Cataracts is a disease of the eye that results in the clouding of the lens of the eyeball. Cataracts prevent clear images from appearing on the eye’s retina; causing mild, moderate, even severe blurred vision.
Typically an eye disorder associated with aging (over half of the people in America over age 80 have either had a cataract or cataract surgery), cataracts generally occur later in life as the lens structure within the human eye changes and gets older.
Cataract surgery is the removal of the natural lens of the eye (also called "crystalline lens") that has developed an opacification, which is referred to as a cataract. Metabolic changes of the crystalline lens fibers over the time lead to the development of the cataract and loss of transparency, causing impairment or loss of vision. During cataract surgery, a patient's cloudy natural lens is removed and replaced with a synthetic lens to restore the lens's transparency.
Following surgical removal of the natural lens, an artificial intraocular lens implant (IOL) is inserted (eye surgeons say that the lens is "implanted"). Cataract surgery is performed by one of our ophthalmologists (eye surgeons) in an ambulatory (rather than inpatient) setting, in the Surgical Center on the first floor of our building. The surgery is performed using local anesthesia (either topical, peribulbar, or retrobulbar), usually causing little or no discomfort to the patient. Well over 90% of operations are successful in restoring useful vision, with a low complication rate. Day care, high volume, minimally invasive, small incision phacoemulsification with quick post-op recovery has become the standard of care in cataract surgery all over the world.
Premium Lens Implants
The replacement lens used for traditional cataract surgery is a monofocal IOL. This restores good functional distance vision but does not correct presbyopia. Those dependent on reading glasses will still need to use reading glasses post-surgery. A premium lens implant called the ReSTOR® multifocal lens is an option for those who wish to increase their freedom from glasses. A clinical trial reported 78% of patients not needing glasses 6 months following surgery. Please contact us today to find out about both types of lens implants, their advantages/disadvantages, and any associated costs.
We will schedule you for 2 post-operative appointments. Please bring your eye drops with you as the dosing instructions will change. The first appointment is scheduled for the day after your surgery. We will remove the eye shield in the office then check your eye pressure (IOP). We will also do a basic vision test using the Snellen (E) chart. The doctor will then decide if he needs to see you before the second scheduled appointment.
The next apointment will be for a refraction to obtain a new prescription for glasses, if needed. This will be 10-14 days following surgery to allow for your eye to heal.
It is very important to follow all post-operative instructions. If you have lost your instructions or need another copy, you can print them from here. Please note, though, the instructions for eye drop usage is unique for each patient. The general guidelines for use are listed but if you have any questions please call us at (818) 365-0606.