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How Are Cataracts Treated? | American Eye Associates | San Diego, CA

How Are Cataracts Treated?

April 12, 2018


One of the most common eye problems among older men and women in America is cataracts. While there is no cure for cataracts, there is luckily a very effective treatment option. Cataract surgery is safe and regularly performed on people whose cataracts have caused significant loss of vision.

While cataract surgery is one of the safest and most routine eye surgeries available, you should still take care to have a thorough discussion with an experienced eye surgeon to learn the potential risks and benefits before committing to the procedure.


If you have cataracts and want to restore clear vision, call American Eye Associates today at (619) 378-3202 (Chula Vista) or (760) 412-5136 (El Centro) to schedule your consultation. We will be happy to answer your questions and let you know if you are a good candidate. We serve patients in greater San Diego, California.


What Is Cataract Surgery Like?

Cataract surgery is a quick, painless, and safe procedure performed on an outpatient basis. General anesthesia is not needed. During surgery, a tiny incision is made in the eye, through which the cloudy lens is extracted after being broken up by phacoemulsification. Your eye surgeon will then insert a new, artificial lens called an "intraocular lens" or IOL.

Cataract surgery is performed one eye at a time. After surgery, you will be provided with a shield to protect your healing eye. We will check up on you periodically to make sure that your eye is healing properly. Recovery time is usually short, often just a day or two of rest before you can resume your normal activities.


 What Is An Intraocular Lens (IOL)?

The intraocular lens is the artificial lens that will replace your natural, clouded lens. There are many different types of IOLS available, including premium IOLs that can correct vision problems such as nearsightedness as well as providing clear vision.

  • Benefits of premium IOLs include:
  • No need (or lesser need) for glasses following surgery
  • Ability to customize vision correction
  • Can help treat presbyopia


Regular monofocal IOLs eliminate vision clouding from cataracts, but cannot correct other vision problems. Patients who opt for monofocal IOLs often need to wear glasses after their cataract surgery for best vision.


Premium IOLs, on the other hand, utilize more sophisticated technology in order to correct for nearsightedness, farsightedness, presbyopia, or astigmatism. They can also be customized in order to give you the best vision possible after your cataract surgery.


Premium IOLs allow you to upgrade your vision beyond what was possible in the past, when monofocal IOLs were the only option. Most patients feel that premium IOLs are worth the investment, as their vision will be much better and they can enjoy many everyday activities without the hassle of glasses.


Schedule Your Cataract Treatment Consultation

If your vision has been deteriorating due to cataracts, it may be time to think about cataract surgery. Call American Eye Associates at (619) 378-3202 for our Chula Vista location, or (760) 412-5136 for El Centro. We are happy to serve patients throughout the greater San Diego area.

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