Comprehensive Cataract Care in Torrance
One of the most common effects of aging on the eye is the development of cataracts. Cataracts are a clouding of the lens in the eye, affecting your vision. Nearly 20.5 million people in the United States, age 40 or older, experience cataracts. If you develop cataracts, you may not notice them at first, but by the time you do, they will likely affect your lifestyle.
The inside of your eye has a clear lens about the same size and shape as an M&M. It is usually clear earlier in life but can cloud up as you age. Sometimes this can occur even when you are relatively young. The eye has difficulty focusing light clearly. You notice increased blurring which is not helped by a change in glasses. Glare and even multiple images can occur.
The treatment includes replacement of the cloudy lens with a clear plastic one, which cannot cloud up again. Most people get cataracts as a result of aging, beginning when you are in your fifties, or earlier for some people. Developing cataracts early does not mean that you won't have a long and healthy life.
Premium Cataract Surgery
A number of recent advances have made cataract surgery better. Insurance does not cover these procedures but they are often well worth it for the best possible vision.
Laser Cataract Surgery
At our surgery center, we can make surgery easier for the patient by using surgical lasers. W can help reduce the astigmatism that patients often have after a cataract has been fixed. We use the laser to focus on the lens inside the eye and gently soften it. With this treatment the cornea assumes a more favorable shape as determined by a computer. The need for glasses for astigmatism is greatly reduced. When the numbing drop wears off in twenty minutes there is no sensation of discomfort from the laser procedure. The Torrance Surgery Center is among the first six centers in the county to obtain the amazing LenSx medical laser.
When an eye has too much astigmatism to be easily corrected by the LenSx laser, we may insert a special lens into the eye at the time of cataract surgery. This is called a toric lens. Along with Dr. Steven Dinsmore, also working at the Torrance Surgery Center, Dr. Maher was one of the first two surgeons to implant toric lenses. Both doctors have experience with this type of lens going back to 1998. Ask us which option is best for you to correct astigmatism.
Cataracts and Glasses Free Close Vision
After cataract removal people frequently have good enough vision for driving without glasses. However, they often need a mild pair of magnifier glasses for close work or when using the computer. To reduce your need for glasses for these activities, one of two premium lenses may be placed in the eye at the time of cataract surgery.
Crystalens – This lens can move gently inside the eye, aid in focusing at intermediate distances and sometimes give good near vision as well. Ask the doctor if this lens is right for you.
ReStor Lens – This lens is placed at the time the cataract is fixed. It works very much like a bifocal contact lens, giving both a near and distance image. This makes the person nearly eyeglasses free. However this lens is not right for everybody. Always ask the doctor.
Clear Lens Extraction
Sometimes when a person has thick glasses or strong contact lenses, the doctor tells them that their need for correction is simply too strong for LASIK or other treatments. Some patients may have their lens removed and an intraocular lens inserted to reduce or eliminate the need for glasses and contacts. While not for everyone, this procedure can change some people's lives as they gain the ability to see the food on their plate without glasses.
Evaluation of the Patient
Early cataracts may be improved with eyeglasses or anti-glare sunglasses. Over time, cataracts may interfere with your vision to the point where everyday activities such as driving, reading and watching TV become difficult or impossible. Dr. Maher will help you to decide if surgery is right for you.
A Note About Premium IOL Lenses
After the natural lens has been removed, Dr. Maher may replace it with an artificial lens, called an intraocular lens (IOL) or premium IOL. An IOL is a clear plastic lens that requires no special care and becomes a permanent part of your eye. You will not feel or see the new lens.
When you need a cataract surgeon with almost three decades of experience, call John Maher, MD, at (424) 328-0091.