What is a cataract?
A cataract is a clouding of the eye's natural lens, which lies behind the iris and the pupil.
Cataracts are the most common cause of vision loss in people over age 40 and is the principal cause of blindness in the world. In fact, there are more cases of cataracts worldwide than there are of glaucoma,macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy combined, according to Prevent Blindness America (PBA).
Today, cataracts affect more than 22 million Americans age 40 and older. And as the U.S. population ages, more than 30 million Americans are expected to have cataracts by the year 2020, PBA says.
Types of cataracts include:
A sub-capsular cataract occurs at the back of the lens. People with diabetes or those taking high doses of steroid medications have a greater risk of developing a sub-capsular cataract.
A nuclear cataract forms deep in the central zone (nucleus) of the lens. Nuclear cataracts usually are associated with aging.
A cortical cataract is characterized by white, wedge-like opacities that start in the periphery of the lens and work their way to the center in a spoke-like fashion. This type of cataract occurs in the lens cortex, which is the part of the lens that surrounds the central nucleus.
Think about surgery when your cataracts have progressed enough to seriously impair your vision and affect your daily life. Many people consider poor vision an inevitable fact of aging, but cataract surgery is a simple, relatively painless procedure to regain vision.
Cataract surgery is very successful in restoring vision. In fact, it is the most frequently performed surgery in the United States, with more than 3 million Americans undergoing cataract surgery each year, according to PBA. Nine out of 10 people who have cataract surgery regain very good vision, somewhere between 20/20 and 20/40.
During surgery, the surgeon will remove your clouded lens and in most cases replace it with a clear, plastic intraocular lens (IOL).
New IOLs are being developed all the time to make the surgery less complicated for surgeons and the lenses more helpful to patients. Presbyopia-correcting IOLs potentially help you see at all distances, not just one.
KAMRA inlay is a leading-edge corneal procedure that provides a long-lasting solution for presbyopia, an age-related condition that results in the loss of flexibility in your eye’s lens. KAMRA inlay can improve your natural range of vision and eliminate blurry zones without compromising distance vision.
KAMRA inlay is a revolutionary outpatient procedure that takes less than 15 minutes to perform.
More than 20,000 patients in over 40 countries have experienced the life-changing benefits.
During the procedure, your surgeon will use a femtosecond laser to create a tiny flap within your cornea.
The KAMRA inlay is implanted in only one of your eyes, which allows you to see clearly both near & far.
You’ll be able to return to normal activities as early as the day after your procedure.
KAMRA inlay provides a natural range of vision and is a long-lasting solution. No more blurry zones!
The frustration of reading emails on your phone or having to squint when scanning food labels will be a thing of the past.
Custom LASIK Consultation
Mission Optometric Center is a laser vision (LASIK) consultation center. We will work with you to conduct a comprehensive eye exam and determine whether you are a good candidate for laser vision correction.
If you are interested in getting more information about LASIK, the doctors have the knowledge and resources to help you achieve that goal.
Mission Optometric is an affiliate for NVISION Laser Eye Centers and Coastal Vision Medical Group.
The Custom LASIK Approach: LASIK surgery procedures have evolved in recent years. Technology advancements allow surgeons to further customize the LASIK procedure to your individual eyes. FDA studies show that today’s custom LASIK procedure may produce better vision than is possible with contact lenses or glasses.
Clinical studies have shown that custom LASIK may improve not only what you see but also how well you see it. In the past, all vision was measured using a standard vision chart. If you could see the letters, the doctor would use that measurement for how well you could see. But now, with custom LASIK, doctors are able to focus on the quality as well as the quantity of your vision. Many patients who have had custom LASIK are reporting the ability to see clearer than ever before.
In clinical studies, custom LASIK has been able to provide patients with:
A greater chance of having 20/20 vision;
The potential for better vision than is possible with contacts or glasses;
Less incidence of glare and halos; and
Potentially better overall vision, even at night.
Mission Optometric Center
Comprehensive Eye Health Care
31401 Rancho Viejo Road Suite 103
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675