Dr. Michael Su
“Good cataract surgery, good results and good vision”
Dr. Michael Su is a board-certified ophthalmologist specializing in cataract surgery, refractive surgery, corneal disease, and comprehensive eye care in Bergen County.
He has performed thousands of eye procedures, focusing on up-to-date optical technology to provide patients with the best possible results for their vision needs. While he knows the worth of new technologies, Dr. Su also recognizes that not every patient is comfortable with or prepared for these. He knows the importance of listening to patients and providing them with a safe and comfortable experience.
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Dr. Su, could you say a few words about the procedures you do?
Our clinic is a refractive practice. We have laser surgery upstairs. Our refractive surgery is aimed at eliminating refractive error and the need to wear glasses. With our new lens-implant technology we can go a long way to do that now. We can even help older people with cataracts to do this too. It’s not just for young kids who don’t want to wear glasses. We have options for the elderly with cataracts.
We pride ourselves on doing efficient, state-of-the-art, patient-centered, cost-effective cataract surgery. For me it is a balancing act between those clients who wish to stop wearing glasses and cataract patients. The latter need cost-effective, efficient visual rehabilitation. Our approach to cataract surgery is just to do what the patient wants. There is no hard seIl or excessive charges.
If clients just want regular cataract surgery, that’s fine. Although we are a refractive practice, we are happy to do what the client asks. We have a lot of high-end, premium technology that can achieve this.
This is what makes us different from other eye centers. We do exactly what the client needs, using high-end technology. The other thing that sets us apart is that we’ve got great bedside and clinical acumen. I treat every patient like my mother and father.
I’m not overly aggressive, but I certainly don’t like to let cataracts wait. I am inclined to do the cataracts as soon as they cause visual problems. In some more conservative practices, they let the patient’s cataracts linger and ripen for a long time. This makes cataracts more difficult to deal with. We are more pro-active about getting cataracts done.
We take cataracts very seriously. So, we try to be efficient and expeditious in doing cataract surgery.
How cost-effective are they?
Many clients are on Medicare, on a fixed income. They cannot afford to get the new technology implants or the latest refractive cataract procedures. They often come to us from other practices. They have been subjected to hard-sell tactics. They feel bad that they cannot afford more expensive refractive-type cataract surgery. Here, we don’t push. If all they want is bread-and-butter cataract surgery, that’s what they get. We do a good job here.
We want our patients to get good surgery, good results and good vision.
We use regular tried-and-true standard, yet state-of-the-art, techniques. But, if they want the newer technologies providing more versatility and flexibility to their vision, we can do that too. Although this is mainly a refractive practice, we treat cataract patients in a little a bit more of an egalitarian manner. I think that’s what sets me apart. I pride myself on that.
How long does the client need to wait?
I have patients coming to me that have pretty good vision. They say, “Doc, I’ve got a pretty good vision. Do you need to do the cataract?” I say, “If you’re comfortable with the vision, I can wait.” So, I can wait until I feel the cataract has reached a certain stage. We can check it every three months or every six months. We can even wait a year if I really don’t think it’s going to move and the client’s not that interested. But only six months if it’s maturing fast.
If the client does not have much of a cataract, I prefer to wait before doing surgery. If the cataract appears to be maturing rapidly, then we will push for surgery. There’s a threshold above which surgery becomes much more difficult. This can be seen from the size of the cataract.
Cataracts develop in spurts. The surgical challenge increases in parallel. So, we want to get the client here before it reaches the critical level. For me surgical efficiency means being timely. Early cataract surgery can take me 10 minutes or less. Then it heals faster. If the cataract is left for 20 years, it becomes hard. It takes half an hour to remove it. There’s going to be complications. It will take two weeks to heal. I don’t like being in an eye for half an hour because it damages the eye. You want to be in it just five or 10 minutes. It makes no sense to wait, if a client has a legitimate cataract which can be removed without surgical difficulty.
The client’s needs have to be balanced with our desire for surgical efficiency.