A cataract is a clouding of the eye's natural crystalline lens that prevents light from properly focusing on the retina, in turn leading to distorted vision. Although cataracts can be caused by a number of factors, including eye injuries and certain drugs, cataracts usually develop and progress as a result of the aging process. According to the latest statistics compiled by the American Academy of Ophthalmology, cataracts affect nearly 22 million Americans age 40 or older. By age 80, more than half of all Americans have cataracts, often in both eyes.
Individuals who suffer from cataracts may experience a wide range of symptoms, depending on the severity of the condition, including:
- Haloes and glare around lights
- Dull, faded or foggy vision
- A white spot in the center of the eye
- Frequent changes in eyeglasses prescription
The only permanent cure for cataracts is cataract surgery, during
which the eye's natural lens is removed and replaced with an
artificial implant called an intraocular lens implant (IOL).
Cataract Surgery in East Bay
Dr. Feiz performs the enhanced version of traditional cataract
surgery, sometimes called "no-stitch micro-incision cataract
surgery" or "phaco-cataract surgery." During the operation, a small, self-sealing incision is created on the surface of the eye under topical anesthesia. Next, a state-of-the-art ultrasonic probe is used to break up and suction the cataractous lens from the eye. Once this is accomplished, an IOL (lens implant) is carefully placed in the eye through the same tiny incision. The eye is then covered with a protective shield.
Cataract Surgery Results and Recovery
Cataract surgery is an outpatient procedure that requires a day or two of recovery. Vision may be blurred until the eyes have fully healed, which may take anywhere from six to eight weeks. During this time, East Bay cataract surgery patients are closely monitored by Dr. Feiz.
Cataract Surgery Candidacy
Most patients who have advanced cataracts in one or both eyes are good candidates for the procedure. Dr. Feiz carefully screens all of his East Bay cataract surgery patients, documenting their medical history and any pre-existing conditions that may affect their safety or the outcome of the surgery. Patients who suffer from additional eye disorders, such as keratoconus, macular degeneration and/or glaucoma may not experience the same level of vision improvement after cataract surgery.