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4 Warning Signs of Cataracts

March 14th, 2017

A cataract forms when the natural lens of the eye becomes cloudy. Cataracts are the most common type of vision loss in adults over the age of 40 and the most common cause of blindness in the world.

Many people miss the early symptoms of cataracts because they start out very small and have little effect on your vision. A cataract may make your vision seem cloudy like you are looking through a piece of glass. Listed below are the five biggest warning signs of cataracts:

Cloudy Vision

The first symptom most people notice is cloudy vision. Cataracts grow slowly so most people don’t notice the changes in their vision until the lens of your eyes become blurred.

Lens Discoloration

Many people with cataracts can see a noticeable discoloration in their eyes. Some patients will complain of a yellow or brownish tint to their eyes. When this becomes advanced it can impede normal activities, like being able to work or read.

Poor Night Vision

Many patients with cataracts are unable to drive at night because the glaring lights of oncoming cars make it too difficult for them to see.

Glares and Halos

Cataracts can lead to increased sensitivity to light so people with cataracts will often experience glares or halos from sunlight or lamps.

When cataracts symptoms first begin to appear you may be able to improve your vision by using new glasses or other visual aids. However, if your cataracts progress to the point where your vision is seriously impaired and your daily life is affected you may want to consider laser cataract surgery.

Laser cataract surgery is the most advanced option for cataract patients available today. And the benefits are enormous; it takes less than 15 minutes with a short recovery time. If you want to see if you could be a good candidate for laser cataract surgery, schedule an appointment today at our Newport Beach office!

Which Parts Of Laser Cataract Surgery Are Assisted By Lasers?

February 28th, 2017

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Laser cataract surgery is not as scary as it sounds. In fact, it’s only advanced further and further to become the routine procedure it is today. So much so that portions of the surgery that used to use lasers or ultrasound technology can be performed using lasers. But before we go into how lasers have added an extra layer of sophistication to this procedure, let’s talk about how cataract surgery is typically performed.

The Traditional Method

Cataracts are a buildup of protein on the eye’s lens. Since they can’t be broken up with eye drops or medication, surgical intervention is required to remove the lens and insert a new, artificial one.

Your ophthalmologist makes incisions in your cornea, the transparent topmost layer of the eye. Your doctor then injects a glue-like substance into the eye to help it maintain its shape during the surgery. Its thickness prevents the liquid from oozing out during the operation.

The lens is then separated from the lens capsule using a salt solution. Once this has happened, an ultrasound device breaks up the separated lens into small pieces before sucking it out of the eye. This process is known as phacoemulsification.

The new lens is then inserted through the incision where it is able to unfold within the eye.

The Laser Method

Laser cataract surgery has the same outcome as traditional laser cataract surgery. At present, there is not a big enough difference between the two methods to suggest that you are getting a lower quality of care with either, so this is a decision that should be made under advisement from your doctor. Both are safe and effective.

With laser cataract surgery, a laser is used to perform the steps that are usually performed by a blade. A femtosecond laser is used to make the corneal incision. Once the incision has been made, the laser also assists with breaking up the lens, meaning less energy is needed to remove the lens, reducing the amount of possible complications.

As mentioned, both methods are commonly used and have similar success rates. Ultimately, it comes an issue of personal preferences and medical situation. This makes a conversation with an ophthalmologist extremely important. Your ophthalmologist can provide the answers you need to determine how you can undergo laser cataract surgery as comfortably as possible.

Laser cataract surgery has experienced marvelous leaps in precision, patient success outcomes, and specialization over the decades. Barring complications, laser cataract surgery takes about 10 minutes per eye to perform.

Our team at Feinerman Vision Center has been consulting on and performing laser cataract surgery for individuals throughout the Newport Beach area for years. If you think your vision impairment may be due to cataracts, give us a call to book a comprehensive eye exam today. If cataracts do turn out to be the issue, you can speak with one of our laser cataract surgery specialists for a professional consultation and start your journey towards clear vision. Give us a call today!

Cataracts Can Lead to an Increased Risk of Falling

January 23rd, 2017

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The obvious effect of cataracts is impaired vision. Patients may not even notice that their difficulty seeing is due to cataracts until they go see their doctor for an eye exam. But once cataracts have been detected laser cataract surgery is needed to restore vision.

Unfortunately, impaired vision is not the only symptom of cataracts, although it is definitely the most well known. Studies have linked cataracts to an increased risk of depression in those who suffer from them, suggesting an interesting link between eye care and mental health care.

Another uncomfortable and potentially dangerous side effect of cataracts is dizziness and falling. Older individuals with cataract surgery often complain of feeling dizzy, and falls for senior citizens can be especially devastating. This potentially catastrophic possibility makes getting laser cataract surgery all the more important.

Laser Cataract Surgery Can Decrease Feelings of Dizziness, But Not Falling

Falls are the most common cause of traumatic brain injury (TBI), meaning an ophthalmologist’s care after performing laser cataract surgery on a patient is crucial for successful long term outcomes. Feedback from patients have shown that laser cataract surgery significantly reduces or eliminates feelings of dizziness in elderly patients. Unfortunately, there are not reduced rates of falling after laser cataract surgery as well.

A study in Ophthalmic and Physiological Optics observed the dizziness and fall rates of 287 patients. They were evaluated before getting cataract surgery and after getting cataract surgery. The number of patients who reported dizziness six months after the cataract surgery dropped from 52 percent to 38 percent.

Conversely, the rate of falls after cataract surgery only dropped by 3 percent, from 23 percent to 20 percent.

Scientists Have Pinpointed What May Be Causing the Lack of Reduction in Number of Falls

Researchers have found that the people who continue to suffer from falls are switched to multifocal lenses after cataract surgery. Multifocal lenses allow people to correct their near vision and distance vision with the same glasses instead of switching back and forth. But this can cause disorientation in wearers, and lead to an increased risk of falls in those who are already vulnerable to them. Doctors who notice a lot of unsteadiness in their patients after cataract surgery typically advise them to have two pairs of glasses – one for near vision and one for distance vision.

Ask Your Ophthalmologist About Laser Cataract Surgery

Cataracts can easily be removed with laser cataract surgery. Laser cataract surgery is an outpatient procedure meaning you can be in and out of your ophthalmologist’s office the same day. It’s a routine operation. Your ophthalmologist will make an incision in your cornea with a laser, use the laser to break up the ruined lens, remove it from your eye and then insert a brand new artificial intraocular lens.

Feeling uncertain? Stop by our Feinerman Vision office in Newport Beach, California to speak with one of our ophthalmologists. Pick up the phone and give us a call to book your laser cataract surgery consultation today.

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3 Good Reasons to Get Laser Cataract Surgery

November 14th, 2016

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Laser cataract surgery is the new big thing. While cataracts have been present in recorded history since the fifth century BC, the methods humans have used to deal with them have evolved over time. What was once a blunt procedure designed to go from totally blind to a little less than totally blind has now developed into an extremely precise procedure that uses advanced technology to completely clear an individual’s vision.

Cataract surgery exists in two main forms today: regular cataract surgery that uses phacoemulsification (ultrasound technology) to break up the ruined lens and laser cataract surgery that uses laser technology to break up the lens. Both are used by ophthalmologists today and both require the insertion of an artificial lens to replace the removed one. Cataracts are an uncomfortable and debilitating condition, and there are several good reasons to get laser cataract surgery. We here at Feinerman Vision are going to give you three good reasons for free.

It Allows You To Regain Your Comfort and Independence

Cataracts are caused by protein build up on your eye’s lens. Despite some products’ claims to the contrary, there are no FDA-approved cataract drops or medications that can somehow “dissolve” cataracts. Treating cataracts involves removing the affected lens. If nothing is done, cataracts can cloud the vision so much to the point where they cause virtual blindness.

Being unable to see is an unwelcome burden on your freedom and independence. When cataracts start to form, treatment is safe, effective, and straightforward.

Laser Cataract Surgery is Bladeless – No Sharp Objects Involved!

For some people a fear of blades near the eyes serves as the primary reason they are afraid to get a necessary eye surgery. The good news is that laser cataract surgery is a completely bladeless procedure. Instead of using a blade to make an incision in the eye, a femtosecond laser is used instead. That same laser is ultimately used to break up the cataract.

Laser cataract surgery is an attractive alternative for those who are completely opposed to the idea of any sharp objects near their eyes.

You Will Be In and Out of the Office in Less Time Than It Takes to Watch a Movie

Laser cataract surgery takes about 10 minutes. Throw in pre- and post-op procedures and the time it takes for the anesthesia to wear off and you are looking at about an hour tops. Having a highly trained and skilled Feinerman Vision ophthalmologist perform laser cataract surgery takes less time than watching a 90-minute romantic comedy. You will be in and out of our Newport Beach location (with brand new vision!) in no time.

Not having enough time should never be an excuse to get an important eye procedure done. Your vision should be one of your top priorities! But even if you do have a packed schedule, now you know that laser cataract surgery can be performed and recovered from in the blink of an eye (pun intended).

Feinerman Vision boasts a dedicated and qualified team of eye care professionals who have helped numerous Newport Beach residents regain clear vision. Book a consultation to have a Feinerman eye professional walk you through the process of laser cataract surgery. Stop by our Feinerman Vision office in Newport Beach today.

The 3 Different Types of Cataracts

October 27th, 2016

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The lens in your eye plays a very important role in clear vision. It focuses incoming light into the retina, allowing you to see clearly and also adjust your focus to account for both near and far vision. As you can expect, when this lens becomes compromised, so does a person’s vision.

Cataracts affect the lens. As we get older protein builds up and accumulates on the eye’s lens, clouding the lens and affecting our vision. It is not certain what causes this eventual buildup on the lens over time, but researchers have narrowed it down to a few possible causes that contribute to the formation of cataracts including ultraviolet radiation, hypertension, diabetes, and smoking among other things. At the moment the best possible solution is to go in for regular eye exams to detect cataracts early when they are easier to treat.

There are three main types of cataracts that people can develop.

A Subcapsular Cataract

This cataract develops at the back of the lens. It occurs beneath the lens capsule in a small sack – or more accurately, a membrane – that keeps the lens situated. They typically result in a halo or glare effect for those who come into contact with light and cause difficulties with reading. People with diabetes or extreme nearsightedness are especially at risk for developing this particular kind of cataract. Subcapsular cataracts develop rather quickly, so it is important to book an eye exam if you start to experience sudden difficulties reading or seeing halos near light.

A Nuclear Cataract

A nuclear cataract is perhaps the most common cataract developed by patients in old age. It is called a nuclear cataract because it forms in the central area, or nucleus, of the lens. The intense hardening that occurs as a result of a nuclear cataract compromises the lens’ ability to adjust and focus, making it difficult for those who suffer from a nuclear cataract to perform activities like reading. Nuclear cataracts develop much more slowly in comparison to subcapsular cataracts – a nuclear cataract can develop over the course of several years before it really starts to hinder a patient’s vision. This is a big reason why regular eye exams are especially important.

A Cortical Cataract

These cataracts start in the periphery of the lens (the lens cortex) and eventually move towards the center. As a result, fissures that look like the spokes of a wheel form in the eye. Instead of the light focusing, it becomes scattered by these “spokes” causing blurred vision and issues with depth perception among other problems. People with diabetes are at a higher risk of developing this kind of cataract.

Cataract surgery is one of the most straightforward eye surgeries that can be performed. Cataracts do not have to be a life sentence of discomfort and the sooner your doctor notices the development of cataracts, the sooner they can be addressed. Give us a call at Feinerman Vision and book an appointment with one of our eye care specialists at our Newport Beach location.

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