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Los Angeles’s Leading Cataract Surgery Center
For patients seeking premier eye care in Los Angeles, look no further than the experts at Atlantis Eyecare. In addition to our leading specialists in every subfield related to eye care, our facility is state-of-the-art and fully accredited, with a perfect record of safe, successful treatment. At Atlantis, our patients receive effective vision corrective, cutting-edge LASIK, and among the best cataract surgery Los Angeles has available.
Shedding Light on Cataracts
You are likely here because you have noticed:
- Cloudy, fuzzy, foggy, or filmy vision
- Changes in the perception of colors
- Problems driving at night because headlights seem too bright
- Problems with glare from lamps or the sun
- Frequent changes in your eyeglass prescription
- Double vision
It’s not only your vision that is affected by a cataract, but also your ability to interact with the world around you.
A cataract is a result of a natural change to the lens inside of your eye. This change causes gradual clouding to the lens, making vision less sharp over time.
Left untreated, cataracts have the potential to cause complete loss of vision. Cataract surgery (removing the lens) is the only treatment for cataracts. The surgery is a safe and simple out-patient procedure that can change the way you see the world.
During cataract surgery your natural lens is removed and an intraocular lens (IOL) is put in its place.
The only permanent treatment is cataract surgery. Each year, more than 14 million people have the procedure worldwide and it is the most commonly performed surgical procedure in the United States. Cataract surgery is also one of the safest and most effective procedures performed today.
During your cataract evaluation appointment, your doctor will determine if cataracts are impairing your vision enough where cataract surgery is recommended. Our staff will also review lens options best suited for your needs and lifestyle. We recommend that you have a family member or friend present during your appointment to help you when considering your cataract surgery options.
We offer advanced options of IOL’s to meet your individual lifestyle needs.
Monofocal IOL: A single vision IOL that will restore good functional distance vision. There is a very high likelihood that glasses will be needed for near vision activities such as reading, applying makeup, shaving and using a computer. If you have a corneal astigmatism, you may still need glasses for distance as well as near. “Standard” or monofocal IOLs eliminate cataract problems and provide clear vision at a single distance.
Multifocal and Accommodating IOL’s: These lenses are designed to provide you with a full range of vision – near, intermediate and distance. The goal of these IOLs is to minimize your dependence on glasses for most activities.
Toric IOL: A toric IOL corrects existing corneal astigmatism. This lens is similar to a monofocal IOL, giving patients quality distance vision, but a need for glasses for near activities such as reading and computer work.
How to Choose?
So, how do you and your doctor decide which type of IOL is best suited for your needs? While the characteristics of your eyes certainly play a critical role in lens selection, it’s just as important to consider your lifestyle and the role vision plays in the activities you enjoy.
Here are a few important things to think about:
- How important is night vision to your lifestyle?
- Do you have astigmatism?
- What kind of cost and insurance considerations do you have?
- Would you like to have the least dependence on glasses after your surgery?
- What type of hobbies do you enjoy? Travel, sports, enjoying the outside?
Talk to your doctor, consider the options and select wisely – you have one chance to choose the IOL that will change the way you see the world!
Cataract Surgery FAQs
Is a cataract a film over my eyes?
A cataract is a clouding of the natural lens “inside” your eye. This clouding causes vision to be less sharp. People tend to feel the need to constantly clean their glasses. The only treatment for cataracts is to remove the cataract (your natural lens) and replace it with an artificial intraocular lens (IOL).
When is the best time to have a cataract removed?
In the past, doctors had patients wait until a cataract became fully opaque or “ripe” before removing it. Today, cataract surgery is a routine procedure that can be performed as soon as your vision interferes with the quality of your life.
What happens if cataracts go untreated?
Over time the clouded areas of your lens can become larger and denser, causing your sight to become worse. This could take anywhere from a few months to many years. Eventually, your entire lens can cloud over and cause blindness.
Can cataracts come back?
Once a cataract has been removed it cannot return. However, over time, patients may complain of symptoms similar to when their cataract developed. This common condition can be easily treated with a simple in-office laser procedure.
Do I need an intraocular lens (IOL)?
Your natural lens is partially responsible for providing your vision. When that lens is removed, the only way to restore that vision is to replace it with an IOL.
How much does an IOL cost?
A Monofocal IOL is covered by most insurance companies. However, Multifocal, Accommodating and Toric IOLs are considered elective, therefore there will be an additional cost if you were to choose one of these type of lenses. This cost is in addition to any co-payments or deductibles your insurance plan has for the procedure itself.
Appointment Check List:
- Bring a family member to join you for the visit.
- Fill out the enclosed forms.
- Bring current primary and any secondary insurance card(s).
- Bring referral from your insurance, if your insurance requires one.
- Bring a photo ID.
- Bring a list of current medications, including eye medications and vitamins. (If you have trouble reading the prescription labels, please bring actual medications and bottles with you).
- Bring all current eye glasses (even if they are broken).
- You will be DILATED. If you are unable to have a family member with you during your appointment, please arrange for someone to drive you home.
- Your Cataract Evaluation visit will be a 2-3 hour visit.
- Please arrive 15 minutes early for your appointment.
- Bring your calendar / planner to assist with scheduling of any possible future appointments.
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Cataracts affect over 20 million Americans, creating a significant need for a higher level of care. At Atlantis, we have some of the most experienced cataract surgeons in California, each with board certification in their field. Each surgeon remains abreast of every advancement made in cataract treatment, and many of them have actually contributed to this critical field. When it comes to your eyesight, there can be no compromise. Atlantis ensures your care is safe and effective, with a reputation for the best cataract surgery Los Angeles has to offer.
One cataracts are removed, it’s imperative that your doctor is well versed in ocular lens replacement. This technique, known as refractive lens exchange, ensures your eyesight is clear and bright following cataract surgery. At Atlantis, we not only deliver rapid, pain-free cataract surgery, we also significantly improve vision with our premium intraocular lens exchange, from our top eye surgeons in Los Angeles. We have a broad range of lenses to cater to any patient, and your eye care specialist will help you choose the perfect lens for you.
In the field of eye care, cataract surgery is generally covered by health insurance. Our insurance gurus work with each patient and their insurance provider to get the coverage they need. Regardless of whether we are listed as a preferred provider, we can often help get the most out of your plan. All we need is your insurance information, and we’ll take it from there.Learn More
Why Choose Atlantis Eyecare?
- Consolidated eye care facility with multiple disciplines of eye care doctors
- Each doctor is a leading specialist in his or her respective field
- Over 100,000 successful procedures delivered
- Cutting edge facility, capable of advanced treatment
- Warm, caring and compassionate care
- Convenient Los Angeles location, along with six other offices in Southern California
What Our Patients Say
I want to express to you how pleased I am with your care for me in the cataract surgery on my right eye. The results far exceed my expectations. My sight has been restored and that improves my enjoyment of my life. Thank you!
Thank you for doing cataract surgery as well as eyelid surgery. You have a great bedside manner that is so refreshing from all other medical people (doctors) that I have encountered. You were kind courteous and efficient.
Think I've died and gone to heaven each time I continue to reach for my glasses which went out with the garbage right away.
I wish to thank you most profoundly for your professional and sensitive treatment of my eye problems during 2-years of our association. My sight now is excellent. It is, thanks to you, the greatest gift I could possibly receive.