Cataracts

Beverly Hills Institute of Ophthalmology

Ophthalmology located in Beverly Hills, CA & Torrance, CA

By the year 2050, a projected 50 million Americans will have cataracts. They’re one of the most common age-related ailments today, but fortunately, you don’t have to live with cloudy vision. At Beverly Hills Institute of Ophthalmology in Beverly Hills and Torrance, California, the highly experienced cataract surgeons perform cataract removal and premium intraocular lens implant procedures to help you preserve your vision and quality of life. Book an appointment through the online scheduler or by calling the office today.

Cataracts Q & A

What are cataracts?

Cataracts are cloudiness in your eye lens. They usually develop in middle age and tend to grow larger over time if not treated. If you don't receive treatment for cataracts, you could eventually go blind. But, the good news is that your Beverly Hills Institute of Ophthalmology cataract surgeon can remove your cataracts and replace them with a fully functional artificial lens.

How does cataract removal surgery work?

During cataract removal surgery, your Beverly Hills Institute of Ophthalmology cataract surgeon uses local anesthesia to ensure that you're comfortable during the procedure. Next, your surgeon creates a small lens incision using a femtosecond laser and emulsifies the eye's natural lens using a specialized ultrasonic tool.

Your surgeon removes the emulsified lens material through the incision and then replaces your lens with an intraocular (IOL) lens.

What are IOLs?

IOLs replace your natural lens with a prosthetic that becomes a permanent part of your eye. The IOLs contain any prescription that you need for clear vision. There are several kinds of IOLs, including:

Monofocal lenses

A monofocal lens corrects either nearsightedness or farsightedness. If you get a monofocal lens to correct your distance vision, you'll likely still need to wear reading glasses to read, work on a computer, or do other up-close tasks.

Multifocal lenses

Multifocal lenses, also called accommodating lenses, correct both nearsightedness and farsightedness in a single lens. Most patients who get multifocal lenses don't need any kind of vision correction after their surgery. Options in this category include Crystalens®, AcrySof® IQ ReSTOR®, and Tecnis® lenses.

Astigmatism lenses

AcrySof® IQ Toric lenses are made specifically for astigmatism. With AcrySof IQ Toric lenses, you can eliminate astigmatism and enjoy good distance vision. But, you'll likely still need to use reading glasses for close-up vision.

Your Beverly Hills Institute of Ophthalmology cataract surgeon will discuss the merits and potential drawbacks of each type of IOL with you ahead of your cataract removal surgery.

If cataracts are stealing your vision, you can rely upon the expert cataract surgeons at Beverly Hills Institute of Ophthalmology for cataract removal and premium IOLs. Use the online scheduler or call to book your cataract surgery consultation today.