Cataracts in Huntington Beach
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Over the years, Clarity Eye Group’s eye surgeons have helped numerous Orange County cataracts patients restore clear, crisp vision. They specialize in advanced forms of cataract surgery and use many of the latest technologies and techniques. This approach allows them to consistently deliver outstanding visual results, which in turn attracts cataracts patients from throughout Orange County, including Huntington Beach, Newport Beach, Fountain Valley, Westminster, Costa Mesa and Seal Beach.
Cataract: What Is It?
A cataract is a clouding of the eye’s natural lens, the part of the eye which acts like a camera lens that focuses light coming into the eye onto the retina at the back of the eye. Cataracts appear when protein and dead cells inside the eye build up on the lens, much like a dirty window inside your eye. The buildup makes it very difficult for light to pass through, making vision appear foggy or partially obscured in spots. Over time, the window can become so dirty that it needs to be replaced.
No one is sure what exactly causes cataracts; however, the condition is typically associated with the natural aging process. In fact, cataracts are present in more than 50 percent of Americans who are over age 60. Other possible causes are certain medications and illnesses, ultra-violet light exposure, and injury to the eye. Recent studies also suggest that those who smoke cigarettes have an increased chance of developing cataracts than those who do not smoke.
Cataracts cannot be prevented or reversed. However, they can be removed by a surgical procedure in which the clouded lens is removed and replaced with a clear, artificial one that is implanted in the eye. The highly experienced Orange County cataracts surgeons at Clarity Eye Group perform cataract surgery in one of two ways – extracapsular cataract surgery or intracapsular cataract surgery.
Extra-Capsular Cataract Surgery in Orange County
Extra-capsular cataract surgery involves removing the clouded lens and leaving the natural capsule which holds the lens in place. Removal of the lens from the capsule is most often done with a process called phacoemulsification, which uses ultrasonic energy to break up the clouded natural lens into microscopic particles so it can be easily removed through a tiny opening at the front of the eye. The capsule is left behind to support a new silicone or plastic lens implant. The incision created on the eye will seal on its own without the need for stitches. Clarity Eye Group’s surgeons offer implantation of various premium lens implants (IOLs), such as Crystalens, Tecnis Multifocal and ReStor in Orange County.
Intra-Capsular Cataract Surgery
In contrast, intracapsular cataract eye surgery is performed by removing the entire clouded lens and its capsule, then replacing both with artificial components. This surgery is less common than extra-capsular surgery because of a greater rate of complications, including retinal detachment and swelling.
Who is a candidate for cataract surgery?
You may be a candidate for cataract surgery if cataracts have impaired your vision so badly that you have trouble with daily activities like reading and driving. You should be healthy enough to undergo surgery and have reasonable expectations of the outcomes.
How much does cataract surgery cost?
The cost of cataract surgery varies, based on factors such as the doctor performing the operation and the technology and IOLs used.
What are the benefits of cataract surgery?
Cataract surgery can benefit your vision and your quality of life. With clearer vision, you can drive, read and watch television easily. You can enjoy an independent lifestyle, socialize and enjoy your favorite hobbies. Furthermore, studies also suggest that cataract surgery can reduce your risk of falling, and it may help you live longer.
How long does the procedure take?
Cataract surgery takes less than 30 minutes to perform.
How long does it take to recover?
Some patients are able to see clearly as soon as the day after surgery. Others need a few days up to a full month in order to see visual improvement.
When can I return to normal activity?
You can resume light activity within a few days after cataract surgery, as long as you are careful not to perform any strenuous activity or movements that involve placing your head lower than your body.
You can resume work within a few days of cataract surgery.
Will I feel discomfort or pain?
During cataract surgery, you will not feel any pain. Medication is used to numb your eyes and relax you so you remain comfortable and do not remember very much of the surgery afterward.
As the medications wear off, your eyes might feel mildly itchy, irritated or sensitive to light. Any discomfort should be quite mild and easily controlled with over-the-counter pain relievers.
If you experience severe pain after surgery, it could be an indication of a rare complication.
Will I still need glasses after cataract surgery?
For the most part, cataract surgery should significantly reduce your dependence on glasses.
Whether you are reliant on glasses after cataract surgery depends on the overall health of your eyes, your visual needs and the type of IOL you select. For example, monofocal IOLs restore vision at a single fixed distance; if your monofocal IOL is set for distance vision, you will need glasses to read and perform other close tasks.
Are there risks?
Cataract surgery is one of the safest and most routine procedures performed today. But as with any procedure, there is potential for complications. Cataract surgery complications include infection, swelling in certain parts of the eye, bleeding and the worsening of certain eye conditions.
What if I decide against cataract surgery?
You might decide against cataract surgery if cataracts are not interfering with your lifestyle or your safety. If you are in the early stages of cataract development and do not have noticeable symptoms, there is no reason to remove your cataracts.
But cataracts will never go away on their own. If you decide against cataract surgery, we recommend you have regular eye exams to monitor their progression.
Contact Orange County Cataracts Surgeons at Clarity Eye Group
Both types of cataract surgery are relatively short, usually taking less than an hour to complete, and are performed under local anesthesia, most often without a hospital stay. To learn more about cataract surgery in Orange County, or to schedule a consultation, please contact Clarity Eye Group today. The practice’s experienced eye care specialists can also explain the benefits of undergoing cataract surgery in conjunction with astigmatism correction. They also provide top quality care to Orange County, Huntington Beach and Newport Beach LASIK surgery patients. In addition, they specialize in helping Orange County eyelid surgery and Botox patients rejuvenate their facial appearance.
Intraocular Lens Implants
Clarity Eye Group is home to some of the most highly regarded, best Orange County ReStor, Crystalens and Tecnis Multifocal IOLs specialists. They use these sophisticated intraocular lens implants (IOLs) to replace patients’ clouded natural lenses that are removed during cataract surgery. Over the years, Clarity Eye Group’s eye surgeons have become renowned as leading Orange County Tecnis Multifocal, Crystalens and ReStor experts – a reputation that attracts numerous Orange County premium IOLs patients every year, including individuals from Huntington Beach, Newport Beach, Fountain Valley and Westminster. In the paragraphs below, they explain how ReStor and Tecnis Multifocal work and the refractive errors these IOLs help correct.
ReStor IOLs in Orange County
ReStor is a popular brand of advanced intraocular lenses commonly used in cataract surgery. ReStor IOLs are multi-focal lenses designed to restore near, intermediate and distance vision and are most commonly used to treat decreased near-vision. Many of our ReStor Orange County patients are individuals who are presbyopic and have trouble reading books or doing other activities that require clear up-close vision. By undergoing cataract surgery with ReStor IOLs in Orange County, they can improve their vision and decrease or eliminate their dependence on eyeglasses.
Tecnis Multifocal IOLs in Orange County
Tecnis Multifocal received FDA approval for vision correction in cataract surgery patients in 2009. This lens is an excellent option for patients who wish to achieve clear vision at multiple distances, including near, intermediate and far. Tecnis Multifocal works well in most light conditions. Some patients may experience halos around lights when driving at night. According to the manufacturer of Tecnis Multifocal, this visual impression of rings may lessen or go away over time. Most of our Tecnis Multifocal Orange County patients experience no trouble and are able to greatly reduce or eliminate their need for eyeglasses.
Crystalens Accommodating IOLs in Orange County
Crystalens is a brand of intraocular lens frequently used in patients who suffer from cataracts or other eye disorders. Crystalens has a hinge, which allows the lens to move along with your eye as you look around and focus on objects at different distances. In most cases, a Crystalens can replace a natural lens clouded by a cataract, returning clear vision. This lens most closely resembles the natural lens of the eye in its form and function and is the least likely to cause nighttime glare, though its ability to allow patients to read without glasses is somewhat less than the ReStor IOLs.
To find out if you could benefit from ReStor, Crystalens or Tecnis Multifocal IOLs, please contact Clarity Eye Group today. Our experienced specialists will perform a thorough evaluation to recommend the best IOLs for you. In addition to performing cataract surgery, Clarity Eye Group also provides eye care services for Orange County LASIK patients.