Cataract Surgery/Laser Cataract Surgery
Are you having trouble reading? Do you avoid driving at night? You may have a cataract. Dr. Daniel Chang offers a modern outpatient no-needle, no-stitch, no-patch cataract removal and lens implant procedure in a specialized outpatient eye surgery center. Modern "lifestyle" lens implant technology can now replace your naturally aging lenses with restoration of natural lens clarity and function. After surgery, many patients are able to drive and to read without the need for glasses.
Your eye has a lens that allows you to focus on distance and near objects. When you are young (and your eye is properly corrected for any refractive error), your lens is able to "autofocus" on distance and near objects.
As you get to your forties, your lens stiffens, and your ability to focus decreases. Most people wear reading glasses or bifocal (or trifocal) glasses to compensate for this loss of function, also know as presbyopia, or age-related focus dysfunction. As you age, your lens becomes dense, distorted, and hazy. The loss of clarity is known as a cataract. Because of its loss of clarity, a cataract scatters light.
The poor focusing of light, as well as the obscuring and scattering of light, results in blurred vision, double vision, loss of color & contrast, and night vision symptoms.
Cataract surgery is an outpatient procedure that can quickly and painlessly improve your vision, many times even better than you were before you developed the cataract! Thanks to advanced small-incision, no needle, no stitch, no patch cataract surgery techniques and Laser Cataract Surgery options as well as "lifestyle" intraocular lens implants (IOLs), like the ones described below, many patients need only reading glasses after cataract surgery, and some patients are able to go completely glasses-free after surgery.
Empire Eye and Laser Center is proud to be the first in the south Central Valley to offer Laser Cataract Surgery, the next generation in cataract surgery technology. For the first time, laser technology previously developed for LASIK vision correction is available to patients undergoing cataract surgery.
Learn more about the most advanced IOLs that can provide you both with distance and with near vision without glasses. If you would like to minimize your need for glasses after surgery, find out more about what presbyopic IOLs can do for you.
If you have astigmatism, you may consider correcting it with a toric IOL. This would reduce or eliminate your need to correct your astigmatism with glasses. With a toric IOL, you may wear glasses less than you did before surgery.
After removal of your cataract, an aspheric monofocal IOL can provide you with excellent vision. Separate glasses can be used to correct astigmatism or to provide good vision for reading.
For patients with combined cataract and open-angle glaucoma, iStent reduces introcular pressure (IOP) by improving aqueous humor outflow. iStent is placed in your eye during cataract surgery and is the first MIGS device that improves your eye’s natural fluid outflow to safely lower eye pressure.
If you are interested in any of our services, call us at 661-325-3937 to schedule an appointment.
Watch video of Dr. Daniel Chang performing Cataract Surgery at YouTube!
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