A cataract is a cloudy area in the lens of the eye. A normal lens is clear. It lets light pass to the back of the eye. A cataract blocks some of the light.
EYE WITH CATARACT
As a cataract develops, it becomes harder for a person to see. Cataracts are a normal part of aging. About half of Americans ages 65 to 74 have cataracts. About 70 percent of those age 75 and over have this condition.
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Most people with cataracts have a cataract in both eyes. However, one eye may be worse than the other because each cataract develops at a different rate. Some people with cataract don’t even know it. Their cataract may be small, or the changes in their vision may not bother them very much. Other people who have cataracts cannot see well enough to do the things they need or want to do.
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When the lens of the eye turns cloudy enough to impair vision, it is considered a cataract. Cataracts are the main cause of blindness worldwide. Four out of ten persons over 60 years old develop cataracts. Treatment consists of a safe and simple surgical procedure.
A regular eye exam at one of our offices in Los Angeles is all that is needed to find a cataract. Your eye doctor will ask you to read a letter chart to see how sharp your sight is. You probably will get eye drops to enlarge your pupils (the round black centers of your eyes). This helps the doctor to see the inside of your eyes. The doctor will use a bright light to see whether your lenses are clear and to check for other problems in the back of your eyes.
Other eye tests may also be used occasionally to show how poorly you see with a cataract or how well you might see after surgery:
There are different kinds of cataracts; the most common of which are senile cataracts. These develop in people over 50 years of age. The lens loses its transparency due to damage to its fibers with time. This is because lens fibers are not replaced throughout life but instead new layers are added continuously. Ultraviolet light (sunlight), free radicals and oxidizing agents have been connected to age related cataract formation.
With new technology, non-cataract patients have been able to achieve improved vision using techniques and implants based on cataract surgery techniques.
The Crystalens Accommodating Lens can help cataract patients, or farsighted patients, restore vision and allow them to change focus without vision impairment.
With Refractive Lens Exchange, Dr. Khanna can prevent the need for future cataract surgery while correcting high degrees of nearsightedness and farsightedness.
With Presbyopic Lens Exchange, Dr. Khanna can also prevent the need for future cataract surgery while correcting presbyopia.
Phakic IOLs are implantable contact lenses that are placed into the eye to correct vision in severe near or farsightedness, or presbyopic patients.
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If you experience blurred vision, light sensitivity, double vision in one eye, poor night vision, color distortion, or glaring, you may have a cataract. Contact the Khanna Eye Institute at one of our offices in the Los Angeles area to remove your cataracts before they become a problem.
I had Cataract surgery performed on both eyes by Dr. Khanna. Like all patients, initially I was apprehensive and had to muster all of my courage to undergo these surgeries. Perhaps the possibility of losing my drivers license finally was the “Kick in the Pants” that I needed.
There was a very busy team of experts attending to me in a quiet efficient manner. Never before did so many fine people attend to me. During the whole procedure I didn’t feel any pain. I was relaxed and the expertise of those around me was obvious, even with my eyes not in use. Immediately after the surgery I could see miraculously well, even though prior to the surgery I was almost blind. Again, there was no pain or irritation in my eyes whatsoever.
I feel that Dr. Khanna’s expert surgery and implantation of lenses into my eyes have made me one of the best drivers in Los Angeles. Even my wife appreciates my full confidence in my driving and in my everyday life’s tremendous, miraculous change to the best. Dr. Khanna and his fantastic staff, whom I fully recommend to one and all, make me proud to be an American.
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I wish to express my thanks and gratitude to you and your staff for the professional attitude and service. I feel great and see with my eye that had the cataract. It was an exceptional change for the better.
I have been to many eye doctors in my lifetime, but I have found you to be the best. Thank you and keep up the good work.
Don’t let cataracts hinder your Los Angeles, California lifestyle. Call or email the Beverly Hills cataract experts at Khanna Institute of LASIK today for your cataract screening.