Cataracts

Cataracts are inevitable for the majority of older adults; but fortunately, cataract surgery can restore your clear vision in an amazingly short period of time. Many patients even see better after cataract surgery than they have in years, with the help of Advanced Intraocular Lenses. Pacific Eye Specialists offers many choices when it comes to cataract surgery, and we’re ready to help you make the right choice for your lifestyle and budget.

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Revolutionary Blade-Free Cataract Surgery

Pacific Eye Specialists is proud to offer our cataract patients laser-based  cataract surgery.  We use the revolutionary LenSx® Laser to perform several of the key steps of cataract surgery that were previously  performed using a hand-held blade for incisions and ultrasound waves to remove the cloudy lens (called phacoemulsification). read more

What Are Cataracts?

A cataract is a yellow or opaque area in the lens of the eye. Cataracts usually develop slowly and painlessly and vision is gradually affected, causing blurry vision and difficulty with glare in lighted conditions...read more

Causes of Cataracts

  • Aging
  • Trauma
  • Inflammation
  • Long-term steroid use
  • Diabetes

 

What Is Presbyopia?

Over time, the eye loses its ability to focus at near distances. This is called presbyopia and is a normal aging process. This occurs progressively over time between the ages of 40 and 65. Presbyopia develops because the eye's natural lens becomes less flexible.

Even people who have never had vision problems in the past can develop presbyopia...read more

How Does Cataract Surgery Work?

Our surgeons have performed over 25,000 cataract surgery procedures over the past 25 years.

Steps in Cataract Surgery

Modern cataract surgery is almost always performed on an outpatient basis at the Seton Outpatient Surgery Center, the Eye Surgery Center of San Francisco or the California Pacific Medical Center in Pacific Heights...read more

What Happens At My Consultation?

Cataract Surgery Information

The Cataract Consultation at Pacific Eye Specialists is designed to be an information-gathering process…both for our staff and for you. We want to determine whether cataracts are to blame for your vision problems and if they are severe enough to warrant removal. Sometimes it is more prudent to wait for a while to pursue cataract surgery, but some patients choose to improve their vision quality as soon as possible...read more

What Are High Tech Lenses?

Lens Implants to Fit Your Active Lifestyle

For most cataract patients, life without reading glasses or bifocals is something they experienced before age 45 and something they thought they’d never experience again. Today, advancements in cataract lens implant technology offer the possibility of a much wider range of natural vision...read more

What Happens the Day of My Surgery?

The Steps to the Start of Your New Vision

Many of our cataract patients didn’t realize how bad their vision had become until they experienced life with their new Intraocular Lenses (IOLs). Each patient will heal at a different rate; some patients will begin to have clear vision within hours after surgery while others may take a week or two for the full effects...read more

Cataract FAQ's

Common Questions About Cataracts

Do cataracts have to be removed immediately?

No. Many people live for years with cataracts without even knowing they have them. They typically are mild to start and don’t affect your vision too severely. If your eye doctor discovers a cataract, he/she may suggest that you wait to have it removed until it is negatively affecting your vision, your lifestyle or your daily activities...read more

Monovision

Monovisìon describes a Situation where one eye is slightly nearsighted (myopia) and one eye is corrected to provide good distance vision. For many people, the brain automatically adjusts to use the better eye for the appropriate visual task...read more