Lasik Surgery - Cataracts
San Francisco, Bay Area & San Jose, California
WIn a healthy eye, light passes through the cornea to the lens. Both structures focus it on the retina to give clear images. As you get older, the protein fibers in the lens clump together, causing clouding in the lens. Over time, the clouding expands and covers more and more of the lens, causing problems with distance vision and night vision. If they are not treated they will cause blindness.
Symptoms vary as the cataracts progress and may include:
- Blurred or dim vision
- Night vision issues
- Sensitivity to bright light
- The need for brighter light when reading
- Frequent changes in your prescription
- Fading or yellowing of colors
- Double vision in a single eye
Cataracts are opaque and disperse or block some of the incoming light, giving you blurry vision.
Three Types of Cataract
- Nuclear -- occurs in the center of the lens, gradually turning it yellow and impairing night vision.
- Cortical -- starts off as white streaks on the outer edge of the cortex (middle lens layer). They move towards the lens center of the lens, causing glare.
- Subcapsular -- forms near the back of the lens and prevents light from reaching the retina. It affects reading and bright light vision, and causes glare and halos at night.
Age is the most common risk factor. Approximately 50% of Americans have at least minimal lens clouding by the time they turn 65 and by age 75, 70% have full blown cataracts.
Other risk factors are:
- Previous eye injury
- Previous eye surgery
- Excessive exposure to sunlight
There is no way to remove cataracts from the lens. So the surgery removes the clouded lens and replaces it with an intraocular lens (IOL). Each eye is treated at a separate time. Recovery is short and you will probably be able to resume full activity the same day. It is a very safe and reliable procedure with a 95% success rate.
Find out how to go about Choosing a Cataract Eye Surgeon.
For more information, see Questions about Cataracts.
For more information, see Cataract Surgery After LASIK.
At Laser Eye Center of Silicon Valley, our staff is very experienced in treating cataracts. If you live in the San Francisco, Bay Area, Palo Alto, East Bay or San Jose, California areas, please contact us to learn more about cataract surgery.
Laser Eye Center of Silicon Valley
Better Sight at the Speed of Light
San Jose Clinical Office/Surgery Center
606 Saratoga Avenue
San Jose, CA 95129
Laser Eye Center of the East Bay
5790 Stoneridge Mall Road
Pleasanton, CA 94588