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January 11, 2016

These New Year's Resolutions for your eyes from Binghamton eye doctor and LASIK/cataract surgeon Dr. Sambursky can help safeguard your sight.As you tweak your health and wellness routine to promote better living in the New Year, remember there are proactive steps you can take to help safeguard your sight.

Here are three things you can do in the New Year to promote stronger eyes and better vision:

  • Step One: Eat Your Greens. Nutritious foods aren’t just great for your figure. A healthy, balanced diet also helps fight cataracts and macular degeneration. So eye doctors encourage patients to eat foods that are high in omega-3 fatty acids, zinc, and vitamins C, D and E. Leafy greens, fish, and non-meat proteins such as nuts, eggs and legumes are all smart choices when it comes to your eye health.
  • Step Two: Quit cigarettes. Smoking ups the likelihood that you’ll develop cataracts and other common vision problems, in addition to putting you at risk of myriad other medical problems.
  • Step Three: Invest in better sunglasses. When you’re in the sun, make sure you’re wearing sunglasses that protect your eyes from damaging ultraviolet (UV) rays.

Any time you have questions or concerns about your eye health or changes in your vision, Binghmatom, New York LASIK and cataract surgeon Dr. Daniel Sambursky is ready to answer them. To schedule an appointment, please contact Dr. Sambursky’s office online or by calling (607) 821-4455.

January 02, 2016

As we age, people living in the Binghamton and worldwide must contend with the increased risk of cataracts that may only be correctible by surgery.As we age, people living in the Binghamton area and worldwide must contend with the increased risk of developing cataracts that can only be corrected with surgery.

A cataract is the clouding of the eye’s lens that causes diminished vision and even blindness. Cataracts can affect one or both eyes, and are present in roughly 90 percent of all people age 65 and up, according to the Kellogg Eye Center at the University of Michigan.

By age 85, the vast majority of those people have lost some degree of their ability to see because of cataracts.

Unfortunately, there are no scientifically-proven methods of preventing cataracts. But eye doctors and surgeons cannot ignore the correlation between the development of cataracts and the following health, lifestyle and environmental factors:

  • Cigarette smoking
  • Secondhand smoke
  • UVB exposure
  • Air pollution
  • Heavy alcohol consumption
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Poor eating habits

We know that these factors contribute to the negative free radicals in our bodies that spur the development of illness and disease. For that reason, boosting your antioxidant intake along with taking vitamins A, C, and E may improve your overall health and wellness in addition to naturally fighting cataracts.

When you have questions about cataract treatment or any other procedure that addresses common vision problems, please contact the Binghamton or New York City offices of cataract surgeon Dr. Daniel Sambursky: (607) 821-4455.

November 30, 2015

Without cataract surgery with Dr. Sambursky in Binghamton, the dominant way that New York patients manage cataracts is with glasses and eye protection...Once you've begun to develop a cataract in one or both eyes, Binghamton eye surgeon Dr. Daniel Sambursky can talk with you about early preventative measures you can take to try and deter the growth of the cataract as well as when the time might be right to consider cataract surgery.

A cataract consultation with Dr. Sambursky also is a chance to make sure your cataracts aren't related to another eye condition such as glaucoma.

If you're uncertain about whether or not you might have a cataract, which is a clouding of the eye's lens that impacts your ability to see, here are the five most common symptoms of the condition:

  • Visual clouding of the eye
  • Blurred sight
  • Glare from both natural and artificial light
  • Diminished night vision
  • Double vision

The majority of older adults have cataracts or have already opted to have them corrected with surgery. People who smoke or suffer from diabetes or alcoholism have an even higher than normal incidence of cataracts.

Without cataract surgery, the dominant way that patients can manage their cataracts is with a fresh pair of eyeglasses, superior sun protection for their eyes, enacting an antioxidant-rich diet, and in some cases, using a magnifying glass.

But when these measures are either ineffective or inconvenient, the next step is to talk with Dr. Sambursky about your cataract surgery options.

To schedule a consultation with Binghamton cataract surgeon Dr. Sambursky, who also treats patients from  Ithaca, Elmira, Corning, Courtland and Oneonta, please contact our practice online or call (607) 821-4455.

November 20, 2015

Many of Dr. Sambursky's New York patients in Ithaca, Binghamton, Elmira, Corning, Courtland and Oneonta are excellent candidates for LenSx® cataract surgery.With roughly half of Americans over age 65 suffering from cataracts, or the clouding of the eye's natural lens and the leading cause of blindness among mature adults, many of our New York patients in Ithaca, Binghamton, Elmira, Corning, Courtland and Oneonta are excellent candidates for LenSx® cataract surgery.

This state-of-the-art, digital, bladeless, vision correction technology relies on a femtosecond laser with the power of making precise, effective incisions. The procedure provides the benefit of a non-invasive, individualized approach to your cataract surgery.

Most people who visit Dr. Daniel Sambursky are great candidates for LenSx® surgery.

Those patients for whom Dr. Sambursky might suggest an alternate approach to vision correction might be:

  • Minors: LenSx® is not approved for pediatric surgery.
  • Unable to lie flat and motionless during the procedure.
  • Unable to provide consent for the surgery.
  • Unable to tolerate local or topical anesthesia.
  • Suffer from particular varieties of corneal disease.

The best way to determine whether LenSx® is the right procedure to remove your cataracts is to schedule a consultation with Binghamton cataract surgeon Dr. Sambursky, who also treats patients from  Ithaca, Elmira, Corning, Courtland and Oneonta: (607) 821-4455.

October 29, 2015

Dr. Daniel Sambursky, who provides LASIK surgery to patients in Binghamton, Corning and Ithaca, realizes that parents this weekend are gearing up to help their little witches, princesses and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles haul away as much Halloween candy as they can carry.Dr. Daniel Sambursky, who provides LASIK surgery to patients in Binghamton, Corning and Ithaca, realizes that parents this weekend are gearing up to help their little witches, princesses and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles haul away as much Halloween candy as they can carry.

But people who have undergone LASIK vision correction have some special considerations when it comes to night vision.

Although LASIK enjoys an incredibly high success rate, with the vast majority of patients achieving 20/20 uncorrected vision after the procedure, one possible complication experienced by as many as a third of LASIK patients is that they see halos at night or may be slower to focus.

Here are three things you can do to be extra safe when driving after dark on Halloween or any other night.

LASIK Night Driving Tip No. 1: Take your time. Drivers already struggle with extra shadows and blind spots at night. If you've had LASIK, consider driving at a speed after dark that allows for plenty of defensive response time.

LASIK Night Driving Tip No. 2: Hydrate your eyes often. Since dry eyes can be a common side effect after LASIK, and also can impact the strength of your night vision, remember to keep eye drops handy.

LASIK Night Driving Tip No. 3: Take breaks. Making frequent pit stops will allow your eyes to rest and undercut the impact of fatigue on your vision.

When you have questions about LASIK surgery and its side effects, Dr. Sambursky can help. Contact his Binghamton office today to schedule your LASIK consultation at (607) 821-4455. Our Binghamton LASIK surgeon also serves patients from Ithaca and Corning.

October 23, 2015

Binghamton cataract surgeon Dr. Daniel Sambursky wants to commend the members of his profession who recently commemorated October as Eye Care Awareness Month by providing cataract surgery free-of-charge to a dozen elderly and underserved patients in South Africa's KwaZulu-Natal region — including 102-year Nomanhlanhla Hadebe.

“My grandmother has said repeatedly over the past few years that she wants to be able to see her grandchildren and the world around her once more," the woman's granddaughter, Busisiwe Mabaso, told health24.com. "Now her dream has come true and she is overjoyed to be seeing again."Many rural people such as those who live in the KwaZulu area of South Africa, seen here, do not realize that a cataract surgeon like Dr. Sambursky in Binghamton can cure their blindness.

Mrs. Hadebe's cataract surgery was performed by Dr. Malcolm Carey at Netcare Alberlito Hospital in Ballito, South Africa. This ophthalmologist reports that cataract blindness is nearing troubling proportions there because wait-lists for cataract surgery tend to be long, and many rural people may not know that their blindness is curable.

"A  person’s sight can be restored along with their ability to engage in simple pleasures such as reading, writing, making coffee and cooking food," Dr. Carey says. "More than this, the patient’s independence is given back to them, which is extraordinarily powerful.”

Like Dr. Sambursky, this international doctor also takes great pleasure from performing cataract surgeries because the procedure goes a long way toward improving a patient's quality of life.

If you live in or near Binghamton, New York and suffer from diminished vision due to cataracts, please contact Dr. Sambursky's office today online or by telephone to schedule your consultation with our cataract surgeon: (607) 821-4455.

October 02, 2015

Regardless of your unique vision challenges, Dr. Sambursky is a Binghamton-area LASIK eye doctor with the tools, training and experience to recommend the best vision treatment for you. Binghamton-area LASIK eye doctor Daniel Sambursky, M.D., wants to applaud the lengths to which one newswoman went recently to illustrate the benefits of this procedure to her television-viewing audience.

Angela Marshall, an on-air reporter with ABC Fox Montana, told viewers that the forthcoming 20th anniversary of the LASIK procedure compelled her to seek out a nearby doctor and find out whether or not she was well-suited to the procedure.

"After years of replacing ripped contacts or fumbling for glasses, I made the decision to undergo surgery to correct my nearsightedness," said Marshall, who had been wearing glasses since the fourth grade and then proceeded to soft contact lenses in high school.

The LASIK procedure, she said, has "since changed my life."

The eye doctor whom Marshall visited outlined the various approaches to laser vision correction now available to patients nationwide, as well as how he was able to create a unique treatment to address Marshall's eyes and vision issues. Her treatment was a type of custom LASIK that addressed her astigmatism.

Ultimately, Marshall's procedure was completed in under 20 minutes.

Regardless of your unique vision challenges, Dr. Sambursky is a Binghamton-area LASIK eye doctor with the tools, training and experience to recommend the best vision treatment for you. To find out more, please call our eye doctor's Binghamton LASIK office at (607) 821-4455 to schedule your consultation. Dr. Sambursky also serves Elmira, Corning and Ithaca, New York.

September 24, 2015

One of the most serious of complications following LASIK  at our Binghamton practice or anywhere, is the risk of infection.Please contact Dr. Daniel Sambursky today to find out if LASIK is right for you. Call our Binghamton LASIK offices at (607) 821-4455 to schedule your consultation.

While rare, infections can happen after LASIK or PRK surgery, and may lead to serious conditions if left untreated.

Binghamton LASIK doctor, Daniel Sambursky, M.D., specializes in cataract surgery, including LASIK. With over 21,000 LASIK procedures performed, he has the experience to identify and treat infections as soon as they occur.

Incidence of Infection After LASIK

A study published in the Archives of Ophthalmology focused on the risk of vision loss from infection. It showed that the rates of infection leading to vision loss were substantially lower following LASIK than resulting from routine contact lens use. While contact lens wearers have a 1 in 2000 risk of significant vision loss from infection, for LASIK patients, the risk is about 1 in 10,000.

One reason for this may be excellent post-operative care. Stay aware of any signs of infection and see your doctor immediately if you notice any of the following:

  • Redness
  • Pain or tenderness in the eyes
  • Irritation
  • Watery eyes
  • Haze
  • Reduced best-corrected vision
  • Increased sensitivity to glare

Please contact Dr. Daniel Sambursky today to find out if LASIK is right for you. Call our Binghamton LASIK offices at (607) 821-4455 to schedule your consultation. We also serve Elmira, Corning and Ithaca, New York.

August 31, 2015

Please contact Dr. Daniel Sambursky today at (607) 821-4455 to schedule your appointment with our Binghamton LASIK doctor.Millions of Americans and patients just like you who have visited our Binghamton eye doctor have discovered freedom from glasses and contact lenses thanks to LASIK.

But did you know that another procedure offers similar results, even for patients who may not be good LASIK candidates?

PRK may be less famous and less commonly advertised, but it is no less effective.

 

LASIK and PRK both aim to give you 20/20 vision without the need for corrective lenses. Both procedures address low-order refractive errors like

In both procedures, vision correction is achieved by reshaping the cornea of the eye with an excimer laser. The two differ mainly in how your eye surgeon accesses the cornea for reshaping.

In LASIK (laser assisted in situ keratomileusis), the doctor creates a small flap in the tissue on the very outer layer of the cornea, called the corneal epithelium. After he reshapes the inner cornea using the laser, the flap is closed in place, creating a kind of natural bandage for the eye.

In PRK (photorefractive keratectomy), which was actually developed before LASIK, the surgeon removes much of the epithelium using an ablative technique. This exposes more of the cornea and requires a little longer recovery, but the final results are similar.

Patients often prefer LASIK for its speed, convenience, and faster recovery time, but PRK remains an excellent option, especially for patients with unusually thin corneas that can’t accommodate the corneal flap required for the LASIK procedure. Even if you’ve been told you can’t receive LASIK, you may well be able to receive PRK.

If you’re ready to discover the exciting benefits that LASIK and PRK can offer, it’s time to schedule an evaluation and find out whether you’re a good candidate. Please contact Dr. Daniel Sambursky today at (607) 821-4455 to schedule your appointment with our Binghamton LASIK doctor.

August 21, 2015

After years of performing LASIK, Binghamton eye surgeon, Dr. Daniel Sambursky, can anticipate many of the questions posed to him by prospective patients.After years of performing LASIK Vision Correction surgery, Binghamton eye surgeon, Dr. Daniel Sambursky, can anticipate many of the questions posed to him by prospective patients.

One of the most common questions patients have before undergoing any medical procedure — even one as routine as LASIK — is whether or not they can anticipate any pain or discomfort.

The simple answer is: Not much.

During your LASIK procedure, you'll be most aware of the sounds and smell around you. You are unlikely to experience any other visceral sensations during your laser surgery.

The most common post-operative symptoms immediately following LASIK are:

  • Blurred vision (that clears up in about a day
  • Watery eyes
  • Itchy eyes
  • Bloodshot eyes
  • Seeing starbursts or light halos

After LASIK, most patients report minimal post-operative pain and discomfort. Resting your eyes is the best thing you can do to alleviate this sensation. Dr. Sambursky may also recommend a mild pain medication.

Within a day or two, your vision will begin to normalize and any significant discomfort should dissipate.

If you do experience more severe symptoms, that's a sign that you need to contact Dr. Sambursky immediately.

When you have questions about LASIK, please call the Binghamton, New York offices of Dr. Daniel Sambursky to schedule a consultation: (607) 821-4455.

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