Cataract Surgeon Long Beach
Cataracts are the leading cause of vision loss in people over the age of 55. Since cataracts develop as a factor of age, the incidence continues to increase as our population lives longer. Cataract surgery is one of the most performed and successful surgeries in the U.S. Each year, about 3 million cataract surgeries take place.
What Are Cataracts?
A cataract represents a clouding of the natural crystalline lens of the eye. They usually start to develop around age 60 and progressively worsen as time goes on. Everyone will develop cataracts eventually if they live long enough. Common symptoms of cataracts include: blurred vision, glaring around lights, dulling of colors, and, needing more light to read. Fortunately, cataract surgery can ‘fix’ the problem.
What Does Cataract Surgery Involve?
The procedure involves removing the natural cloudy lens and replacing it with a clear, synthetic intraocular lens (IOL) implant. The majority of Drs. Hertzogs' cataract surgeries are performed using a technique called phacoemulsification. They make a tiny incision in the side of the patient’s cornea, then use a device which emits ultrasound vibrations into the eye to break the lens into small pieces. Through this same incision, they remove the small pieces. Through a second small incision, they insert the new implant lens. Both incisions are small enough that they do not require sutures.
What Are PREMIUM (Intraocular Lenses) IOLs?
IOL implant technology is finally catching up with visual demands. There are now more options to correct vision than ever before. This results in better visual outcomes which reduce and sometimes eliminate a person’s dependency on glasses. Specifically, the AcrySof IQ ReSTOR® IOL implant is a relatively new IOL that helps people see better at distance and near, often without glasses. AcrySof IQ also makes a toric IOL implant that promotes better vision by reducing or eliminating astigmatism. Which IOL implant(s) is appropriate for a patient is determined after carefully considering many factors: pre-operative measurements of the eye, current specific visual demands, and future visual goals.
Top-Rated Cataract Surgeon Long Beach
Dr. Leif Hertzog, a cataract surgeon Long Beach, began his practice over 30 years ago, and has done approximately 14,000 of these surgeries. He is a recognized expert in the field, also being able to teach the surgery. Dr. Leif Hertzog is currently specializing in the placement of PREMIUM IOLs.