Cataracts are associated with the following symptoms:
These symptoms are similar to other eye problems. The only way to diagnose cataracts is through an eye exam. If you are concerned about deteriorating vision, please contact us immediately.
Cataracts develop slowly over time and are most often diagnosed in people over the age of 50. Cataracts are a very common condition in older people – almost everyone over the age of 75 has cataracts. An infant can be born with congenital cataracts, but this is very rare.
The main risk factor for the development of cataracts is age. Other risk factors include certain diseases (e.g. diabetes), lifestyle choices such as smoking or drinking alcohol, and environment factors, including prolonged exposure to UV light.
Cataracts need to be removed when they prevent you from doing everyday tasks. When they first develop, cataracts are very small and have little effect on vision. As they grow larger, vision becomes cloudier and more distorted. If you have a cataract, your eye doctor will monitor the cataract’s growth carefully and recommend surgery if and when necessary. Some cataracts remain small and never need to be removed.
Cataract surgery is one of the safest surgeries performed today and is associated with very few lasting side effects. The most common side effects reported by our patients include pain and itching during the recovery period. Less common side infects include infection, swelling, and bleeding. You can ensure the best outcome and minimize your risk of complications by carefully following your post-surgical instructions.
Thanks to advancements in cataract surgery and modern IOLs, many people experience 20/20 vision after cataract surgery. If you opt for premium IOLs, you may even be able to eliminate your need for reading glasses.
Cataract surgery with standard IOLs is covered by nearly every insurance policy and Medicare. Your insurance policy may not cover the cost of premium IOLs. If you want to take advantage of this advanced technology, then you may be required to cover the cost yourself.
Laser cataract surgery offers several advantages over traditional cataract surgery, including greater precision and the ability to reduce astigmatism. Laser cataract surgery, however, is not covered by insurance companies. We will discuss the advantages of laser cataract surgery with you during your initial consultation so you can make an informed decision.
There are many different types of IOLs available on the market today, each designed to address specific concerns. Our doctors have experience working with nearly every IOL available and can help you pick the best IOL for your unique needs.
We serve patients in Huntington Beach as well as other Orange County communities, including Newport Beach, Irvine, Fountain Valley, Westminster, Costa Mesa, and Tustin.