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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.

4 Important Facts About Cataracts and Laser Cataract Surgery

September 9th, 2016

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Laser cataract surgery has lent additional accuracy to cataract surgery. For such a straightforward procedure, laser cataract surgery has the power to significantly improve a person’s quality of life. Although they can cause significant impairment, cataracts are easy to treat. Ophthalmological surgical techniques have developed beautifully. Considering the relative ease with which cataract surgery can be performed, there are still many staggering facts about cataracts that bear repeating.

51% of the world’s cases of blindness are due to cataracts

Yes, you read that correctly. It is not a typo. Over half of blind people worldwide are blind due to cataracts. It’s mind-boggling considering the fact that cataracts are not difficult to remove. The problem is that many people in the world lack access to licensed eye care professionals or the money to get to these surgeons. The risk of developing cataracts grows with age, so as the world’s population keeps living longer and longer, the number of people who suffer from cataracts grows as well. Additionally, since women are more likely than men to develop cataracts (and women are less likely than men to gain access to the health care they need) more of the world’s women suffer from cataracts.

Lifestyle changes can delay the development of cataracts

There are no eye drops or medications that can “dissolve” or prevent the formation of cataracts. They are tied to aging, and the best way to treat them is to notice them early and remove them using laser cataract surgery. That being said, it is believed that certain lifestyle changes can delay the formation of cataracts. Wearing sunglasses with UVA and UVB protection in addition to not smoking while maintaining a healthy diet are suspected ways to delay the development of cataracts.

Nothing is being scraped away during cataract surgery

You should not think of cataracts as a substance to be scraped away. What has happened is your lens has developed a cloudy build-up. The solution is to remove the affected lens during a laser cataract surgery procedure. During thisLaser cataract surgery, your ophthalmologist will insert an intraocular lens (IOL) implant that will serve as a replacement. While every surgery involves risk, this is one of the most regularly performed surgeries in the United States and your ophthalmologist has likely performed cataract surgery many times.

Ultrasound technology is used to break up the lens

Phacoemulsification is used to remove the cloudy lens. Ultrasound technology is used to break up the lens before it is aspirated out. As cataract surgery methods have progressed, the incision needed to break up the lens and perform this step has become smaller and smaller. In laser cataract surgery, the laser reduces the amount of ultrasound energy needed to break down the lens.

Our dedicated professionals at Feinerman Eye are ready to sit down with you and discuss the benefits of laser cataract surgery. Cataracts are an unnecessary vision impairment. Drop by our Newport Beach location and speak to Dr. Feinerman about your laser cataract surgery consultation!


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