“I am Constantly amazed at the clarity and vividness of colors now.”– Jane L. – Advanced lens & Laser Cataract Surgery Patient
Clear vision, restored.
Cataracts, clouding of the natural lens of the eye, are the leading cause of vision loss in adults age 55 and older, and the leading cause of blindness worldwide, according to the National Institutes of Health. Top Los Angeles Cataract Surgeons, Dr. Robert Maloney and Dr. Neda Shamie are leaders in researching and developing advanced treatment for cataracts at all stages and of every type.
If you are considering Cataract Removal Surgery to correct your vision, don’t you owe it to yourself to find the best cataract surgeons Los Angeles & Beverly Hills have to offer?
Top Cataract Surgeon, Dr. Robert Maloney, founder of Los Angeles’ Maloney-Shamie Vision Institute, has been performing cataract removal surgeries since he began his specialized surgery practice more than 25 years ago. As a leading researcher in the field, Dr. Maloney and The Maloney-Shamie Vision Institute are able to offer you a wide range of state-of-the-art cataract surgery options, including solutions that are tomorrow’s standards rather than yesterday’s.
Because of the experience and expertise of our doctors, you can be sure that your treatment plan from either Dr. Maloney or Dr. Shamie will be specifically designed for you, based on your unique eyes and needs.
Clear vision, unaffected by cataracts.
Simulation of vision with cataracts: blurred, yellowish, worse at night.
Frequently Asked Cataract Surgery Questions
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- What is Cataract Surgery
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- What is the Standard Lens?
- What can I expect the day of my cataract surgery?
- Cataract Surgery - How soon can I get reading glasses after surgery
- Cataract Surgery - What if I don't want to wear glasses
- Cataract Surgery - What is an Advanced Lens
What are Cataracts?
The lens in your eye is normally crystal clear, but when it becomes opaque, we call it a 'cataract'. A cataract is NOT a film or growth that occurs in the eye, it is simply a cloudy lens.
In a normal eye, light passes through the clear lens and focuses on the retina.
A clouded lens or cataract causes the light to scatter across the retina.
As the opacity worsens, it prevents light from properly focusing on the retina, the light sensitive tissue lining the back of the eye.
Early lens changes or opacities may not disturb vision significantly. But as the lens continues to change, your vision becomes blurred and you may begin to notice glare, haziness, and difficulty seeing street signs or reading, for example.
What are the symptoms of cataracts?
- Blurry or hazy vision, or dim vision that requires brighter lights in order to read small print
- Increased glare and sensitivity to light, especially in bright sunlight or while driving at night
- A yellowing of the vision
- Distortion, double images, or ghosting of the vision
- Increased nearsightedness, requiring frequent changes in your glasses prescription
How are cataracts diagnosed and treated?
You'll need to have a thorough examination of your eyes, including dilation and an attempt at a new glasses prescription.
At first, a change in your eyeglass prescription may be all that is needed to temporarily improve your vision. When you feel that your vision affects your daily activities or your lifestyle and you desire better vision, cataract surgery in Los Angeles should be considered.
Cataracts can only be removed with surgery.
When do you need cataract surgery? The decision is yours.
There is no single objective test to determine the need for cataract surgery. The final decision to have cataract surgery is always made by the patient, and it depends on how much the decreased vision from the cataract is bothersome.
Los Angeles Cataract Surgeons, Dr. Maloney and Dr. Shamie will always explain your status and options to you clearly and let you make your own decision about when to have cataract surgery.
If you are considering cataract removal surgery, here are some factors that you should think about:
Doing cataract surgery at an earlier stage makes for a quicker recovery and a technically easier surgery. Waiting until the vision is very poor can often make the surgery and the recovery more involved.
The California Department of Motor Vehicles requires that drivers have 20/40 vision (with or without glasses) in their better eye to qualify for a license. Some patients choose to wait until their vision is approximately at this 20/40 level. However, many active patients who still work, drive, and use computers have higher demands for their vision. These patients tend to choose surgery at an earlier stage.
Some patients choose to have cataract surgery even before they develop vision-blocking cataracts. For these patients, who are typically in their 50s, refractive lens surgery is performed in order to eliminate or reduce the need for glasses and to regain their near vision. With their astigmatism managed and a multi-focal lens implanted, the vast majority (92% in the official FDA study) of these patients see well at distance, intermediate, and near, and they never or just occasionally use glasses. The remaining 8% also saw quite well, but they used glasses more than just occasionally.
The bottom line is: If you're happy with your vision and it doesn't cause difficulties with reading, computer use, driving, working, or your active lifestyle, then you should postpone the surgery. If you want and need better vision for your activities right now, and would like to see more clearly, then schedule your surgery with some of the best cataract surgeons in Los Angeles, Dr. Robert Maloney and Dr. Neda Shamie.
They are your eyes, and you decide what's best.
With your new implanted lens, you can now choose your vision correction.
There are many options for replacement lenses, and our Vision Correction Specialist will help you choose the one that best suits your needs, with the goal of providing you with the best cataract surgery Los Angeles has available.
Standard Lens Implants
These have a single focal point. They optimize vision for one distance, such as looking at distance objects. These implants offer excellent vision but usually require glasses for many daily activities, such as driving, computer work, reading and near vision tasks. The cost of these lenses is covered by most insurance and Medicare. Standard lenses do not correct astigmatism.
Advanced Lens implants
Advanced lens implants provide a wider range of clear vision without glasses than standard lenses. They significantly reduce your dependency on glasses for most activities, such as computer work, watching TV, and driving. There are four types of advanced lens implants: the accommodating lens, the multifocal lens, the extended range lens and the toric lens. Clear vision for many activities, both up close and far away, can be achieved with these lenses.
Types of Advanced Lenses
Advanced Accommodating lens (Crystalens)
As we change our focus from distance to near, the natural human lens moves within the eye. That is why young people can see very fine print without glasses. This ability is lost with age. The Crystalens is designed to flex in response to your natural focusing muscles inside the eye, allowing it to provide clear vision from far away to about your fingertips. However, most patients still require glasses for near activities, such as reading a book. Learn more about Accommodating lenses.
Advanced MULTI-FOCAL LENS
The multifocal lens is similar to bifocal or trifocal glasses, and can provide a very wide range of vision. You will generally have the ability to see far away and read without glasses. More than 90% of patients with these lens implants use glasses never or only occasionally. Multifocal lenses are best for motivated patients who have a strong enough desire to be spectacle-free to tolerate some blurriness of distance vision. Learn more about Multi-focal lenses.
Advanced Extended range LENS
The extended range lens falls in between the Crystalens and multifocal lenses. The extended range lens offers very crisp distance vision - better than multifocal lenses. It also offers excellent intermediate vision - better than the Crystalens. This lens allows you to read your cell phone or a menu at arm’s length. You may have some halos around lights at night, although these are generally not bothersome. The extended range lens is best for patients who want excellent, crisp distance vision and the ability to read at arm’s length without glasses. Learn more about Extended Range Lenses.
Advanced TORIC LENS
The toric lens implant is designed to correct larger amounts of astigmatism. The other lenses do not provide good vision in patients with high astigmatism. The toric lens offers excellent distance or close vision (but not both) in patients with high astigmatism. Learn more about Toric lenses.
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Cataracts are a normal part of aging, but they don’t have to impede your life style. With the innovations now available in cataract surgery, the Vision Correction Specialist can restore your ability to see clearly and enjoy your life. With a comprehensive Cataract Consultation, you will be able to find out about all of your options and decide for yourself when, and if, laser cataract surgery is right for you.
We would love to have you be one of our thousands of happy, cataract-free patients.
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