Cataracts form when the natural lens in the eye becomes cloudy, usually as a result of the normal aging process. When cataracts progress to the point that they significantly impair vision, cataract surgery may be necessary to restore useful vision. An artificial lens implant is placed in the eye during the procedure to focus vision and minimize the need for thick glasses.
4 Stages of Cataract Development
Cataract progression varies with each individual and is dependent on the type of cataract and other accelerating risk factors such as age, exposure to UV rays and use of certain medications. Understanding the different stages of cataract development is useful in planning treatment and monitoring your vision.
Cataract Eye Surgery
A critical component of the evaluation for cataract surgery is the determination of the strength of the lens implant. Vantage Eye Center has the very latest in technology to maximize the accuracy of this calculation, the IOL Master. The IOL Master performs an individual analysis of the patient's eye, performing dozens of measurements in a matter of seconds. These measurements are then used to determine the appropriate strength of the lens implant for that particular eye. Though other, less modern techniques can be used to make this calculation, no other technology matches the precision of this instrument, which is accurate to the hundredth of a millimeter.
Dr. Pruthi, Dr. Kim, and Dr. Page perform small incision, no-stitch, no-needle cataract surgery at Vantage Surgery Center. At our state-of-the art center, patients enjoy the convenience of outpatient surgery and a rapid recovery. Modern equipment and the expertise of our surgeons provide the safety and quality of a university hospital without the inconvenience or cost. In the hands of Vantage's highly trained surgeons, modern cataract surgery is comfortable, quick (it typically takes less than 10 minutes), and highly successful.
Dr. Whisler offers cataract surgery performed at the Monterey Peninsula Surgery Center on 966 Cass Street.
Cataract Surgery at Vantage Eye Center
Vantage Eye surgeons also offer 'dropless' cataract surgery. After cataract surgery, patient typically need to place multiple eye drops in the eye, many times during the day for the first two weeks after surgery. This can be a nuisance due to the medication schedule, and costly, since some of the drops can be pricy. Our surgeons can now replace all those post-operative drops with an injection given at the end of surgery. If this interests you, ask your Vantage Eye surgeon during your visit.
Patients can also elect to have special lenses placed during the surgery which may help eliminate the need for reading glasses after surgery. This is part of the Advanced Technology Lens program.
For more information on the Advanced Technology Lens program, click here.