An estimated 16% of Americans aged 40 and older have cataracts, so it’s comforting to know that cataract surgery has an overall success rate of 97% or higher. Eduardo Besser, MD, specializes in femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery and can implant a new intraocular lens that corrects common vision problems, including astigmatism. Patients with blurry vision can contact Dr. Besser’s practice in the heart of Culver City, California or use online booking to schedule a comprehensive eye examination and manage their cataracts.
Cataracts and presbyopia are two conditions that reduce eye function as we age. Previously, these eye problems had to be addressed separately: cataracts with surgery, and presbyopia with glasses or contact lenses. If a patient wore glasses to correct for near or far-sightedness before cataract treatment, they’d continue to wear them afterwards.
Thanks to advances in lens implant technologies, cataract surgery can now address both problems with one procedure. Specialty intraocular lens (IOL) implants can now correct presbyopia and other refractive conditions like myopia and hyperopia, allowing patients to potentially live a life free of glasses.
A cataract is an ocular condition where the lens inside of the eye has become cloudy and hardened over time, allowing less and less light to enter. This causes vision to be dimmer and blurrier, and can make daily activities more and more difficult.
During cataract surgery in our Culver City, Los Angeles practice, the surgeon removes this clouded lens and replaces it with a new artificial lens to improve vision. It’s almost like implanting a contact lens into the eye itself.
In most cases, cataracts correlate with aging, including:
Cortical cataracts: Cortical cataracts affect the outer rim of the lens, which becomes white or cloudy. The most common symptom is excessive glare, especially at night. Cortical cataracts may also affect near and distance vision.
Other than fixing cataracts through surgery, in our Los Angeles practice we also perform presbyopia vision correction surgery. Presbyopia is a different vision loss issue related to normal aging. Typically, the lens inside a more youthful eye is flexible, easily adjusting its shape when we shift our gaze from a far object to a near object. As we near our forties, the lens begins to harden, losing this flexibility, and can no longer shift into focus for near objects. Presbyopia is the name for this loss of smooth transitioning.