Are you searching for a cataract surgeon in Los Angeles?
If your vision is getting cloudy, if you are losing your color perception or you are having trouble seeing at night, you may be in the early stages of developing cataracts. In order to correct your vision, the cataract has to be extracted from your eye during a surgical procedure.
When you select Dr. Rex Hamilton at the Santa Monica Eye Medical Group in Santa Monica, California for your cataract removal, you will enjoy all the benefits of the excellence and experience for which he is known for. Both a scientist and a physician, Dr. Rex Hamilton spent 15 years at the world-renowned UCLA Stein Eye Institute. During his tenure, Dr. Rex Hamilton performed thousands of surgeries and trained over 100 physicians from around the world on the art and science behind cataract removal and lens replacement. There is no better option in the Los Angeles area than Dr. Rex Hamilton.
We are happy to provide a consultation to determine the best and safest approach to cataract surgery for you. There are many items to consider prior to having cataract surgery including your choice of lens implant and whether laser cataract surgery is appropriate for your situation. The latest technology advanced lens implants, also called premium lens implants can break out into various categories and we will explain each implant and the potential benefit it could bring to your overall vision.
If you wish to learn more about what cataract surgery is, read on below the video for more information on the procedure. If you are interested in the advanced treatment options that Dr. Rex Hamilton offers, please click on “Premium Cataract Surgery” and “Management Options“. If you are interested in a free online test to see if you may or may not have cataracts, navigate to the IOL Self-Test.
What is Cataract Surgery?
A cataract is a clouding of the crystalline lens of the eye. Because it is not a film over the lens, it can’t be removed with a laser or eye drops. Surgery is the only way to treat cataracts and involves removing the cloudy lens and replacing it with a synthetic intraocular lens (or IOL for short). Fortunately, cataract surgery is one of the safest surgeries in medicine. Every year, three million Americans have cataract surgery and nearly all have excellent visual results. It is an outpatient procedure, meaning that you do not have to stay overnight in a hospital or clinic after your surgery. However, you will require two separate visits to the operating room as cataract surgery is generally done one eye at a time.
Before Your Cataract Surgery
Prior to your operation, you’ll have an extensive pre-operative examination done to gather the optical information and medical history necessary for you to have a successful surgery. You’ll also have an in-depth discussion with Dr. Rex Hamilton about your treatment options and any concerns or worries you may have about the operation. Once you’ve made the choice to have surgery, a surgical coordinator will walk you through the logistics and answer any remaining questions you may have.
Before the surgery begins, your pupils will be dilated and antibiotic and anesthetic eye drops will be administered. The eye will be propped open with a device called a lid speculum. An incision will be made at the edge of the cornea where it meets the sclera (the white exterior of the eye). Through this incision, a jelly-like substance called viscoelastic will be injected to stabilize the eye during the duration of the procedure. Next, another incision will be made to provide access to the capsular bag, which is where the cataract resides. In a process called capsulorhexis, the bag will be opened up either manually or with the use of a laser. Once opened, a device called a phacoemulsifier is used to break up the cataract using ultrasonic waves. The pieces are then vacuumed up. Once the surgeon has polished the bag and added more viscoelastic, an applicator is then used to place a new, artificial intraocular lens in the eye. The surgeon will orient the lens into a specific position to maximize your vision and then vacuum the viscoelastic out of the eye.
Not all operations are the same. Many patients opt to have their incisions done via a femtosecond laser instead of a blade. Others decide to have premium intraocular lenses, such as an extended depth of focus inserted in their eye instead of a standard fixed-focus lens. These enhancements to the operation can provide the patient with a substantial improvement in the quality of their vision after surgery.
After Your Cataract Surgery
Recovery from cataract surgery is generally very quick. Most patients obtain better vision within the first 24 hours of the procedure. Itching and mild discomfort are normal after cataract surgery. Some fluid discharge is common and your eye may be sensitive to light and touch. After one or two days, any moderate discomfort should disappear. Complete visual recovery varies from patient to patient, but most patients return to their everyday activities within a couple of days. If you have cataracts in both eyes, the second procedure will most likely be scheduled within a week or two of the first. After both surgeries have been completed, periodic exams will be scheduled to check on your progress. Each person heals differently so it is important to discuss how you are feeling after your cataract surgery with Dr. Hamilton.