Testimonials - Cataract Surgery
Narendra Mehta has benefited dramatically from the teamwork of two CEI physicians. A diabetic, he began dealing with serious eye complications from the disease in 2004, when the retina in his right eye hemorrhaged. Christopher D. Riemann, M.D., a vitreoretinal specialist, repaired the damage.
Just a few months later, the retina in Narendra's left eye hemorrhaged; when he came to CEI for help, doctors also saw that a cataract was developing in his right eye. Dr. Riemann repaired the hemorrhage, and Anup K. Khatana, M.D., a glaucoma and cataract surgery specialist, performed cataract surgery - all on the same day.
In 2006, Narendra experienced another hemorrhage in the right eye and now a cataract in the left. "Once again, Drs. Riemann and Khatana did both surgeries on the same day," Narendra remembers. "They have treated me as though I was a family member. My experience at CEI has been outstanding."
At 93, Rose Mary Vollman could be forgiven for not wanting to risk cataract surgery, even though her loss of vision was more than she could ignore. "I couldn't read the newspaper," Rose Mary says. "I couldn't read the print." The encouragement of a family member helped Rose Mary make the decision. "He recommended I see Dr. Robert J. Cionni."
"I found the whole experience very pleasant," Rose Mary remembers. "Everyone was so nice and considerate. I had confidence in them. I felt no pain during the surgery, and it was over before I knew it."
Even at 75, Anne Schuchart has no plans to slow down. Still working full time, and with two great-great grandchildren living nearby, she was used to being on the go. So when her eyesight began to deteriorate, making night-time vision particularly difficult, she came to CEI for help.
Anne saw Robert J. Cionni, M.D., a cataract specialist at CEI, who recommended cataract surgery on both of her eyes with multifocal implants. She underwent the procedure and experienced a dramatic improvement. "Now younger people at work ask me to read fine print for them," Anne says. "Some coworkers send people over to me to ask about the surgery. After we talk, they often have the surgery themselves."
Anne has been back to her fast-paced life for five years now. "I just can't give Dr. Cionni enough credit for how he helped me," she says.
After experiencing two strokes in 2006, Nancy Sellars was learning to cope with many changes. But losing her vision was one of the most difficult. "My vision was fuzzy, and I didn't know how much it had been affected by the stroke," Nancy says. "I talked to my eye doctor about it, and he recommended I see Dr. Petersen."
Michael R. Petersen, M.D., PhD, a vitreoretinal disease specialist at CEI, diagnosed cataracts in both of Nancy's eyes. "Dr. Petersen helped me be relaxed and understand the surgery he was going to do," Nancy says. "His staff is very competent and organized. I think that lets Dr. Petersen do more for people. Right now I can read with both eyes. It's just amazing to me!"
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