Laser Cataract Surgery
What is a Cataract?
A cataract is a clouding of the eye's natural lens, which lies behind
the iris and the pupil. The lens inside the eye, made mostly of water
and protein, works much like a camera lens, focusing light onto the retina
for clear vision and adjusting the eye's focus, letting us see things
clearly both up close and far away.
The protein in the lens is arranged in a precise way that keeps the lens
clear and lets light pass through it. But as we age, some of the protein
may clump together and start to cloud a small area of the lens. This is
a cataract, and over time, it may grow larger and cloud more of the lens,
making it harder to see.
When your cataracts have progressed enough to seriously impair your vision
and affect your daily life, it may be time to schedule a consult with
one of our surgeons. Many people consider poor vision an inevitable fact
of aging, but cataract surgery is a simple, relatively painless procedure
to regain vision.
CATALYS® Precision Laser System
Cataract surgery involves removing the cataract and replacing it with an
artificial lens. The surgeons at Surgery Center of the Pacific utilize
one of the most technologically advanced procedures available, the CATALYS®
Precision Laser System. Using this system, many key steps of the procedure
that used to be performed with handheld instruments can be completed with
the utmost precision using a laser. With the CATALYS® Laser, your
surgeon can provide:
- Customized treatment with advanced 3D imaging
- Laser precise treatment
- A gentle approach to surgery
Watch this short video to learn more about cataracts and the CATALYS®
Precision Laser System:
Click here for technical details of the CATALYS® Precision Laser System.
Am I a Suitable Candidate for Laser Cataract Surgery?
If you are a cataract patient, you may be a suitable candidate for laser
cataract surgery. You should not have laser cataract surgery if you have
certain pre-existing corneal problems or eye implants; or if you are younger
than 22 years of age. You must be able to lie flat on your back and motionless
during the procedure. You must be able to tolerate local or topical anesthesia.
Tell your doctor if you are taking any medications such as alpha blockers
(like Flomax® to treat an enlarged prostate) as these medications
may affect how the doctor does the cataract surgery. Your doctor will
discuss your candidacy in more detail during your cataract evaluation exam.
Schedule a Consultation
Contact one of the following physicians to schedule a consultation:
Dr. Gavin G. Bahadur, MD
1807 WIlshire Blvd #203
Santa Monica, CA 90403
Elander Eye Medical Group: Troy Elander, MD
242 26th St
Santa Monica, CA 90402
Brian Estwick, MD
4644 Lincoln Blvd #430
Marina Del Rey, CA 90292
E. Joseph Nadji, MD
1301 20th St, Suite 260
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Santa Monica Eye Medical Group: Sadiqa Stelzner, MD
1908 Santa Monica Blvd #3
Santa Monica, CA 90404