Cataracts in Huntington Beach
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Clarity Eye Group, an NVISION Eye Center partner, has helped numerous Orange County cataracts patients restore clear, crisp vision. Our doctors specialize in advanced forms of cataract surgery and use many of the latest technologies and techniques for excellent outcomes. We provide care to patients 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 thta acts like a camera lens and 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, in turn making vision appear foggy or partially obscured in spots. Over time, the lens can become so cloudy that it needs to be replaced.
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 artificial lens is known as an intraocular lens, or IOL.
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. With extracapsular cataract surgery, the lens is removed and the capsule holding it is left partially intact to support the artificial lens. With intracapsular surgery, the lens and capsule are removed in one piece.
What Happens During Cataract Surgery?
Step 1 – A small incision is made in the cornea of the eye. The blurry lens is broken up with ultrasound energy and removed from the eye.
Step 2 – The cataract is replaced with an artificial lens.
Step 3 – The surgeon correctly positions the lens to restore the patient’s vision.
Femtosecond Laser-Assisted Cataract Surgery
Until 2011, cataract surgery was performed using a blade. While traditional cataract surgery is a safe and effective way to improve your vision, state-of-the-art femtosecond lasers allow for a customized procedure with enhanced computer-controlled precision. This results in some key benefits that include:
- Minimally invasive procedure
- Outpatient surgery completed in under one hour
- Significantly reduced recovery time
- Excellent results
Clarity Eye Group utilizes only the best in femtosecond technology: the Alcon LenSx laser.
Both traditional and laser-assisted cataract surgery are relatively short procedures, usually taking less than an hour to complete. They are performed under local anesthesia, most often without a hospital stay.
If you have astigmatism, Clarity Eye Group also offers the ORA system, a state-of-the-art technology that provides our surgeons an added level of precision and safety for an optimal outcome. The ORA system evaluates your optical system and its unique imperfections after the cataract is removed; these on-demand measurements help us to determine the correct IOL power and position to give you the best possible visual result. Thanks to the ORA system, we can reduce or eliminate your need to wear glasses after surgery.
Enhanced Quality of Vision With Lifestyle Lenses
Clarity Eye Group is home to some of the most highly regarded Orange County multifocal IOL specialists. Our surgeons offer many types of premium IOLs, including ReStor, Tecnis, Crystalens and Panoptix multifocal lenses, to provide our patients with the best overall vision results. Over the years, Clarity Eye Group’s eye surgeons have become renowned as leading Orange County experts — a reputation that attracts numerous patients every year, including individuals from Huntington Beach, Newport Beach, Fountain Valley and Westminster. During your consultation, our surgeons will educate you on how each type of IOL works, and recommend the perfect premium IOL to provide you with the results to meet your vison goals and reduce or possibly eliminate your dependence on glasses.
How a Premium IOL Can Enhance Your Vison After Cataract Surgery
Common Questions About Cataract Surgery
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 outcome.
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 or even up to a full month 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 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.
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 the Orange County Cataracts Surgeons at Clarity Eye Group
To learn more about cataract surgery in Orange County, or to schedule a consultation, please contact Clarity Eye Group today.
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.