Cataracts affect millions of Americans and occur when the lens in the eye hardens and turns cloudy, blocking light from reaching the retina and interfering with vision. The effect is similar to looking through a dirty windshield. You can still see, but not as well, and colors may look dull.
Cataracts are a natural part of the aging process* and can occur in one or both eyes concurrently or at different times. Surgery is a highly perfected procedure involving the replacement of the cloudy lens with an artificial one and is usually recommended when the cataracts interfere with normal daily activities.
We are fortunate to have partnered with California Eye and Ear. Dr. Reid Wainess M.D. specializes in cataract surgery and performs between 500 and 800 cataract surgeries each year. He is in surgery 3 days a week. Along with cataract surgery he also performs Pterygium surgery and glaucoma laser surgery.
Cataract surgery is the most common performed under Medicare (almost 3.7 million cases in 2015). Results are permanent, with many patients reporting better vision than before they developed cataracts.
We use the latest in surgical technology now offering laser assisted surgery, intra-operative abberometry and the latest generation lenses. We also have the most up to date biometry (measurements required prior to surgery) including the Optovue Ocular Coherence Tomographer, and the Zeiss Iprofiler Topographer, designed to ensure some of the most accurate cataract calculations. Along with up to date technology, we have extensive experience at both the surgery, pre-operative measurements and post operative care.
*Cataracts can also be caused by metabolic changes, injury, and various forms of radiation, toxic chemicals, and certain drugs.