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Cataract Surgery Specialist

Fuerst Eye Center

Board-Certified Ophthalmologists & Eye Surgeons located in West Covina, CA & Glendale / La Canada, CA

Cataract (cloudy lens) is a common diagnosis. It affects one out of every six adults age 40 and older. Surgery is the primary treatment for cataracts. Board-certified ophthalmologists David Fuerst, MD and Nicole Fuerst, MD specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of cataracts, utilizing the most advanced surgical tools and techniques to remove your clouded lens and improve your vision. The surgical procedure is painless, and usually requires no injection, no stitches, and you go home without an eye patch. To schedule a consultation at Fuerst Eye Center, contact the office in Glendale or West Covina, California, by phone or online today.

Cataract Q & A

What are cataracts?

Cataracts are a clouding of the natural lens of your eye. They’re part of the aging process but can develop at any age.

Cataracts form because of changes to the structure of your natural lens. As you get older, your lens becomes less flexible and thicker. These changes to your lens cause tissues in the lens to break down and clump together, creating areas of cloudiness that affect your vision.

How do cataracts affect vision?

Cataracts usually develop slowly over time, but you may start to notice vision changes as the cloudy area grows. Common vision changes associated with cataracts include:

  • Blurry vision not corrected by glasses
  • Double vision or ghosting of images
  • Sensitivity to light or glare with oncoming headlights
  • Trouble reading
  • Difficulty seeing at night
  • Vibrant colors appear less bright

You should schedule an appointment with the board-certified ophthalmologists at Fuerst Eye Center whenever you experience changes in vision. 

What are cataract risk factors?

Your age is the primary risk factor for the development of cataracts. They tend to appear around age 50, and, over time, the clouding may be severe enough that you need surgery to restore your vision. 

Though cataracts are common, not everyone develops the eye condition. You may be at greater risk of cataracts if:

  • They run in your family
  • You have a history of diabetes
  • You spend a lot of time out in the sun
  • You take certain medications, such as corticosteroids

A history of eye trauma or eye surgery may also increase your risk of developing cataracts. 

Is surgery the only treatment for cataracts?

Currently, there is no medical treatment to reverse or prevent the development of cataracts. Surgery is the recommended treatment for cataracts once they cause vision changes that affect your quality of life. During the early stages of the eye condition, the specialists at Fuerst Eye Center may suggest observation and prescription eyeglasses to address your vision changes. 

However, as the clouding and your vision worsen, you will need cataract surgery. The experienced team at Fuerst Eye Center specializes in cataract surgery and utilizes advanced surgical techniques to get you the best results. 

When replacing your clouded lens with an intraocular lens (IOL), the team may suggest an IOL that corrects not only your cataract, but also vision issues, such as astigmatism, so you no longer need to wear prescription eyeglasses.

Cataracts are common and treatable. To schedule a consultation with the cataract surgery experts at Fuerst Eye Center, call the office or use the online booking button today. 

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