Cataracts are one of the most common vision problems to plague older adults. More than 24 million Americans age 40 or older develop cataracts, according to Prevent Blindness America. Although cataracts are common, they can be safely and effectively removed at Yaldo Eye Center, located in San Diego and serving the surrounding southern California areas. Our team is committed to restoring clear and crisp vision to our cataract patients and making their lives a little easier.
How Do I Know If I Have Cataracts?
If you develop cataracts, you may notice one or more of the following signs or symptoms:
- Dimmed, blurry or clouded vision
- Washed-out colors
- Double vision
- Trouble driving at night
- Trouble performing tasks that require precise detailing
- Difficulty reading or watching television
Experiencing one or more of these symptoms does not mean that you definitely have cataracts. Our San Diego cataract surgeons will examine your eyes and determine whether you do, in fact, have cataracts.
The Cataract Removal Procedure
Cataract removal is performed on an outpatient basis at our accredited surgical facility. The procedure usually takes about 30 minutes. In most cases, our cataract surgeons treat one eye first, and then treat the other eye a week later.
Prior to starting surgery, our San Diego cataract surgeon will administer a local anesthetic and eyedrops to dilate your pupil. The specific surgical techniques he uses will depend on the approach he’s chosen to employ (e.g., traditional vs. laser cataract surgery).
During traditional cataract removal, the surgeon will make a small incision in the front of your eye to access the cataractous lens. Through the incision, he will insert the ultrasound probe, which fragments the lens into small pieces. The cataract surgeon will remove the pieces of the lens using gentle suction. Then, he will place a folded-up intraocular lens (IOL) through the same incision and carefully position it to fill the lens capsule. When the surgeon is finished, he will close the incision with self-dissolving sutures.
During laser cataract surgery, the surgeon will use a femtosecond laser to make the initial incisions, soften the cataract-diseased lens and break it into small pieces.
We offer several types of intraocular lenses with different features. We have lenses to restore close, distance and intermediate vision, and reduce or eliminate the need for reading glasses. We also offer lenses to treat astigmatism. Learn more about your cataract options.
Recovering from Cataract Surgery
During your initial recovery from cataract removal, your vision may be blurry. You may experience some itching or mild discomfort, but try to avoid scratching or rubbing your eyes. These side effects will subside within a few days of surgery. You may be asked to wear a protective eye patch for several days.
Some of our cataract San Diego patients develop what is known as “secondary cataracts,” which appear after the original cataract removal procedure. A secondary cataract is a cloudy membrane that develops as cells build up around the original cataract surgery incision (which is made inside the lens capsule). Secondary cataracts occur in over 40 percent of cataract patients, and can cause cloudy, blurry vision.
To remove secondary cataracts, our surgeon uses a technique called a YAG laser capsulotomy. During this procedure, our surgeon directs quick pulses of cold laser energy at the eye to clear up the cloudy membrane. He is careful to avoid affecting the previously-implanted IOL. Learn more about secondary cataracts.
Contact Us Today
To contact our San Diego cataract removal surgeon, please call 1-800-398-3937 today!