What is a Cataract?
A cataract occurs when the lens of the eye becomes “cloudy” or opaque due to age-related changes. This cloudiness becomes more severe, and if left untreated, leads to functional blindness.
How can I prevent cataracts?
Research indicates that long-term exposure to the UV rays in sunlight contribute to cataract formation. Wearing sunglasses when you are outdoors will minimize damage from the UV rays over time.
Have you noticed any of the following changes?
Any of these symptoms may indicate that you have cataracts, but only a trained eye doctor can diagnose cataracts:
Blurry or cloudy vision
Glare and reduced vision in bright light
Halos around lights when driving at night
Double vision in one eye
Frequent eyeglass prescription changes
Poor night vision
Trouble reading, need for a brighter light
Cataract Treatment: Laser Cataract Surgery
Fortunately there is cataract removal, the most-performed surgery in the U.S. On average, 8,000 cataract surgeries are performed every day. Cataract removal is one of the safest procedures, providing many patients with better vision than they have enjoyed for many years. Typically, it is done on an outpatient basis under local or eye drop anesthesia. In the hands of an experienced surgeon, the process should take about 15 minutes to complete. Vision improvement often is evident immediately after surgery is completed, and many patients are able to see clearly the day after the procedure.
Options after Cataract Removal: Lens Implants
When the cataract is removed, your natural lens is removed as well. At this time, the surgeon will implant an Intraocular Lens or IOL to replace the lens. Before surgery, the surgeon will help you decide which type of IOL is best for you.
Multifocal/Accommodating IOLs are a premium form of correction; they take advantage of new technology to correct the full range of vision, from up close to far away. Patients who choose multifocal IOLs report greater satisfaction, as a high percentage of them do not need to use glasses any more. Learn More about the type of multifocal IOLs we perform at Beverly Hills Institute of Ophthalmology.
Toric IOL for Astigmatism
Toric IOLs for Astigmatism are a premium form of correction; they take advantage of new technology to provide crystal clear vision for those diagnosed with astigmatism. Patients who choose Toric IOLs report greater satisfaction, as a high percentage of them do not need to use glasses any more.
Monofocal IOLs are a traditional form of correction; they will allow you to see clearly up close or at a distance, but not both. These are covered by most insurance plans, but they may not be the best choice. Patients who choose monofocal IOLs will still need to wear glasses.