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Cataract Surgery     
How Surgery Works... Surgeons gently remove the cloudy lens of the eye and replace it with an artificial lens implant to restore clear bright vision. The procedure is performed under a powerful microscope and involves two parts: First the eye s cloudy lens is removed. Second an artificial lens is inserted to replace the eye s focusing power. How Surgery Works... After the tissue around the eye is fully numbed the surgeon makes a very small opening at the edge o...Read More
Cataract Surgery in Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia: Helping Patients and Caregivers    
Probably the most feared condition associated with aging is Alzheimer’s Disease or other dementias. This is understandable, because while research is moving forward, there is no straightforward treatment that always works to slow or stop its progression. Patients fear the loss of their independence, their memories and, to a large extent, their personalities. Dementia can also cause a crisis in the family of the affected person because of the decisions that must be made in relat...Read More
Cataract Surgery: How it Works and Frequently Asked Questions    
"Current wisdom" among eyecare practitioners is that we will all get cataracts if we live long enough. In fact, cataracts begin to form even in childhood, but usually don t require any treatment or attention until much later in life. In most people, cataracts don t become an issue until their 50s or 60s or later, although it is possible to delay their development to some extent. Technically, a  cataract  is defined as anything that interferes with the transparence or clarity of l...Read More
Cataracts - General Description     
A cataract occurs when there is progressive clouding of the normally clear lens within the eye. This results in impaired or dimmed vision. The exact cause of cataracts is unknown. However, researchers believe that a chemical change in the eye causes proteins to form opacities or clumps that cloud the lens. As the opacity grows it inhibits the passage of light distorting vision. Since the clouding of the lens is gradual cataracts affect people over 55 years old. It is one of the most common c...Read More
Cataracts and Eggs (Analogy)    
Picture this: You are in your kitchen making breakfast. You smack an egg on the outer edge of a frying pan gently prying open its cracked shell spewing its raw contents into the awaiting heated pan. Visualize the egg white. It s nearly transparent at this uncooked stage. But as it begins to heat up it starts losing its see-through transparency getting cloudier as it cooks finally reaching the point of being completely opaque white. Okay now shift to the human body. Unless you ve already had ...Read More
Cataracts: No Need to Dim Your View of Life    
In normal human ocular anatomy,  the crystalline lens  sits behind the  iris  (the colored part of the eye). It is normally transparent to allow light to pass through it to reach the nerve cells of the  retina  (the light-sensitive nerve fiber layer lining the back of the eye). (In this article, the word "lens" refers to the crystalline lens inside the eye, not to any contact lens or eyeglasses.) Above, a diagram shows a cataract, loca...Read More
Femtosecond Lasers in Cataract Surgery    
An Exciting New Use of Advanced Technology Modern surgical techniques have completely transformed cataract removal procedures into one of the safest and most predictable of all. Recently,  femtosecond lasers  that were introduced into refractive surgery techniques like LASIK are being tested by eye surgeons for use in cataract removal. Femtosecond lasers are extremely short, powerful bursts of light that are used in LASIK procedures. Their use in ...Read More
Hispanic Descent and Serious Eye Disease    
People of Hispanic descent have higher risk for serious eye disease, according to a study at the University of Southern California’s Keck School of Medicine, published recently, and the Los Angeles Latino Eye Study (LALES), funded by the US National Eye Institute (NEI). Serious eye disease, including glaucoma and cataracts, can cause of visual impairment but complications from diabetes and high blood pressure were also found to be significant factors for vision loss. In additio...Read More
Intra-Ocular Lens Implants Options (IOL's)    
The word cataract is derived from a Greek word meaning "waterfall" (looking through falling water). A cataract is a clouding of the naturally clear lens inside the eye. Cataracts are most commonly caused by cumulative ultraviolet exposure and by chemical changes within the lens of the eye which is thought to be part of the natural aging process. Cataracts may also result from genetic predisposition, alcohol consumption, smoking, trauma, systemic diseases, or prolonged use of certain medications...Read More
Leafy Green Vegetables Help Prevent Cataracts     
Lutein and zeaxanthin were nearly 10 times more powerful than vitamin E in protecting the cells from UV-induced damage. A new study from Ohio State University provides the first laboratory evidence that certain antioxidants found in dark leafy green vegetables can indeed help prevent cataracts. Vitamin manufacturers often add the antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin to their products but until now there has been no biochemical evidence to support the claim that these substances help protect the e...Read More
Premium IOL's    
CATARACT & PREMIUM IOL s A cataract is a clouding of the naturally clear lens inside the eye causing a gradual decrease in vision over time. Nearly half of the population over 65 will have some degree of progressive cataract formation in their lifetime. When vision is affected such that it impedes daily activities, vision can only be restored by surgical removal of the cataract. The goal of cataract surgery is to restore optimum vision with less dependence on eyeglasses. During catarac...Read More
Why Should You Consider Laser Cataract Surgery vs Traditional Cataract Surgery    
Laser Cataract Surgery offers a number of unique advantages over traditional cataract surgery. More precise incisions that enhance post-operative healing. In cataract surgery, like most types of surgery, the secret to better outcomes and greater reproducibility is precision. The laser can create the necessary incisions in the cornea with extreme precision. The incisions created by the laser have a unique architecture and a more precise width which allows the incisio...Read More