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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.

Cataract Surgery: 5 Tips to Minimize Your Recovery Time

November 16th, 2017

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Cataracts are a common condition that causes the eyes to become cloudy. They can happen at any age but occur more frequently in older adults. Fortunately, cataracts are rarely dangerous and early on, the side-effects can be managed with lifestyle changes and a stronger prescription.

However, your cataracts will continue to progress and at some point, cataract surgery will likely be the best option for you. Cataract surgery is an incredibly safe and painless procedure and it’s improved the lives of millions of people.

Statistically, your odds are favorable for having a good outcome and improved vision. Let’s look at five ways you can minimize your recovery time after cataract surgery:

1. Give yourself plenty of rest

Most people recover fairly quickly so it can be tempting to immediately resume your regular activities. However, take this opportunity to rest and let your eyes heal. Stay home for the first week and give your eyes a break.

2. Use eye drops

Your doctor will prescribe you eye drops to minimize your risk of infection. Make sure you follow the instruction carefully and apply them as prescribed by your doctor.

3. Avoid anything that may irritate your eyes

Infection is one of the biggest risks you face immediately following surgery. So you should avoid doing any activities that will expose your eyes to common eye irritants.

So this means you should avoid doing things like swimming or putting on eye makeup. It may be a good idea to wear protective eye shields over your eyes for the first couple of days.

4. Don’t do any driving

Your eyes may be blurry immediately following surgery but your vision should continue to improve over the following week. Many people think this means they are okay to drive but you should always err on the side of caution.

Having to rely on other people to drive you around can be annoying but safety is the most important thing. Wait until your doctor gives you the go-ahead before you begin driving again.

5. Follow up with your eye doctor

One of the most important things you can do to aid your recovery is to follow up with your eye doctor. Your eye doctor here in Newport Beach, CA will check how your eyes are healing and answer any questions you may have. Contact Feinerman Vision Center to schedule your cataract consultation today!

How Can I Help My Senior Parent Who is Living with Cataracts?

October 16th, 2017

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You may be unfamiliar with the term “sandwich generation”. This describes a group of individuals who are caring for aging parents while raising their own children.

A lot has changed since that term was coined in the 1980’s but many of the problems remain the same. Adult children have to find a way to help their senior parents stay safe while still managing their own day-to-day lives.

Let’s look at one common health challenge that most seniors will face at some point: living with cataracts.

Living With Cataracts

As we age, proteins will begin to form and clump together in the lens of the eye. This is known as a cataract and over time, it can grow larger and will make the lens become cloudy.

For seniors who have cataracts, this poses many challenges to their daily life. Since their cataracts affect their ability to see clearly they can have a hard time performing daily tasks. Here are some challenges that cataracts pose to most seniors:

  • Double vision starts to appear in one or both eyes.
  • As cataracts affect their vision, colors look different than they did before. Often they appear dull or faded.
  • Their distance vision is impacted which makes it hard to see street signs or anything far away.
  • A glare starts to appear around lamps, streetlights, and sunlight. Many seniors lose their ability to drive at night due to cataracts.

Helping Seniors Manage Their Cataracts

If you are an adult child or a caregiver to a senior living with cataracts, hope is not lost! There are treatment options available for cataracts patients.

Sometimes something as minimal as a stronger prescription can make a big difference. But if this doesn’t work, you might talk to your senior about laser cataract surgery.

Laser cataract surgery is a safe and incredibly effective procedure. During surgery, your doctor will remove the cloudy lens and replace it with a clear, artificial lens.

We know how intimidating the thought of surgery can be. But cataract surgery is an incredibly common procedure and Dr. Feinerman is a leader in cataract surgery.

For more information, contact our office in Newport Beach, CA to schedule a cataract consultation with Dr. Feinerman today!

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