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Your Complete Guide to Choosing the Right IOLs

April 10th, 2018

25 million Americans have cataracts and many of these individuals will opt to have cataract surgery this year. During cataract surgery, the cloudy lens is replaced with a clear intraocular lens or IOL.

Many of our cataract patients are unaware that they can choose from several different types of IOLs. The type of IOL that is best suited for you will depend upon several factors, such as your vision and the type of insurance you have.

Here are four factors you should consider when choosing your IOLs.

Are you hoping to ditch your glasses?

Some IOLs may require you to still use glasses occasionally. However, there are newer IOLS called multifocal IOLs that can minimize your need for glasses. However, these IOLs are more expensive and may not be covered by insurance.

Do you have astigmatism?

Most people have corneas that are round and smooth but with astigmatism, the cornea becomes curved. Individuals with astigmatism need a different kind of lens and are usually the happiest with toric IOLs. They have specific corrections built-in to treat astigmatism.

What kind of insurance do you have?

Insurance and Medicare don’t cover all types of IOLs. They do usually cover the most basic version, called monofocal lenses. This is the most popular types of lens and it usually improves distance vision.

Do you spend a lot of time working on digital devices?

If you spend a lot of time using digital devices, you may want to consider monofocal lenses that are set to improve both near and distance vision. This will help you adapt to looking at things up close and far away.

Are you still on the fence about whether or not to have cataract surgery? If you’re still unsure whether or not cataract surgery is right for you, why not schedule a consultation with Dr. Feinerman to learn more?

Surgery may be frightening for some, but Dr. Feinerman is a leader in cataract surgery and has the experience to help you.

Busting the Top 3 Myths About Cataract Surgery

March 26th, 2018

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At Feinerman Vision, a big part of what we do is clear up a lot of misinformation. Many patients come to us believing certain myths about their vision and treatment options and we do our best to set them straight.

For cataract patients, there are many clear benefits to having cataract surgery. Unfortunately, many patients don’t fully understand what is involved so they resist having it out of fear of the unknown.

Having surgery is a personal choice everyone has to make for themselves. But it’s always unfortunate when people miss out on the benefits of cataract surgery due to misinformation.

So in this blog post, we are busting the top three myths about surgery for cataracts.

Myth #1: I can’t have cataract surgery because I have previously undergone LASIK.

For most people, this simply is not true. Cataract surgery can almost always be performed on individuals who have had laser vision correction.

Of course, LASIK reshapes the front of your cornea so you should give your surgeon any records from both before and after your procedure. This will help them determine what type of intraocular lens you will need.

Myth #2: My cataracts may come back after my surgery.

Many patients mistakenly believe that cataracts are a type of “film” that grows over the eye. Therefore, they assume that after surgery it may just grow right back.

Cataracts are not a type of growth but rather, the lens in inside your eye is becoming cloudy. And since they aren’t a growth, they can’t grow back after surgery. Your doctor replaces the cloudy lens with a clear, artificial lens.

Myth #3: Cataract surgery is a risky procedure.

Did you know that cataract surgery is the most common surgery performed in the United States? And according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, cataract surgery actually has about a 95 percent success rate.

Any surgery will come with some degree of risk and you should discuss these with your doctor. But cataract surgery is far from “risky” and the odds of a highly successful outcome are in your favor. 

Hopefully, this blog post has helped clear up a few common misconceptions about cataract surgery. But if you still have more questions, we would be happy to discuss them with you. Contact our office to schedule your consultation today.

4 Ways Cataract Surgery Can Improve Your Daily Life

February 22nd, 2018

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Cataracts cause the lens in your eye to become cloudy so light is unable to pass through. Over time, this leads to vision loss. Some of the most common symptoms of cataracts are blurry vision, sensitivity to light, and difficulty driving at night.

If you have been living with cataract for awhile, you know the toll it can take on your daily life. Cataracts can be managed with lifestyle changes but over time, many people realize that cataract surgery is their best option.

One of the biggest benefits of cataract surgery is improved vision but many people don’t realize the other ways the surgery can improve their life. Let’s look at four unexpected ways cataract surgery can improve your daily life:

 

  • It can minimize your risk of injuries

 

Obviously, taking a fall isn’t good at any age but it becomes increasingly risky as you get older. For a senior citizen, a common household fall could even be deadly.

Research has shown that decreased vision can increase your likelihood of stumbling and falling. And this study looked at cataract patients and saw a link between cataract surgery and a decreased risk of hip fractures.

 

  • Increased independence

 

For many patients, one of the most difficult aspects of life with cataracts is that it causes them to be less self-sufficient. Their decreased vision means they are unable to do many of the things they used to be able to do, like driving and performing daily household tasks. Cataract surgery can help you regain that independence.

 

  • Can improve the longevity of your life

 

Can cataracts help you live longer? According to the research, maybe. This long-term study showed that patients who had cataract surgery had a 40 percent lower mortality rate than patients who didn’t have the surgery.

 

  • Give you a greater quality of life

 

Living a long life is nice but what most people really want is a better quality of life. Cataract surgery can improve your daily life by allowing you to do the things you love doing. It can allow you to regain your self-confidence and give you a greater level of enjoyment for your hobbies and other activities.

To learn more about cataract surgery and the many ways it can improve your life, contact our office today.

4 Things You Need to Know About Cataract Surgery

January 12th, 2018

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If you have recently been diagnosed with cataracts, we understand how nerve-wracking it can be. It’s always scary to be told that you have problems with your vision, no matter how treatable the problem is.

Fortunately, there have been numerous advances in cataract surgery over the years. Whether you are newly diagnosed or concerned you may have cataracts, here are four things you need to know about cataract surgery:

 

Cataracts are a normal result of aging

 

A cataract causes the lens of the eye to become cloudy and affect your vision. Cataracts sound scary but they are actually a very natural part of the aging process.

70 percent of adults aged 80 or older have been diagnosed with cataracts. The cataract surgery is very common as well; over three million surgeries are performed every year and 98 percent of those are performed with no complications.

 

Lens replacement is the only “cure” for cataracts

 

There are other ways you can manage the symptoms of your cataracts but cataract surgery is the only real “cure” for cataracts. For more people, it’s only a matter of when — not if — they have the procedure.

And more and more people are choosing to have the surgery earlier because the risk is so low and the benefits are so high.

 

Cataract surgery is safe and effective

 

Cataract surgery has improved a lot over the years and is now a very safe and effective procedure.  The quality of the lens has improved, there are no sutures involved, and the incision is relatively small.

And if you choose to have laser cataract surgery, a laser will be used to create the incision as opposed to the blade used in traditional cataract surgery. Laser cataract surgery is the most advanced option for cataract surgery and is more accurate and faster than traditional cataract surgery.

 

Your recovery period should be short

 

The surgery takes roughly 15 minutes to perform and afterward, you will have to spend some time in recovery. You should plan on having a friend or family member there to drive you home after surgery.

As long as you have good overall health and no other vision problems, your recovery from cataract surgery should be relatively short. And there is a good chance your vision will significantly improve after the surgery too.

However, it will take several days for your vision to adjust so don’t be alarmed if your vision is blurry at first. Give yourself time to rest and recover so your eyes can heal.

If you are interested in learning more about how to manage your cataracts or laser cataract surgery, contact our office today to schedule your appointment with Dr. Feinerman.

When Is the Right Time to Consider Cataract Surgery?

December 8th, 2017

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By the year 2050, it is estimated that 45 million people will have cataracts. Cataracts are a normal part of the aging process; they cause the lens of the eye to become cloudy, resulting in impaired vision.

There are various ways patients can manage their cataracts on their own but the only truly effective solution is cataract surgery. Of course, many people are nervous about the thought of having surgery.

And a common question we receive from many patients is, “How do I know when it’s the right time to consider cataract surgery?” The answer to this question will be different for everyone, but let’s look at a few ways you can help determine this for yourself.

 

  • Cataracts impact your ability to drive safely

 

For many patients, the loss of independence is one of the most frustrating side effects of cataracts. Cataracts can cause a glare or halo to form around lights, making it hard to drive at night.

And as your vision continues to worsen, it may be hard to read street signs. And if your cataracts become bad enough, they can even cause you to fail your driver’s test.

The bottom line is, if you can no longer drive safely as a result of your cataracts, it may be time to consider cataract surgery.

 

  • Cataracts keep you from participating in activities you enjoy

 

Do you find that you can no longer engage in sporting activities you enjoy because your distance vision has been affected? Or is it hard to read a book, work in your garden, or participate in other activities you enjoy doing? If your cataracts have started to interfere with your daily life, cataract surgery may be the best option for you.

 

  • You can no longer manage the symptoms on your own

 

In the early stages of cataracts, it is possible to manage some of the symptoms without surgery. You can get a stronger prescription, use brighter lights in your home, or use a magnifying glass to make it easier to read. However, if these strategies stop working at some point, it may be time to consider cataract surgery.

Cataract surgery is one of the most common surgeries performed by eye doctors and Dr. Feinerman is a leader in cataract surgery. Contact our Newport Beach office to schedule your cataract consultation with Dr. Feinerman today.

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