Dr. Sumit Gupta on The Daily Two discussing cataracts and cataract surgery options

CEENTA ophthalmologist Sumit Gupta, MD, appeared on WSOC's The Daily Two on February 19th, 2024 to discuss cataracts and cataract surgery options. Learn more about this condition and schedule your consultation with Dr. Gupta at our University office today through our online scheduling platform or through your myCEENTAchart account.

Transcript of the Interview

Laura Palka: The Daily Two is brought to you by Charlotte Eye Ear Nose & Throat Associates. Welcome to The Daily Two, I'm Laura Palka. We are on location today at CEENTA's SouthPark offices talking about cataracts. Joining me is surgeon Sumit Gupta. Thank you for being here. Explain to our viewers what cataracts are.

Dr. Sumit Gupta: Absolutely, it's a very common eye problem. Early on, we have a nice clear lens so think of a camera. When you have a clear lens you get clear pictures. Unfortunately with cataracts, as the lens gets more cloudy the vision gets more cloudy so that's where the vision problems start arising.

Laura: And what are some signs that maybe we have cataracts?

Dr. Gupta: Early on, it might just be mild blurred vision, and glasses can usually help. But with time, as the cloudiness worsens, night vision gets affected so it's harder to see with glare and halos, trouble seeing road signs, and lane markings. Trouble with watching TV and seeing your phone, and even hobbies can be more difficult like photography or golf.

Laura: So it really can interfere with your daily activities. Tell us tell us how to treat cataracts.

Dr. Gupta: Yeah, if glasses aren't helping enough, then we start thinking about surgery. It's - most people get surgery in their 60s and 70s. It's a ten-minute procedure, very safe and effective, comfortable with anesthesia. Outpatient, so you go home the same day. It's microsurgery, we remove the cloudy lens, put a new clear lens in, and most people are seeing better within a few days. More modern technique can involve laser assisted options as well as multifocal lenses. And that can customize the vision even further, giving you a broad range in vision.

Laura: And that means no more readers?

Dr. Gupta: Yeah, much less dependence on glasses is the goal. It's great for people who don't want to we their readers or be dependent on glasses.

Laura: Alright, Dr. Gupta, thanks so much for the information. Dr. Gupta works out of the University office, so if you would like to make an appointment with him or with any of the CEENTA physicians, you can call the number on your screen or go to CEENTA.com. For The Daily Two, I'm Laura Palka.


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