Dr. Brian is one of most trusted cataract surgeons in the Los Angeles area, thanks to his outstanding skills and the facility’s state-of-the-art technology. Not only can Dr. Brian fix patients’ vision that has become hazy due to cataracts, he can also use modern multifocal lenses to improve up-close visual acuity.
The Power of Multifocal Lenses
With cataract surgery, Dr. Brian removes the clouded natural lens of the eye and replaces it with an intraocular lens (IOL), a durable artificial lens that provides unobstructed vision. The lens won’t breakdown or degrade. Modern multifocal IOLs have a great reputation because they simultaneously accommodate multiple vision prescriptions in a single lens. This typically allows patients to see well at all distances: near, far and in between.
At Boxer Wachler Vision Institute, patients can receive PanOptix lenses, the latest and best offering from the trusted AcrySof brand based on his experience. PanOptix are the only trifocal IOL available in the United States. After having cataract surgery, many patients find that their vision is better than ever. Not only are they free of cataracts forever, but they typically can also read and drive without needing to wear glasses.
Candidate for Cataract Surgery: See the Following Questions
- Do you feel and look younger than your real age?
- Do you squint to read?
- Do you exercise and take care of yourself?
- Do you give away that you’re over 50 when you put on readers/bifocals?
- Does that bother you and make you mad at times?
- Do you feel like your body is getting older & you want to do something about it?
- Do you feel like your body is “slowly falling apart?”
If you answered “yes” to at least 2 of the above questions, you just might be a candidate for Cataract surgery.
The problem many women and men over 50 have is that their biological lens is no longer properly functioning – this occurs due to the natural aging process. That may be the reason you developed the need for readers/bifocals.
It likely wasn’t always this way. Think how things were 10 or 20 years ago. Life was probably good back then for your eyes. Readers/bifocals are now required to make up for the imperfections that have occurred in your biological lens.
Your biological lens is also the likely reason your glasses prescription keeps getting stronger and stronger over the years.
Aging doesn’t seem fair, that’s for sure. But you can possibly do something about your aging eyes.
How Cataract Surgery Works
Cataract surgery is the process of adding an internal lens implant to the eye designed to correct reading vision (and distance vision too if that needs to be fixed as well). It is performed with the goal of improving your natural vision towards the way you used to have…when you didn’t need those darn reading glasses or bifocals – results though may vary patient to patient.
Patients who have Cataract surgery typically cannot develop standard cataracts in the future since the biological lens has been replaced with a lens implant.
If you were driving with a warped windshield, you would probably fix it. Since people now know there is a possible solution for an imperfect biological lens, many are having it addressed too with advanced lens implants.
Cataract surgery uses tiny implants to for the biological deficiencies of the body. When you don’t need to pull out your glasses to read, you often look younger. PLUS you also have a significant life improvement.
Imagine how your life would be if you had Cataract surgery done 5 years ago?
You might be able to enjoy the freedom in vision for many, many years to come – pending your individual results. An added benefit is that it can prevent cataracts from developing in the future since the biological lens (the source of cataracts) is replaced with an implant lens – the same process used in cataract surgery.
Cataract surgery generally takes about 10 minutes or so per eye. Dr. Brian uses numbing drops so there’s typically no pain, but there can be a slight scatchy sensation, or “sand in the eye” feeling afterwards. Potential risks include inflammation, infection, and bleeding, among others. That is the reason Dr. Brian and every staff member here are highly “detail-oriented” in every step of the process for every patient. Usually you won’t feel the lens implants in the same way you don’t feel a dental filling for a cavity – it’s there, but you’ll typically not know it’s there.
Cataract Surgery Recovery
Afterwards, there’s usually no maintenance required at all. You can resume 100% of your normal daily activities within a few days to 2 weeks – even swimming, tennis, or sky diving if that’s what you’re in to. As a matter of fact, you’ll probably find yourself wanting to do more activities after the procedure.
Cataract Surgery Costs
Cataract surgery is an affordable procedure part of which is covered by health insurance, including Medicare. Check your individual plan to determine what benefits you are entitled to. Full costs can be discussed during a consultation with Dr. Brian and his staff. For patients who would prefer to make payments toward the full cost of cataract surgery, Boxer Wachler Vision Institute accepts financing options through Alpheon and other programs.
Benefits of Cataract Removal
|ADVANTAGES||POTENTIAL BENEFIT to PATIENT|
|Usually no-stitches||Back to your routine in 1 day normally|
|Micro-opening||Reduces risk of astigmatism|
|“multifocal lens implants”|
Internal location of multifocal implants =
reduced or eliminated need for External readers/bifocals
Because the lens technology is very advanced, many people are being more proactive and routinely treat early cataracts with Cataract surgery.
The reason for Cataract surgery is not to remove a clouded lens (cataract), but to replace the lens to improve distance and near vision.
Learn about the Cataract surgery procedure:
Cataract Surgery Reviews
“I felt nothing in the days after surgery. I had been reading that my eyes might feel dry and scratchy, but mine felt perfect, which must be testimony to Dr. Brian’s skill and accuracy. My vision is clear and crisp, and I tested 20/20 (and without astigmatism) for the first time since I was 12. To my surprise, a lot of follow-up care is included in the cost of surgery.” – MJ D.
“Dr. Brian is top notch! My entire experience was incredibly professional, informative, affirmative, and he did what he said he was going to do: get me to see! Having an IOL is lifechanging. I can read books and magazines and see my computer screen with no strain.” – PJ B.
Cataract Surgery FAQs
When should I visit a doctor for cataract surgery?
Most patients choose to have cataract surgery after their vision has become noticeably hazy due to cataracts. They can also cause glare and halos at night. Cataracts only get worse with time (they don’t get better), so there is no point in delaying treatment in the hope that your vision will eventually improve.
Can cataracts return after cataract surgery?
Fortunately, cataracts cannot form on an artificial lens. Once your eye has an IOL, cataracts will not return. Sometimes a film can develop in the bag that the IOL is in and if so, then a quick laser can be done to clear it.
Why are multifocal lenses better than other types of IOLs?
While all IOLs can remove the cloudiness associated with cataracts, multifocal lenses incorporate prescription lenses that typically allow you to see well without needing to be as reliant on eyeglasses or contact lenses.