Cataracts Santa Rosa, CA
A cataract is a cloudiness of the lens inside your eye. It develops as a normal part of the aging process, usually beginning in your fifties and slowly progresses with time.
Most commonly, cataracts cause overall blurriness that persists throughout the day. Glare, halos, and even one-eyed double vision can also be associated symptoms. Patients with cataracts may notice that colors appear more dull or that they need more light to read.
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Symptoms of Cataracts
Catarcts typically result in:
- Blurred vision
- Inability to see in dim light
- Seeing halos around lights
- Vision loss
To combat these symptoms many individuals look to surgery, this is where the Eye Care Institute can help you get your vision back! We discuss cataract surgery with patients when their best-corrected vision is not adequate for their needs and the cataract is the primary reason for their visual loss. For example, cataract surgery is considered when an individual has difficulty with driving, reading, or other activities of daily life. It is performed as an elective (non-emergency) procedure.
Understanding Cataract Laser Surgery
In laser cataract surgery, an advanced femtosecond laser replaces for the following steps in your cataract surgery:
- The corneal incision
- The anterior capsulotomy
- Lens and cataract fragmentation
Use of a laser can improve the precision, accuracy, and reproducibility of each of these steps, potentially reducing risks and improving visual outcomes of cataract surgery.
The surgeons at ECI are thrilled to be able to offer advanced femtosecond laser cataract surgery with laser guided astigmatism management and quicker vision. We perform microincisional cataract surgery that is done under topical anesthesia and does not require the use of stitches in most cases. After the bulk of the natural lens is removed, an intraocular lens implant is implanted. We have excellent results in selecting the proper power of lens implant for each patient to provide them with optimal post-op vision.
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Intraocular lens (IOL) is a lens implanted in the eye as part of cataract surgery. These are implanted during cataract surgery after the cloudy eye’s natural lens (colloquially called a cataract) has been removed.
Our patients often desire freedom from glasses and contact lenses for all of their activities. Newly developed technologies over the years have moved us all closer to that goal. Advances in laser cataract surgery with implantable intraocular lenses (IOLs) have greatly improved the quality of life of our patients.
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Causes of Cataracts
Cataracts often develop due to aging or when an injury occurs to the tissue that makes up your eye’s lens. There are several types of cataracts, but all of them are essentially a clouding of the lens of the eye, scattering light that enters the retina, thereby reducing overall visibility.
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