My recent and highly successful cataract surgery and IOL implants, performed by Dr. Christopher Coad of Chelsea Eye Ophthalmology and his team at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary, has resulted not only in wonderfully clear vision unlike any I've ever had, but a new, happier outlook on life.I've been highly nearsighted since birth. For a cataract patient, I'm still young, but cataracts are not unheard of with the significantly myopic. By the time of diagnosis, the cataracts were well developed, and causing major refraction errors, on top of eyes experiencing presbyopia. It was a frustrating, weary way to live. After hesitation with my initial referral, I researched online, found Dr. Coad and his team, and am deeply grateful I chose them.My right dominant eye was set for distance in August 2018, and the left eye set for intermediate vision in September, to achieve blended mini monovision, the best option available for my eyes. They are working well together, and have been clear since moments after surgery. The right eye has amazing, sharp distance focus. With the left eye, I can read books and magazines at 16 inches away, and handle some things on a computer, tablet or smartphone, and wear 1.25 OTC reading glasses for crisp and clear or close near vision. I'm considering a light prescription for times when I wish to leave eyeglasses on, such as using the PC at work.I'm seeing a newly vivid, more intricately detailed world! The change - from not being able to read the menu at a Subway shop or store aisle signs, or recognize co-workers and friends at a distance - now, I can see a NYC street sign a block away! There are beautiful architectural details in my neighborhood I take pleasure in observing, and each day brings something new. Such as going to the beach sans contacts or glasses for the first time since I was 9. Can't wait until I get to swim underwater with my eyes open - and see!One beautiful moment among many was watching Peter O'Toole in Lawrence of Arabia at United Palace Theater. Being able to take in that epic film on a big screen, the undulating desert and his always particular facial expressions, felt unlike any vision experience I'd ever had during a movie.Picking an eye surgeon is already a major decision, and finding one with a caring, committed team is also essential. You'll spend a lot of time with the staff, and I appreciated their patience and kindness in making a major change easier. In particular, Vace went well out of her way as the surgical coordinator to help me resolve personal issues in time for the first surgery, and is an ongoing friend and source of support. Hugo makes the tests fun, Jennifer juggled appointment changes for me, and the technicians and front desk staff are always welcoming, cheerful, and reassuring.During my online research, many commented on the pleasant atmosphere of Dr. Coad's office, and they are absolutely correct - polished with a bit of modern industrial feel, yet warm and nonclinical - there's much artwork on display, books, warm sconce lighting, framed accolades, and comfortable seating.Another bonus is Dr. Coad's ongoing relationship with the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary. From the admitting staff, to the technicians and nurses, to the surgery performed by Dr. Coad and his associate, Dr. Marc Sirota, and the anesthesiology staff, everyone was skillful, supportive, and professional.Dr. Coad and his team not only rescued me from poor vision, but gave me the gift of remarkable eyesight and a new way of taking in the world. I look forward to my ongoing relationship with him and Chelsea Eye Ophthalmology, and recommend Dr. Coad if you are seeking a cataract surgeon.