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Understanding Cataracts and Whether You May Need Surgery

A cataract is the clouding of the lens in the eye. This clouding may happen gradually over time and typically begins to create vision difficulties after the age of 60. Despite what many people think, you cannot improve vision that is obstructed with a severe cataract by wearing prescription eyeglasses. You may need cataract surgery if you start developing visual difficulties that interfere with normal daily life activities, such as driving, working, or reading.

At Saddleback Eye Medical Associates, we are a practice committed to providing exceptional patient care to Orange County, California patients. Through honest and sincere patient education, we will create the finest patient experience. Since 1979, our board-certified ophthalmologists have performed thousands of cataract surgeries and other ocular procedures.

Common Causes & Risk Factors of Cataracts

Most cataracts develop because of the natural aging of the lens. However, there are other factors that may contribute to the development of cataracts. Some risk factors that may increase the likelihood of developing a cataract include:

  • Genetic conditions, such as diabetes
  • Excessive exposure to sunlight
  • Smoking
  • Obesity
  • Direct trauma to the eye, such a getting hit in the eyes with a hard ball
  • Previous eye surgery
  • Prolonged use of corticosteroid medications
  • Vitamin deficiencies

Common Symptoms of Cataracts

Most patients may not realize the early onset of cataracts due to the mild display of symptoms. As such, it is important to follow up with a healthcare professional if you experience any of the following symptoms, which could indicate the onset of cataracts:

  • Blurry or hazy vision
  • Glare and halos when driving at night
  • Needing brighter light when reading
  • Fading of colors

Failing to properly and timely treat cataracts can start to impact daily life activities. Cataracts can also result in complete loss of vision, if left untreated.

Diagnosing and Treating Cataracts

We routinely check for cataracts during our eye examinations for patients. We will assess the grading of the cataract as well as the vision. Glasses sometimes can help correct vision affected by cataracts. Sunglasses with UV protection can help slow down the progression of cataracts. When these options no longer help, cataract surgery will be the only effective treatment.

Cataract Surgery

Each year approximately 14 million people have cataract surgery worldwide. In fact, it is one of the most performed surgical procedures in the United States. Cataract surgery is also one of the safest and most effective procedures performed today.

During your eye appointment, your physician will determine if cataracts are impairing your vision enough to recommend surgery. If you are a surgical candidate, our staff will then review the lens options that best suit your needs and lifestyle. We recommend that you come to your appointment with a trusted loved one to help you consider the different cataract surgery options.

Cataract surgery will replace your cataracts with an artificial or intraocular lens (IOL). Our facility offers advanced options of IOL’s to meet your individual lifestyle needs. We will go over each option with you in detail to provide you with sufficient information to make the most informed decision for your specific needs and lifestyle.

3 Categories of Artificial or Intraocular Lenses We Offer

We offer three categories of IOL’s, which we have determined to be the best options for our patients:

  1. Premium IOLs – PanOptix and Crystalens
  2. Toric (these lenses correct astigmatism)
  3. Regular or basic IOL

Call Us to Schedule an Appointment

If you are experiencing vision changes, contact us today to schedule a cataract consultation with one of our experienced Saddleback eye doctors. We pride ourselves in using the most advanced surgical technology and providing the highest standard of care for our patients.

Monica H.

I came to the Optical department and front office are very helpful. Art the optician was not available because he was busy with a patient but front desk asked me if to look for glasses and if I...

R K.

I have been a patient of Dr. Weiss for over 30 years. I have always received prompt, courteous and professional attention. Last December the cataracts in both eyes had progressed to the point...

Kyliee Y.

I have been coming to this office for quite some time. I have only had good experiences with them, definitely come here they are very fast and the doctors are kind to me. Again, you should...

Candace Crain

Have been going to this group for years. My mother and I have always received excellent care


Thank you very much for a wondeful consultation last month. The glasses that I bought are really great! I am confident now.

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