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A painless condition, cataracts are the gradual clouding of the eye’s naturally clear lens. It develops as people age and leads to impaired vision that worsens over time. If the condition is preventing your ability to see the world clearly, cataract surgery may be necessary to repair your vision and restore your quality of life.

Cataracts form on the lens of the eye, which is located behind the iris (the colored portion.) The lens focuses the light that passes into your eye so that it can produce clear images on the retina. With age, the lens loses some of its inherent flexibility. The tissues begin to break down, clumping together and clouding certain areas – which is how cataracts form. Over time, the clouded areas increase in density and begin to affect a larger portion of the lens. This results in the distortion and blocking of light, which prevents a clear image from reaching the retina and leads to blurred vision.

There are several types of cataracts. Nuclear cataracts begin on the center of the lens and cause nearsightedness. They may also result in the yellowing or browning of the lens, which can interfere with your ability to see shades of color. Cortical cataracts affect the edges of the lens and begin as white, opaque areas or streaks. Posterior subcapsular cataracts begin near the back of the lens. They interfere with reading vision and cause halos around lights. And finally, there are congenital cataracts that patients are born with or that develop during childhood due to an infection, genetic factors or trauma.


The primary symptom of cataracts is clouded vision that makes daily activities, such as driving a car and reading, more difficult. Patients commonly report that it feels like they’re looking through a frosty window. Other signs of cataracts include:

  • Increased sensitivity to light and glare
  • Cloudy, blurred or double vision
  • Decreased night vision abilities
  • Worsening prescription
  • Halos around lights

When the condition first develops, you may only notice slight changes in your vision. However, as the cataract grows and clouds more of your lens, your symptoms will become more apparent.

Why choose the Benjamin Eye Institute for your Los Angeles cataract surgery?

Dr. Arthur Benjamin is known as among the best cataract surgeons Los Angeles has to offer. Additionally, their facility and laser suite are among the most advanced in the nation, featuring the latest technology and equipment, along with thoughtful details like humidity and temperature controls designed with patient comfort in mind. In short, at the Benjamin Eye Institute, you can rest assured that you’re receiving world-class, highly capable care as you resolve your condition, improve your eyesight and restore your quality of life.

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If you’re interested in undergoing cataract surgery to improve your eyesight, schedule a consultation with leading cataract surgeons, Dr. Benjamin or Dr. Golchet, today.

During your consultation at our Los Angeles office, they will assess your condition, review your treatment options with you and help you determine which approach is in your best interest.

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    Doe G.
    Los Angeles, CA
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    Wow! I just had surgery by Dr. Benjamin  yesterday. Today I have 20-20, in that eye. Painless & perfect. I had no Idea, what I had been missing.
    Wonderful eye institute. Delightful & very efficient & up to date staff. Especially Myka. Treat yourself to good eye sight by the charming Dr. Benjamin. You will be in good hands.

  • Matt P.
    West Hollywood, CA
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    I have had dry eyes for a quite sometime and had seen several physicians and got eye drops etc but not until I have seen  Dr. Benjamin I found how serious problem that it was. I had the most thorough and individual attention by Dr. Benjamin. He explained to me my problem and treatment options available. Dr. Benjamin and His staff  are very caring and they spend as much time with you as needed and one feels taken care of. I was given state of the art treatment for my dry eyes and my eyes went from feeling tired , red , scratchy and itchy to brilliantly glowing clear. Office is very serene and staff is attentive, pleasant and smiling. Dr. Benjamin is very down to earth and explains thoroughly that one understands what alis them. I will definitely  keep coming back for all my eye issues.

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    Renee T.
    Los Angeles, CA
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    I wish I had come to Dr. Benjamin years ago!!!

    I have been hopping around between 3 eye doctors in the last few years complaining of severe eye pain, redness - so bad I haven't been able to wear contacts for a year. Every other doctor made a diagnosis in 2 minutes, prescribed a few things and sent me on my way. Nothing helped and the doctors kept saying my eyes looked fine despite my symptoms. Finally I saw Dr. Benjamin, and he listened to my concerns from top to bottom and did tests the other doctors never did! He made a brand new diagnosis which finally makes sense and fits my symptoms. He spent almost an hour with me which is unbelievable. I am so impressed with this place, even the front desk and other staff were so friendly. I'm so relieved and am looking forward to making a recovery with Dr. Benjamin and eventually getting LASIK.

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