Globally, cataracts are the leading cause of blindness. Modern cataract surgery is the most commonly performed surgical procedure in the U.S. It is a painless and quick procedure performed in an ambulatory setting without any injections or stitches. At Benjamin Eye Institute, we provide our Los Angeles area clients with the most advanced technology and innovative techniques for treating cataract sufferers. Many people in California suffering with cataracts are unaware of their condition. Gradually, cataracts cloud the lens of the eye, and are usually undetected in the beginning stages. Initially, small changes in vision may occur, but typically vision changes aren’t recognized until night vision begins to become compromised. Cataracts will gradually hamper your day-to-day activities, making it harder to do the simple things like read a paper or go to the movies.
Modern cataract surgery presents patients with an opportunity to simultaneously correct numerous vision problems, including astigmatism, nearsightedness, farsightedness and presbyopia. Most recently the Femtosecond Laser-Assisted Cataract Care holds the promise of even greater safety and precision, while giving patients freedom from glasses for both distance and near vision for the rest of their lives. Fortunately, there are some wonderful options for those currently suffering from cataracts. Our team at Benjamin Eye Institute is eager to share the technological advances that are available, and we are committed to discussing all of your options with you in order to make the best decision possible for your lifestyle. Benjamin Eye Institute is recognized as a leading cataract surgery and care center in the Los Angeles area.
What is a Cataract?
Every normal, developed eye contains a crystalline lens. The lens is a clear organ made up of proteins. The crystalline lens is responsible for focusing images on the retina. It functions much like a lens in a camera that helps bring images to focus on the film. Over time, external environmental factors such as ultraviolet light, smoking, poor nutrition, radiation and/or chemotherapy cause the crystalline lens to become cloudy. The most common cause of cloudiness for the lens of the eye is the aging process. The clouding occurs due to denaturation of proteins that make up the lens. This process of clouding of the lens is irreversible, and is called cataract formation. As the cataract forms, the light entering the eye is scattered by the increasingly dense and cloudy lens, resulting in poor vision. Eye without a cataract: clear crystalline lens focuses light rays on the retina, resulting in a crisp clear image Eye with a cataract: clouded crystalline lens scatters the light rays resulting in a blurry, washed out imageCATARACT RELIEF
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Who is at risk for developing cataracts?
The patients with the greatest risk of developing cataracts are individuals between the ages of 65 and 70. Up to 50% of individuals age 65 and over have visually significant cataracts that interfere with the activities of daily living. Patients who are on chronic steroid administration have undergone radiation or chemotherapy and patients who have had trauma are all at risk for developing cataracts at an even earlier age. Common cataract symptoms may include:
- Decrease of visual acuity
- Loss of color perception
- Loss of contrast sensitivity
- Sensitivity to light (photo-sensitivity)
Frequently, symptoms are manifested as difficulty seeing road signs, experiencing halos and glare from the oncoming traffic as well as difficulty reading and photosensitivity.
How is a cataract diagnosed?
The only way to properly diagnose a cataract is with a complete ophthalmic examination by an ophthalmologist or optometrist. These doctors use an instrument called a slit lamp to examine your eyes. The slit lamp is a microscope with specialized illumination that allows for a detailed examination of the inner and outer tissues of the eyes. If a cataract is diagnosed, Dr. Benjamin or your doctor may attempt to improve your vision with glasses and/or contact lenses. In cases when a cataract is significant and the vision is not correctable with glasses or contacts surgery may be recommended. If you do decide to proceed with cataract extraction you will need to consider some options on what kind of cataract care is best for you. You can learn about various treatment options in the Los Angeles area at the Benjamin Eye Institute. Patient being examined with slit lamp and slit lamp view of cataract
How is a cataract treated?
Modern cataract care presents the patient with a wide range of treatment options, which may include:
- FemtoSecond Laser Assisted Cataract Extraction
- ClearCorneal Phacoemulsification
- Astigmatism management
- Presbyopia Correcting IOL’s
Learn more about various treatment options for cataracts. As a leading Los Angeles cataract surgery provider, Dr. Benjamin offers a wide range of premium IOLs to replace existing damaged lenses, including ReSTOR IOLs, Tecnis IOLs, Toric IOLs and Crystalens in Los Angeles. Dr. Benjamin also offers revolutionary modern treatments to restore clear vision, including the laser cataract surgery procedure. Continue reading about Cataracts and Intraocular Lenses. Looking for more information about Cataract or Cataract Surgery in Beverly Hills, California? Reach out to us at Benjamin Eye Institute 310.507.7988.Have your cataracts treated
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