Cataract Surgery in Orange County – Clarity Eye Group
Serving Huntington Beach, Long Beach, Costa Mesa, Westminster and Fountain Valley
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.
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.