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 hard-working ophthalmologists of Tayani Institute with multiple locations in San Clemente, Oceanside, Mission Viejo, Laguna Hills, Santa Ana, Brea, Irvine, Big Bear Lake, 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?
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