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What is a Cataract?

We live a significant portion of our lives with clear eye lenses that enable clear vision. As your eye begins to age, natural proteins in your eye start to clump together causing a clouding of the crystalline lens. This is a cataract.

Cataracts gradually prevent light from reaching your retina, the back layer of your eye that processes images to send to the brain. Instead, the light that enters your eyes becomes scattered, blurred and distorted, resulting in a gradual deterioration of your vision. When not properly treated, cataracts can lead to vision loss or even blindness.

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Diagram of vision with and without cataracts

Symptoms of Cataracts

Sometimes you may not realize you have a cataract because it does not significantly affect your vision. However, when these symptoms begin to interfere with your daily life, it will be time to consider cataract surgery in the Inland Empire:

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Diagram of vision with and without cataracts

Cataract Surgery at Pacific Eye Institute

Modern cataract surgery is much different from the cataract surgery of your grandparents! During the procedure, the cloudy lens is removed and replaced with an artificial lens. Today, cataract surgery involves small incision sizes, anesthesia improvements, improved antibiotics to prevent infection, high-tech lens implants for visual clarity and real-time lens calculations during surgery. All these combined technologies are life changing for many patients and enable a great deal of lifestyle flexibility. In addition, this procedure no longer requires long hospital stays. In fact, it’s typically a 30-minute outpatient procedure we perform in our Ambulatory Surgery Center.

ORA Technology

Our doctors use Optiwave Refractive Analysis (ORA) technology during cataract surgery for some patients to ensure precise calculation for lens selection. This is a more precise measurement done during surgery, after the natural lens has been removed. With this more accurate measurement, your doctor can make real-time adjustments during the surgery to choose a more accurate lens based on the shape of your cornea and the length of your eye. This technology often improves vision results and reduces the need for follow-up treatments.

Cataract surgery diagram

Cataract surgery diagram

Replacement Lens Options

After your cloudy lens is removed, a new intraocular lens (IOL) will be gently inserted into your eye. In the past, you only had one option for vision improvement: a monofocal IOL. These lenses are still available today, but many patients opt for lenses that can actually restore youthful vision (even correct the need for reading glasses). During cataract consultations, our team discusses your lens options in great detail so you can choose the right one for your lifestyle and vision goals.

Advanced technology lens implants and precise measurement combinations can offer a wide spectrum of vision improvement including near, intermediate and far vision. Imagine being able to read the newspaper, drive at night or play golf without the use of glasses*! At Pacific Eye Institute, enhanced, elite vision after cataract surgery is a possibility.

*Depending on the lens you choose, some patients may still require glasses after surgery. 

This Choice Will Last A Lifetime

You will be using your new eyesight every waking moment for the rest of your life. Please take as much time as needed to consult with us as well as your family. Our surgeons, technicians and surgical liaisons are available to help you make the best decision. Our cataract surgeons will personally meet with you to discuss what lens would work best for your lifestyle.

Selecting the right type of lens implant for your eye is very important for your visual outcome. Special eye measurements will provide the data necessary for your surgeon to determine the implant power. Depending on eye history and current medical condition, we will have a unique lens recommendation. Additionally, our precise measurement equipment known as ORA can also be used to fine tune the lens implant calculation.

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Cataract Surgery FAQs

Do I really need to have cataract surgery?
Cataract surgery is an elective surgery, but once cataracts affect your lifestyle or daily activities it may be time to have them removed.

What are the risks and side effects?
Any surgical procedure there are always risk but our surgeons will do everything possible to minimize the risk and get the best possible outcome. Some side effects include inflammation, infection but the doctors will inform you of every possible complication.

Will I feel anything during cataract surgery?
Your eye will be numb during surgery, but most patients might feel some pressure.

Does every patient need a cataract lens implant?
Yes, once your cataract is removed, it is necessary to replace your natural lens with a new implant and this is done to get your best possible vision after surgery.

How soon can I drive after cataract surgery?
For most patients, vision improves within the first 24 hours after surgery but you may drive as soon as you feel comfortable. 

Can I rub my eye after cataract surgery?
No rubbing is allowed and it is important to be gentle around your eye.

How long will need to recover or take time off work?
Majority of people recover within 1-2 days, depending on your preference.

Will I be put to sleep?
No, you will not be put to sleep, however the anesthesiologist will be on site and use a gentle I.V. known as “twilight”.

Can I drive myself home?
No, your vision will be blurry after eye surgery due to the dilation drops.

Will I need glasses after surgery?
There are options to help lessen your dependence on glasses, your surgeon will notify you if you are a candidate for any of the premium lenses.

Common Vision Challenges by Age

20 - 40
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40 - 50
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Are you experiencing cloudy, yellowed vision?
Have you been diagnosed with cataracts?

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