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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!

4 Ways You Can Lower Your Risk of Developing Cataracts

September 14th, 2017

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Living with cataracts can drastically alter your life. Tasks that used to be easy, like reading a book or heading to the store suddenly become tedious and difficult. Plus the stress of dealing with a vision problem can be hard to process.

Unfortunately, the reality of cataracts is not going away anytime soon. Half of all Americans between the ages of 75 and 85 have experienced vision loss due to cataracts.

There is no way you completely prevent cataracts but there are steps you can take to minimize your risk. Here are four ways you can lower your risk of developing cataracts:

 

  • Eat a balanced diet

 

Certain nutrients have been shown to promote good eye health. Simply by maintaining a balanced diet and eating “clean and green” you will lower your risk for cataracts. A healthy lifestyle pays off — not only will this keep your eyes healthy but it will keep your body healthy as well.

 

  • Protect your eyes from the sun

 

Fresh air is good for you but the sun’s UV rays are not. You probably wouldn’t spend an afternoon outdoors without applying sunblock first. Next time, throw on a hat and sunglasses as well. You eyes will thank you for it!

 

  • Don’t smoke or abuse alcohol

 

The negative effects of cigarettes and alcohol abuse are well-documented. But it’s not just your liver and lungs that are at risk — your eyes can be damaged as well. People who smoke and abuse alcohol are much more likely to develop cataracts.

 

  • Keep up with your yearly eye exams

 

Okay, we can’t keep you from developing cataracts. But we can help you catch it early and advise you on how to manage them. Yearly eye exams are the best way to take care of your health and catch common eye diseases before they cause permanent vision loss.

Do you want to learn more about how to prevent or manage your cataracts? Or has it just been way too long since you’ve had your comprehensive eye exam? No worries, just contact us to schedule your appointment with Dr. Feinerman today.

The Top Innovations Available in Cataract Technology

August 21st, 2017

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Cataracts are a natural part of aging and will affect most people at some point in their lives. A cataract forms when the lens becomes cloudy and your vision is impacted. By age 80, more than half of all Americans will be diagnosed with cataracts.

And cataract surgery is one of the most common surgeries performed by eye surgeons. It is a fairly safe procedure and technological advances in cataract surgery continue to improve patient outcomes.

Let’s look at a couple of the newest innovations available in cataract surgery.

The Femtosecond laser

In traditional cataract surgery, the surgeon would perform the incision using a blade. Thanks to blade-free technology, surgeons can now use a laser to make the incision which greatly improves recovery time and reduces the risk of complications.

The Femtosecond laser improves the surgeon’s precision and control during cataract surgery. It also gives patients a more accurate outcome and takes less than 15 minutes to complete.

Multifocal intraocular lens implants (IOLs)

With previous cataract technology, patients only had the option of a standard lens that would correct distance vision alone. For farsightedness, patients had to rely on reading glasses. As a result, patients were often unhappy with the results of their cataract surgery.

In recent years, the FDA has approved advanced technology IOLs for cataracts patients. These new and improved IOLs allow patients to have improved vision at multiple distances after surgery. Now, patients will have improved vision at a distance and up close.

Conclusion

These recent innovations in cataract technology can improve the quality of your vision, minimize your healing time prior to surgery, and offer you a better quality of life.

When you are looking for a cataract surgeon, there are many things you should consider. One of the things you should consider is whether that surgeon will be able to offer you the most current technology available in cataract surgery.

Dr. Feinerman is a leader in laser cataract surgery. He was the first surgeon in Orange County to perform Crystalens cataract surgery. Schedule your appointment with Dr. Feinerman today.

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