According to the National Eye Institute, about 50% of people have cataracts or have had cataract surgery by the time they’re 80 years old. If you’re experiencing poor and cloudy vision, visit the ophthalmologists of Tayani Institute with multiple locations in San Clemente, Oceanside, Mission Viejo, Laguna Hills, Santa Ana, Brea, Irvine, Big Bear, and Needles, California. Poor vision due to cataracts is especially common. Fortunately, there are effective treatments and ways to protect your vision from further damage. Click or call the location nearest you to book your personal consultation.
Cataract Q & A
What are cataracts?
The natural lens in your eyes bends light as it enters so you can see. The lens is normally flexible and clear. When the lens becomes cloudy, a cataract occurs.
A clouded lens prevents light from entering your eye and impairs vision. Cataracts can happen in one or both eyes and can lead to blindness if left untreated.
What causes cataracts?
Aging is the most common cause of cataracts. Over time with the aging process, the proteins present in your lenses break down causing clouded vision. This becomes especially problematic when the cloudy lens blocks all light from reaching your eyes.
Other causes of cataracts include:
- A family history of cataracts
- Too much sun exposure
- Certain medications, such as corticosteroids
- Eye surgery, eye injury, or radiation treatments on the upper body
Cataracts can happen in children, often due to the way the lenses formed in their eyes before birth.
How are cataracts treated?
Typically, cataract treatment begins with conservative measures, such as new glasses or UV-protective sunglasses.
If these measures aren’t sufficient, the team might suggest surgery, where your surgeon carefully removes your clouded lens and replaces them with crystal-clear artificial lens.
You might choose to replace your natural lens with a standard mono-focal intraocular lens that restores clear vision at a single distance.
There are standard lenses, premium lenses, and multifocal lenses that restore clear vision at multiple distances. Your Tayani Institute surgeon can help you decide what’s best for you.
Cataract surgery is outpatient and usually takes around 10 to 20 minutes. The goal is to use ultrasonic energy inside your eye to fragment and break up the cataract to allow for its removal. Your surgeon then places the lens implant in your eye.
Typically, cataract surgery is performed on one eye at a time. If your other eye has a cataract, the surgery is performed anywhere between 2 weeks and 3 months following the surgery on your first eye.
Tayani Institute is the only surgery facility in South Orange County offering bladeless cataract surgery with the innovative the LenSx® femtosecond laser allowing for neater incisions, faster and more efficient surgeries, and a reduced recovery time.
Learn more about the technology, the procedure, and what you can expect by booking a consultation online today. You can also call Tayani Institute for more information.
What are the treatment options for cataracts?
RxSight™ Light Adjustable Lens
The RxSight™ Light Adjustable Lens is the first and only intraocular lens (IOL) that can be customized after cataract surgery. The Light Adjustable Lens is made of a special photosensitive material that can be adjusted in response to ultraviolet (UV) light. This optimization is done by your eye doctor in the weeks following lens implantation through a series of non-invasive light treatments that take only a few minutes each. You will have the unique ability to adjust and preview your vision until it meets your personal desires and lifestyle requirements. The Light Adjustable Lens delivers superior vision outcomes that non-adjustable IOLs cannot match.
Light Adjustable Lens Fast Facts
- The first and only adjustable intraocular lens (IOL) that allows your physician to customize your vision after your cataract surgery
- Patients who received the Light Adjustable Lens followed by adjustments were twice as likely to achieve 20/20 vision at 6 months without glasses as those who received a standard monofocal IOL
- The cataract removal and IOL implantation procedure is the same as if you selected a non-adjustable IOL
- The Light Adjustable Lens is made of a special photosensitive material that changes the shape and power of your implanted lens in response to ultraviolet (UV) light
- You will have the unique ability to preview and compare possible vision outcomes based on your preferences and lifestyle requirements
- Light treatments that precisely reshape your implanted lens are delivered in your doctor’s office to adjust your vision to the desired target
- Light treatments are painless, non-invasive, and last approximately 90 seconds
- You may need 2 to 4 total light treatments over a period of 1 to 2 weeks to reach your vision goals
- You will need to wear special UV protective glasses during all waking hours (from time of lens implantation until after the last light treatment is completed) to prevent exposure to indoor and outdoor sources of UV light that can cause uncontrolled changes to the Light Adjustable Lens
UV Protective Glasses (Language)
Exposure to indoor and outdoor sources of UV light can cause uncontrolled changes to the Light Adjustable Lens until all light treatments are completed. To prevent this, patients must wear special UV protective glasses provided by RxSight during all waking hours (from time of lens implantation until 24 hours after the final lock-in light treatment is completed).
The clear pair of protective glasses must be worn indoors, and the tinted pair must be worn in all bright sunlight conditions. The glasses may be removed when sleeping, and may be temporarily removed when showering, washing the face, or applying eye drops as long as the patient is not exposed to direct sunlight.
Unprotected exposure to UV light during this period can result in unpredictable changes to the Light Adjustable Lens, which might necessitate removal of the lens.
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