Cataracts are so common in America that by the time you reach age 80, you have a 50% chance of developing a cataract or having cataract surgery. At Eye Associates of Orange County in Mission Viejo, California, Dr. Omar Krad is an ophthalmologist with extensive experience in laser cataract surgery. If you have a cataract at any age, and you’re considering surgery, call the office to schedule a consultation or use the online booking system.
Cataracts are the clouding of the lens in your eye that makes your vision appear fuzzy. Some people describe their vision through cataracts as looking through a foggy window. Cataracts can make it harder to read, drive a car, or see the details of facial expressions.
Typically, cataracts develop over time, so you may not even notice them until they progress and affect your vision. Age, health conditions, or a previous eye injury can lead to a breakdown of tissue in your eye’s lens, causing the tissue clump together and making it difficult for light to pass through the lens so your retina produces a clear, crisp image.
In order to improve your vision, cataracts must be removed surgically. Traditionally, cataract surgery involves a small incision in the side of your cornea behind your pupil where your lens sits. Through the incision, ultrasound waves break up the cloudy area of your lens so they can be removed from your eye.
With the advances in laser technology, laser cataract surgery is often a more ideal, less invasive approach to removing cataracts and correcting vision. Dr. Krad has extensive experience performing laser cataract surgery and implanting an intraocular lens (IOL) into your eye to correct your vision with the assistance of a laser, rather than manually making an incision. Laser cataract surgery can even remove your cataract and correct astigmatism at the same time.
During laser cataract surgery, Dr. Krad uses a laser to make all the incisions in your eye. The laser also softens the cataract tissue so he can easily remove it from your cornea using a gentle ultrasound suction method. Once he removes the cataract tissue, Dr. Krad inserts your IOL, which remains permanently implanted in your eye to act as your new lens.
Dr. Krad can also use the laser to correct astigmatism and to accurately align your new IOL during the same procedure to remove your cataract. If you have astigmatism, you can get a special toric IOL that corrects astigmatism implanted into your eye. It’s like cataract surgery and laser vision correction all at the same time.
After laser cataract surgery, you may be able to see clearly almost immediately. For some people, it can take a week or two for optimal vision. Your eye heals completely from the procedure in about three months, and recovery is fairly easy with little downtime as long as you follow Dr. Krad’s instructions.
If you have cataracts and want to learn more about the advanced technology of laser cataract surgery, call the office to schedule a consultation. You can also use the convenient online booking tool to make an appointment.