Why an intraocular lens is necessary after cataract surgery near Aliso Viejo, CA

Many people experience cataracts as they age. To have a cataract means that the lens of the eye has become hard and cloudy. Though age seems to be an underlying factor in the development of cataracts, which cause glare, light sensitivity, and blurred vision, this problem may also stem from exposure to ultraviolet light, an eye injury, or use of certain medications, like steroids.

The concerning fact about cataracts is that, according to the World Health Organization, this condition remains the leading cause of blindness throughout the world. The good news is that many people can avoid this complication and restore clearer vision by having cataracts removed. Cataract removal surgery is the only way to address cataracts, which may progress over the course of several years. At the Orange County Eye Institute, we monitor patients’ condition while letting them choose when the time has come to remove cataracts and place the appropriate intraocular lens in a procedure near Aliso Viejo, CA.

In early cataract removal procedures, the clouded lens would be removed, but not replaced with an alternate. As a result, patients treated with this procedure were prescribed very thick glasses which enabled them to see clearly. The reason the lens must be replaced is because it is this part of the eye through which light is focused through the pupil and cornea and onto the retina. It is here, on the retina, where images from this light are relayed to the brain via the optic nerve. Clearly, when one part of this intricate system is dysfunctional, vision will not be as it should.

Patients of Dr. George Salib of the Orange County Eye Institute are guided through the cataract removal process at their own speed. Typically, there is no rush to remove cataracts. What is more important than speed is the consideration of each patient’s individual needs for vision correction. The development of the intraocular lens has paved the way for vision correction with a decreased dependency on corrective eyewear. However, it is important to carefully consider the pros and cons of the various choices in order to determine which replacement lens is most appropriate for the lifestyle the patient wants to lead.


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Intraocular lenses facilitate clear vision by directing light, and can also do so while accounting for a problem such as nearsightedness or farsightedness. When working with your experienced eye surgeon, you can gain the understanding you need to make the most confident decision about care.

For more information about the intraocular lenses used in cataract removal, schedule your consultation at (949) 441-5444 .


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