Long Beach Cataract Surgeon
Cataracts are the leading cause of vision loss in people over the age of 55. Since cataracts develop with age, the incidence continues to increase as our population lives longer. Cataract surgery is one of the most common and successful eye surgeries performed in the world. The precision and predictability of the surgery continue to improve, and current technology allows for reduction and sometimes elimination of patients’ dependence on spectacles and contact lenses.
What Are Cataracts?
A cataract is 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, glare around lights, dulling of colors, and, requiring more light to read. Fortunately, cataract surgery can repair 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. Modern cataract surgery is performed through a microscopic opening. No sutures or glue are necessary for performing the surgery or implanting the new lens into the eye. The new lens is permanent and will improve a patient’s vision indefinitely.
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. The latest lens technologies are all offered by the top ophthalmologists in Long Beach Dr. Leif Hertzog, M.D. and Dr. H. Dieter Hertzog, M.D. These include Alcon’s Vivity and PanOptix lenses as well as Johnson and Johnson’s Synergy and Symfony lenses. These presbyopia-correcting lenses allow patients to see well at distance and near without glasses. Additionally, a wide variety of Toric lenses can be used to correct astigmatism, also allowing patients to see well without spectacle correction. 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 Eye Surgery Doctor in Long Beach
Dr. Leif Hertzog, an eye surgeon in Long Beach, began his practice over 30 years ago, and has done approximately 14,000 eye surgeries. He is a recognized expert in the field. Dr. Leif Hertzog is currently specializing in the placement of Advanced Technology IOLs.
Dr. H. Dieter Hertzog has performed over 6,000 cataract surgeries and also specializes in advanced technology IOL implants. He also continues to teach cataract surgeries at USC where he staffs the residents in both routine and complex cases.