You may have cataracts. A cataract is a clouding of the lens in the eye that affects vision. Most cataracts are related to aging. Cataracts can cause blurry vision and increase the glare from lights. If a cataract makes it difficult for you to carry out your normal activities, your doctor may suggest cataract surgery to remove the lens of your eye and, in most cases, replace it with an artificial lens called an Intraocular Lens (IOL) The cataract surgery is performed by an ophthalmologist on an outpatient basis.
In modern cataract surgery, there is a choice in intraocular lens implants. The traditional or standard lens implant is generally covered by all insurance companies including Medicare patients. This implant is designed to give a patient good distance vision or near in those patients that do not have significant astigmatism.
There are several intraocular lens implants that are able to give a patient near and far corrected vision without glasses. Premium lens implants are typically not covered by insurance companies or Medicare.
When considering cataract surgery, keep these questions in mind:
- Can you see to safely do your job and to drive?
- Do you have problems reading or watching television?
- Do vision problems affect your level of independence?
- Do you have difficulty seeing faces clearly?
Complications after cataract surgery are uncommon, and most can be treated successfully.
We recommend patients to be properly screened for other eye conditions prior to scheduling cataract surgery to reduce the risk of complications. It may be beneficial to treat other eye problems before proceeding with cataract surgery. For more information and schedule a consultation visit www.90210eyes.com
Dry eye syndrome is a common cause of eye irritation, mainly affecting older people. Artificial tears, gels and soothing ointments usually ease symptoms. Dry eye syndrome or simply dry eyes occurs when there is a problem with the tear film that normally keeps the eye moist and lubricated.
Dry eye syndrome can affect anyone, but it becomes more common with increasing age. Dry eyes affect about 15 to 35 in every 100 people or possibly as many as a third of older people and women are affected much more often than men. One of the big contributing factors with the aging process is that people tend to make fewer tears, as they get older. In particular, some women notice dry eyes developing after menopause. Another cause is having a low blink rate, often combined with opening your eyes wider than normal due to spending a long time looking at a computer or watching television.
The symptoms of dry eyes include eyes feeling gritty or burning and slight blurring of vision from time to time. Also, a person may feel discomfort when looking at bright lights and if a contact lens wearer can start to find wearing them causes discomfort.
A BHIO physician can usually diagnose dry eyes from the symptoms and perform a test to confirm the diagnosis of dry eyes. The treatment for dry eyes is usually eye drops and gels. These are good at relieving the symptoms. More information is available at Beverly Hills Institute of Ophthalmology or www.90210eyes.com
Custom LASIK is a laser vision correction procedure that helps your LASIK surgeon further customizes the correction to your individual eyes. LASIK surgeons are able to focus on the quantity as well as the quality of your vision. Custom LASIK surgery, also known as wavefront LASIK or wavefront-guided LASIK, uses 3-dimensional measurements of how your eye processes images to guide the laser in re-shaping the front part of the eye or cornea. With custom LASIK, your eye’s ability to focus light rays is measured, and a 3-D map used in wavefront technology is created that determines irregularities in the way your eye processes images. Information contained in the map guides the laser in customizing the treatment to reshape your eye’s corneal surface so that these irregularities can be corrected. The process for determining a custom LASIK treatment begins with an eye examination and the use of a wavefront device to transmit a safe ray of light into your eye. The light is then reflected back off the retina, out through the pupils and into the device, where the reflected wave of light is received and arranged into a unique pattern that captures your aberrations. All of these visual irregularities are then displayed as a 3-D map, referred to as a wavefront map. This information is then electronically transferred to the laser in wavefront-guided systems, and computer-matched to the eye’s position, enabling the surgeon to customize the LASIK procedure laser treatment to your unique visual requirements. Standard prescriptions for glasses, contacts or traditional LASIK procedures can correct ordinary vision defects such as myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism. But other irregularities associated with the eye’s optical system could not be addressed until the advent of wavefront and related technology used in custom LASIK. For information and an appointment contact Beverly Hills Institute of Ophthalmology at www.90210eyes.com