What is a Cataract?
Your eye has a clear lens through which light passes, allowing you to see. When the lens loses its transparency, the cloudy tissue that develops is known as a cataract. Cataracts are the leading cause of vision loss among adults. Now, the 650,000 Southern Californians who suffer from cataracts have access to the first significant treatment advance in more than a decade.
A cataract is a progressive clouding of the eye's natural lens that interferes with light passing through to the retina. Sufferers usually describe the condition as being similar to looking through a waterfall, or a piece of wax paper, with a gradual blurring or dimming of vision.
- Blurred/hazy vision
- Spots in front of the eye(s)
- Sensitivity to glare
- A feeling of "film" over the eye(s)
What Causes Cataracts?
Most people develop cataracts simply as a result of aging, with the majority of cases occurring in people over the age of 55. Over 1.2 million Americans are diagnosed with cataracts each year. Other risk factors include eye injury or disease, a family history of cataracts, smoking or use of certain medications.
For people who are significantly affected by cataracts, lens replacement surgery may be recommended. During cataract replacement, the most common surgical procedure in the country, the lens is removed and replaced with an artificial one called an intraocular lens (IOL).
The clear lens focuses light on the retina.
The cataract interferes with light before it reaches the retina.
An IOL replaces the eye's natural lens after cataract removal.
Premium Laser Cataract Surgery
The femtosecond laser can perform several steps of the cataract operation in an automated and more predictable fashion than is currently practiced. It promises to achieve greater accuracy in optical outcomes and is available as an option for selected cases.
Dr. Samuel Masket, Dr. Nicole Fram, Dr. Juliet Chung, and Dr. Steven Naids offer a revolutionary new form of Premium Cataract Surgery. Employing femtosecond laser for added precision in key parts of the cataract surgical procedure, our surgeons anticipate the safest and most reliable outcomes for our cataract surgery patients. Although present levels of surgery are a virtual miracle of modern medicine, the new premium laser assisted method promises even greater accuracy.
Dr. Masket was the first surgeon to adapt the femtosecond laser technology for the purpose of cataract surgery in experimental work as early as 2004. He and Dr. Fram published this work in the Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery in 2010. Now, the use of this laser for our patients has become a reality, and is a fast and painless way to enhance your surgery.
Femtosecond Laser Assisted Cataract Surgery removes the cloudy lens and replaces it with a clear artificial lens called an intraocular lens (IOL). It also allows for superior correction of astigmatism (a very common irregular curvature of the eye) at the time of cataract surgery. In order to minimize the need for glasses after cataract surgery, astigmatism must be fully treated.
After the Femtosecond laser portion of the cataract surgery is complete, we then perform state-of-the-art, minimally invasive, cataract surgery called phacoemulsification ("phaco") surgery. First, the eye is numbed with anesthesia. Then a tiny incision is made in the eye to make room for a small ultrasonic probe. This probe breaks up, or emulsifies, the cloudy lens into tiny pieces. The pieces are then suctioned out through the probe. After the cloudy lens has been removed, a new artificial lens, or IOL, is implanted into the eye.
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