When symptoms of cataracts first appear, you may be able to improve your vision by using new glasses, brighter lighting and other visual aids. As the condition progresses it will become more and more difficult to see, and as anyone that has poor vision will confirm, your quality of life will decrease markedly. Dr. Christian has helped thousands of people improve their quality of life and delivers some of the best cataract treatment Los Angeles & Santa Monica have to offer.
Most people think poor vision is an inevitable fact of aging, but with cataract treatment performed by Dr. Christian, you can see well again.
“Dr. Christian is a miracle worker. I recently had cataract surgery and can't imagine anyone else having done it but him. My vision is now perfect and I don't need glasses or contacts for reading or anything else. I am so grateful to have had such a skilled surgeon and caring doctor do this surgery. Thank you Dr. Christian! He felt I would be a good candidate for the multi-focal lens and I am so grateful he suggested it. It's like being given a pair of new, young eyes, and I couldn't be happier with the result. Now no matter where I look, it is crystal clear.” B.T.
What is a cataract?
Your eye is made up of mostly water and protein. Due to age and other factors, this protein collects and “clumps” together on the eye’s lens and hardens into a mass. This mass is a cataract. The cataract obstructs light coming in which is why they cause poor vision.
Cataract treatment facts
Cataract surgery is the most performed surgery in the United States. Over 3 million Americans restore their sight every year with treatments that Dr. Christian capably performs. Ninety percent of them regain very good vision between 20/20 and 20/40.
Cataracts are corrected by a surgical procedure administered by an ophthalmologist. Dr. Christian is an ophthalmologist and a top cataract surgeon in Los Angeles and Santa Monica.
Dr. Christian will give you a comprehensive eye exam to diagnose the severity of your condition and determine the best procedure to restore your sight. You and he will discuss, in-depth, your medical history, risk factors and symptoms experienced thus far. He will perform specialized tests to determine your specific condition.
A visual acuity test. This test measures how well you see at various distances.
A dilated eye exam. Drops are placed in your eyes to dilate the pupils. Dr. Christian will use a special magnifying lens to examine your retina and optic nerve for signs of damage and other eye problems.
Tonometry. A highly accurate and advanced instrument called a Tonometer will measure the pressure inside the eye. Besides cataracts, eye pressure is vital in diagnosing a majority of eye conditions.
Dr. Christian will administer anesthesia to applicable eye. Most people remain awake during the surgery, but it is up to you if you would like general anesthesia. Dr. Christian will inform you of the pros and cons of each so you make the decision you are comfortable with.
There are two types of cataract surgery. The optimum choice is determined by your eye exam.
Phacoemulsification, or phaco. A small incision is made on the side of the cornea. Dr. Christian inserts a tiny probe into the eye. This device emits ultrasound waves that soften and break up the lens so that it can be removed by suction.
Extracapsular surgery. Dr. Christian makes a longer incision on the side of the cornea and removes the core of the lens that has the cataract on it. The rest of the lens is removed by suction.
Now that your natural lens is removed, an artificial intraocular lens (IOL) is implanted in its place. The IOL will become a permanent, working part of your eye.
After surgery and recovery
You may experience mild discomfort and itching after the surgery while your eye heals. Slight amounts of fluid discharge is common, but after one or two days, the moderate discomfort should disappear.
Dr. Christian will most likely suggest eye drops to aid in the healing process, and an eye shield or sunglasses are recommended to help protect your new eyes
In most cases, complete healing will occur in 8 weeks and you will see Dr. Christian again at certain intervals so he can check up on your progress and ensure you get the outcome you desire.
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