A cataract is an eye condition that is caused by a cloudy lens. Typically this lens is clear, allowing you to see easily, but when you have a cataract, it’s like looking through a foggy window.
The most common symptom of a cataract is blurry vision. Other symptoms include seeing halos around lights, problems seeing at night, fading colors, and double vision in one eye. If you are experiencing double vision, glare, or vision loss due to cataracts, it is time to see your ophthalmologist for treatment.
Eye surgery for cataracts is the most common treatment for this condition. Here at Omni Eye Care, Dr. Lapsi specializes in providing two of the most common surgical treatments for cataracts. These include phacoemulsification or “phaco” and extracapsular cataract extraction.
Phaco is the most common treatment method, which uses ultrasound waves to break apart the cataract the subsequently removed via aspiration. Extracapsular cataract extraction is used to treat more advanced cataracts. It involves removing the cataract and lens, after which the lens is replaced by an artificial lens implant. These eye surgeries provide vision improvement rapidly in the first couple days after surgery, while the full healing takes about a month after the procedure.
If you suffer from cataracts, you want to get the best cataract treatment. Dr. Lapsi is an expert ophthalmologist trained in treating cataracts in the San Gabriel Valley. She has worked with some of the most renowned eye surgeons around the world, providing her with highly valuable experience.
By going to see Dr. Lapsi, you also benefit from her personalized care. Guided by her mission to provide patient-centric service, Dr. Lapsi will ensure your comfort and overall care is her top priority.
Lens implants, also known as intraocular lenses (IOLs) are the lenses that are used to replace your cloudy natural lens following cataract surgery. Monofocal lenses provide clear vision at one distance only, meaning patients must wear glasses to achieve the full range of vision. Multifocal premium lenses are FDA-approved and indicated for patients electing to correct near, intermediate, and distance vision after cataract surgery, giving increased independence from glasses.
These lenses today are personalized to your lifestyle, whether you are an avid reader, a computer and smartphone user, or looking for your golf ball on the fairway. These premium lenses require a full ophthalmic examination checking for astigmatism along the health of the retina. Dr. Lapsi will discuss these lenses in detail with you, going over the different options available along with alternatives.
When it comes to lens selection, each eye will be evaluated separately and together to ensure the lenses you receive are the best for your needs. Surgery is performed in one eye at a time usually 4-6 weeks apart.