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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
Call 1-800-345-8979 today to schedule an appointment.