prescribed to people with early signs of macular degeneration, there’s little agreement on whether supplements will help otherwise healthy people preserve their vision. Most of the evidence to date is very mixed. In one recent study, for example, a multivitamin seemed to protect against some forms of cataracts but actually raise the risk of other forms. 

PATIENTS SHOULD NOT BEGIN TAKING SUPPLEMENTS WITHOUT FIRST DISCUSSING IT WITH THEIR EYE DOCTOR AND INTERNIST OR FAMILY PHYSICIAN. 

Eating a healthy diet with healthy food choices is a good plan to help you maintain your eye health and vision as you age. For certain, eating more vegetables-including cabbage, broccoli, pepper, corn, or spinach-improved the condition of the retina in people with age-related macular degeneration. 

If you or someone you know has questions about eating, diet, food and how it affects eye health and vision please feel free to schedule an appointment for an eye exam by calling Seeta Eye Centers at 845-454-1025, visiting Seeta Eye Centers or facebook.com/seetaeyecenters 

Seeta Eye Centers is conveniently located for patients from Westchester County, Rockland County and throughout the Hudson Valley, Dutchess County and Orange County including Poughkeepsie, Fishkill, Middletown, Kingston, New Paltz, Newburgh, Beacon, Bedford, Catskill, Cornwall, Eastchester, Ellenville, Florida, Goshen, Harriman, Harrison, Highland, Highland Falls, Kerhonkson, Mahopac, Monroe, Montgomery, Mount Kisco, New Rochelle, New City, Scarsdale, Saugerties, Spring Valley, Tarrytown, West Point, White Plains, Woodstock, Yorktown Heights and Yonkers, NY.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Lens Implant & Bladeless Cataract Surgery Education

NY Cataract Surgeon Satish Modi, M.D. of Seeta Eye Centers in Poughkeepsie, New York continues to share experiences about Bladeless Laser Cataract Surgery and advanced Presbyopia Correcting Multifocal Lens Implants with ophthalmologists and eye surgeons. “Performing bladeless laser cataract surgery-especially with the presbyopia correcting multifocal lens implants we have today-is really an important eye surgery experience that I want to share with other surgeons. Thus I am pleased to have the opportunity to share my experiences with the LenSx® femtosecond laser for cataract surgery as well as my many years of experience with the presbyopia correcting multifocal lens implants with eye specialists in Roslyn, NY and West Orange, NJ recently. I am looking forward to my upcoming educational program for the cataract specialists in Manchester NH as well,” said Dr. Modi 

If you or someone you know is bothered by the symptoms of Cataracts or has questions about a Cataract, Bladeless Laser Cataract Surgery or Lens Implants please feel free to schedule an appointment for a Cataract and Lens Implant consultation including Bladeless Laser Cataract Surgery by calling Seeta Eye Centers at 845-454-1025, visiting Seeta Eye Centers or facebook.com/seetaeyecenters

Seeta Eye Centers is conveniently located for patients from Westchester County, Rockland County and throughout the Hudson Valley, Dutchess County and Orange County including Poughkeepsie, Fishkill, Middletown, Kingston, New Paltz, Newburgh, Beacon, Bedford, Catskill, Cornwall, Eastchester, Ellenville, Florida, Goshen, Harriman, Harrison, Highland, Highland Falls, Kerhonkson, Mahopac, Monroe, Montgomery, Mount Kisco, New Rochelle, New City, Scarsdale, Saugerties, Spring Valley, Tarrytown, West Point, White Plains, Woodstock, Yorktown Heights and Yonkers, NY.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

NY Cataract & Eye Health Awareness

NY Cataract Surgeons Satish Modi, M.D. and Andreas Wolter, M.D. of Seeta Eye Centers in Poughkeepsie, New York stressed the importance of being aware of the potential for eye health problems-such as cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration and presbyopia-as the “baby boomer” population ages. “As more and more Americans enter their senior years, the need to preserve eye health and vision becomes more critical in order to maintain an active lifestyle,’ commented Andreas Wolter, M.D. “The prevalence of cataracts in particular is really noteworthy. People today simply do not want to be restricted by the vision limitations imposed by cataracts-nor should they have to,” remarked Dr. Modi. “Today advanced cataract surgery and lens implants offer patients the promise of clear vision and an active lifestyle. With the availability of bladeless laser cataract surgery along with lens implants that can correct astigmatism and near vision presbyopia problems after cataract surgery we have a lot to offer our patients,” he further noted. “The integration of the bladeless cataract surgery and advanced technology lens implants has give patients the opportunity to manage cataract vision problems with greater comfort and confidence,” further explained Dr. Wolter. 

Cataracts are the leading cause of blindness worldwide. About 20.5 million Americans age 40 and older have cataracts and more than half of all Americans develop cataracts by age 80. Many patients do not actually know that a cataract is a clouding of the crystalline lens of the eye preventing light rays from passing through it easily. This results in a clouding and blurring of vision. Patients should understand that cataracts are not a growth or a film over the eye. For many patients cataracts start out slowly and have little effect on vision at first. But, as the cataract becomes denser, so does the impact on vision. The most common symptoms that bother patients with cataracts include blurring of vision, sensitivity to light and glare, double vision in one eye, poor night vision, fading or yellowing of colors and the need for frequent changes in glasses or contact lens prescriptions. 

If you or someone you know is bothered by the symptoms of Cataracts or has questions or concerns about having a Cataract or Cataract Surgery please feel free to schedule an appointment for a Cataract and Lens Implant consultation including Bladeless Laser Cataract Surgery by calling Seeta Eye Centers at 845-454-1025, visiting Seeta Eye Centers or facebook.com/seetaeyecenters.  

Seeta Eye Centers is conveniently located for patients from Westchester County, Rockland County and throughout the Hudson Valley, Dutchess County and Orange County including Poughkeepsie, Fishkill, Middletown, Kingston, New Paltz, Newburgh, Beacon, Bedford, Catskill, Cornwall, Eastchester, Ellenville, Florida, Goshen, Harriman, Harrison, Highland, Highland Falls, Kerhonkson, Mahopac, Monroe, Montgomery, Mount Kisco, New Rochelle, New City, Scarsdale, Saugerties, Spring Valley, Tarrytown, West Point, White Plains, Woodstock, Yorktown Heights and Yonkers, NY.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

NY LASIK Surgeon on Astigmatism

NY LASIK Surgeon Satish Modi, M.D., F.R.C.S. (C) clarified some facts about having LASIK, correcting astigmatism and vision correction “LASIK for astigmatism is not only possible-but we use it all the time as an excellent way to correct vision,” said Satish Modi, M.D., F.R.C.S. (C) of Seeta Eye Centers in Poughkeepsie, New York. “Astigmatism is something that is often confusing to patients. Also, in addition to being confused by what astigmatism is, a lot of people are under the incorrect impression that having astigmatism means you can’t have Laser Eye Surgery such as LASIK to correct your vision-this is just not the case”, commented Dr. Modi. 

Here is what you need to know about LASIK and astigmatism. First, astigmatism is one of the common types of refractive problems that cause blurry vision. Common refractive-or eye focus problems-include nearsightedness or myopia, farsightedness or hyperopia, astigmatism and presbyopia. 

Astigmatism usually results from an unequal curvature of the cornea-the outermost clear dome in the front of the eye-that causes the eye to have two different curvatures and thus two different focal points. This can make images look more blurry at a specific orientation so that things horizontally are blurred or things vertically are blurred, depending on the direction of the astigmatism. Astigmatism can be very annoying visually and can even cause headaches and many visual symptoms apart from the blurriness itself. The visual distortions caused by astigmatism in healthy eyes are correctable with eyeglasses, contact lenses and Laser Vision Correction such as LASIK. 

“Today, as LASIK surgeons, we are able to accurately measure and treat all types of astigmatism. At Seeta Eye Centers I use two lasers for LASIK-the femtosecond laser and the excimer laser-to provide my patients with a custom wavefront optimized bladeless LASIK treatment that provides high degrees of safety, precision and predictability.”, said Dr. Modi. 

If you or someone you know has astigmatism and would like to be less dependent or possibly even free from the hassle of glasses and contact lenses for seeing at distance, schedule an appointment for a free Bladeless LASIK consultation by calling Seeta Eye Centers at 845-454-1025, visiting Seeta Eye Centers or facebook.com/seetaeyecenters.  

Seeta Eye Centers is conveniently located for patients from Westchester County, Rockland County and throughout the Hudson Valley, Dutchess County and Orange County including Poughkeepsie, Fishkill, Middletown, Kingston, New Paltz, Newburgh, Beacon, Bedford, Catskill, Cornwall, Eastchester, Ellenville, Florida, Goshen, Harriman, Harrison, Highland, Highland Falls, Kerhonkson, Mahopac, Monroe, Montgomery, Mount Kisco, New Rochelle, New City, Scarsdale, Saugerties, Spring Valley, Tarrytown, West Point, White Plains, Woodstock, Yorktown Heights and Yonkers, NY.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

NY All Laser Cataract Surgery Impressions

Seeta Eye Centers shares the video of patient impressions after having all laser cataract surgery and lens implants with NY Cataract Surgeon Satish Modi, M.D. in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Vision after Cataract Surgery in NY

Seeta Eye Centers video shares patient review of the change in vision after cataract surgery and lens implants with NY Cataract Surgeon Satish Modi, M.D. in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

NY Surgeon on Cataract & Ovarian Cancer Risk

NY Cataract Surgeon Andreas Wolter, M.D., reviewed research findings and information about cataracts and the risk of ovarian cancer. “There may be a relationship whereby women who develop cataracts are less prone to developing ovarian cancer according to researchers,” noted Dr. Wolter of Seeta Eye Centers in Poughkeepsie, New York. He further explained, “It is widely recognized that the major health benefit of exposure to Ultraviolet (UV) light from the sun is the production of Vitamin D, which is helpful in protection against several human cancers, including ovarian carcinoma. On the other hand, Ultraviolet (UV) light from the sun is a recognized risk factor for cataract development.”

Researchers reporting in the November 2011 publication Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention studied 709 women with primary invasive ovarian carcinoma and 1101 controls to examine the association of Ovarian Carcinoma risk with a history of Cataract. Some interesting findings were that older age, a history of Type 2 Diabetes and skin cancer were significant risk factors for developing a Cataract. Further, a history of Cataract was reported by 14% of cases and 17% of controls and was significantly associated with a reduced Ovarian Carcinoma risk. These findings add indirect evidence to the hypothesis that lifetime Vitamin D exposure may be inversely associated with risk of Ovarian Carcinoma. Additional studies are needed to further investigate the potential behavioral and biological factors that might influence association of cataract with ovarian cancer. 

To learn more about cataracts and ovarian cancer risk or to schedule an appointment for a Cataract and Lens Implant consultation including Bladeless Laser Cataract Surgery, or a Bladeless LASIK consultation call Seeta Eye Centers at 845-454-1025, visit Seeta Eye Centers or facebook.com/seetaeyecenters 

Seeta Eye Centers is conveniently located for patients from Westchester County, Rockland County and throughout the Hudson Valley, Dutchess County and Orange County including Poughkeepsie, Fishkill, Middletown, Kingston, New Paltz, Newburgh, Beacon, Bedford, Catskill, Cornwall, Eastchester, Ellenville, Florida, Goshen, Harriman, Harrison, Highland, Highland Falls, Kerhonkson, Mahopac, Monroe, Montgomery, Mount Kisco, New Rochelle, New City, Scarsdale, Saugerties, Spring Valley, Tarrytown, West Point, White Plains, Woodstock, Yorktown Heights and Yonkers, NY.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Cataract Symptoms, Surgery & Lens Implants in NY

Seeta Eye Centers shares patient video discussing the experience of developing cataracts, cataract symptoms, understanding the need for cataract surgery and lens implants with NY Cataract Surgeon Satish Modi, M.D. in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

NY Laser Cataract Surgery Experience

Seeta Eye Centers shares a video with patient comments and experience after having Laser Cataract Surgery with NY Cataract Surgeon Satish Modi, M.D. in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Lasers for Cataract Surgery & Vision Correction

New York Eye Surgeon Satish Modi, M.D., F.R.C.S. (C) shared some thoughts about lasers for cataract surgery and vision correction. “In our practice, the use of lasers for eye surgery has, and will continue to be of great value for many patients-especially those with cataracts or the need for vision correction procedures such as LASIK,” commented Dr. Modi of Seeta Eye Centers in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. “For quite some time we have had both the excimer laser as well as the femtosecond laser to help us perform LASIK surgery for our patients who wanted eliminate or reduce their need for glasses or contact lenses. Now, we are using the Alcon® LenSx® Femtosecond Laser to refine cataract removal and lens implants,” further explained Dr. Modi.

Bladeless eye surgery, such as Bladeless LASIK, has given patients an even greater sense of comfort resulting from the enhanced safety, efficacy and predictability of the surgery procedure. Using the femtosecond laser for cataract surgery to offer a Bladeless Cataract Surgery procedure is adding that extra level of comfort for those with cataracts and in need of lens implants.

To learn more or to schedule an appointment for a Cataract and Lens Implant consultation including Bladeless Laser Cataract Surgery, or a Bladeless LASIK consultation call Seeta Eye Centers at 845-454-1025, visit Seeta Eye Centers or facebook.com/seetaeyecenters.

Seeta Eye Centers is conveniently located for patients from Westchester County, Rockland County and throughout the Hudson Valley, Dutchess County and Orange County including Poughkeepsie, Fishkill, Middletown, Kingston, New Paltz, Newburgh, Beacon, Bedford, Catskill, Cornwall, Eastchester, Ellenville, Florida, Goshen, Harriman, Harrison, Highland, Highland Falls, Kerhonkson, Mahopac, Monroe, Montgomery, Mount Kisco, New Rochelle, New City, Scarsdale, Saugerties, Spring Valley, Tarrytown, West Point, White Plains, Woodstock, Yorktown Heights and Yonkers, NY.