What to expect during your appointment
Once you decide you’re ready to treat your cataracts and improve your vision, you will need to schedule a consultation with the team at Benjamin Eye Institute. During that appointment, you will undergo in-office preoperative testing and measurements. In addition to a full ophthalmic examination, one of the best cataract surgeons in Beverly Hills, Dr. Benjamin, will review the risks and benefits of cataract surgery with you, along with all of the treatment options that are available to meet your visual needs. Once your surgery is scheduled at our Los Angeles outpatient facility, we will review all of the details and schedule your final examinations. For more information about how to prepare for your surgery and what to avoid post-surgery, visit our Cataract Instructions page.
Typically, another visit is set to have biometrics performed:
- IOL Master
- Visual Field Testing
- Corneal Topography
- Corneal Pachymetry
These biometrics will assist in choosing the proper intraocular lens calculations. Logistical aspects of the surgery as well as medications are also discussed at this time.
Counseling will also take place during your appointments at our Los Angeles optometry office. This will include a discussion about the expectations concerning best corrected visual acuity (BCVA), including pre-operative conditions that may prevent perfect results, such as age-related macular degeneration. Counseling regarding uncorrected visual acuity (UCVA) may address goals of surgery, for example being left moderately nearsighted to allow near work to be performed without correction.
Patients with high amounts of astigmatism may not be able to rid themselves entirely of glasses. In this case, the doctor will talk to you about possible treatment modalities for astigmatism, including LRI and/or Toric IOL’s. Possible upgrade to a multifocal/accommodating lens implants may be considered if the patient desires.
What are “Secondary Cataracts?”
The eye structure includes what is termed a “lens capsule,” which holds the lens. After cataract surgery, some patients experience what is often called a “secondary cataract.” This is a condition in which the lens capsule (not the lens) becomes clouded. Other names for this condition are the medical term, “posterior capsular opacification,” or an “after cataract.” This condition can be treated with a laser procedure to restore clarity to that portion of the eye. It requires only a few minutes to complete this one-time corrective procedure.
Are Cataracts Serious?
If you have developed cataracts, it will impact your vision. The clouding of the lens associated with the clumping of proteins on the lens causes foggy, blurred, or clouded vision – all of which pose a danger when driving, and impact quality of life. Cataracts that are left untreated can lead to blindness – the most serious of all eye conditions. As the lens becomes thicker and harder it can cause inflammation or increased pressure within the eye, leading to glaucoma.
Can Cataracts Cause Blindness?
If cataracts are left untreated, the lens continues to thicken and harden, and can lead to blindness. Cataract surgery in which the lens is replaced with a synthetic lens can be performed on an eye in this condition, often restoring vision in that eye. It is advised that the surgery is performed before the patient has reached the point of low vision, as the thicker lens is more difficult to remove than one in a less severe condition. Worldwide, about 33 percent of the cases of blindness are the result of untreated cataracts, and 18 percent of cases of moderate to severe vision impairments.
Vision and Quality of Life
While cataract surgery is a commonly-performed procedure – you want to ensure that you are under highly-professional care for this delicate surgery. At Benjamin Eye Institute in Beverly Hills, we are proud to be the premier eye care center serving the Los Angeles area. Our accomplished eye surgeons employ the most advanced technology and we adhere to the most stringent patient safety protocols.
When cataracts are causing blurry vision, it affects every aspect of your life. Clear, sharp vision can be restored with a carefully-performed cataract surgery. At our eye clinic in West Hollywood, we offer patients the option of placing high-tech, advanced interocular lenses that make wearing glasses or contacts unnecessary.