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San Francisco Eye Specialists for Cataract Surgery

San Francisco residents are usually highly-educated, discerning, and will seek out a cataract surgeon at the leading edge in treatments, technology, and techniques for vision restoration. Patients demand treatment from the best cataract surgeon, the best RLE surgeon, and the best ICL surgeon when planning to undergo eye surgery to restore clear vision. At Pacific Vision Institute, we are proud to be recognized as being among the leaders in vision correction worldwide. Our team of eye surgeons employs the latest advances in cataract surgery.

Clear Vision with Premium Implantable Lenses (IOLs)

We offer our patients premium IOL technology to correct myopia, hyperopia, astigmatism, and presbyopia. Our patients gain the benefit of the latest technology in cataract surgery. We use several types of advanced IOLs, including:

  • Accommodating Crystalens
  • ReSTOR
  • Tecnis multifocal IOL

What are the Benefits of Cataract Surgery?

The most obvious benefit of cataract surgery is an improvement in cloudy or blurry vision. However, there are some additional advantages to consider as well:

  • You won’t need glasses anymore – Depending on the type of surgery you undergo and the artificial lenses chosen, you may finally be able to do away with glasses and contacts altogether. Thanks to the advanced technology of intraocular lens implants, you might be able to enjoy crystal clear vision close-up, far away, and at night without any problems.
  • You will be less prone to falls – Poor vision is a major risk factor that contributes to falls being named the chief cause of injury – and even death – for older patients. With better vision through cataract surgery, you can expect improved balance, depth perception, and spatial awareness, all of which will keep you upright.
  • Enhanced quality of life – Cataracts can cause you to avoid many enjoyable activities and social events, including reading, driving, dancing, or watching movies and TV. With corrected vision, you can once again live life to the fullest.

Who is a candidate for cataract surgery?

If your cataracts are interfering with your daily tasks and inhibiting your quality of life, you may be an excellent candidate for surgery. If you find that you’re no longer able to drive, read, watch TV, or work on the computer, cataract removal can combat your symptoms and restore peace of mind. Our team will provide a comprehensive assessment and evaluation of your concerns during your private consultation. We will run diagnostic tests to determine your total eye health and visual range and will ensure that your procedure is personalized and precision-based.

How Much Does Cataract Surgery Typically Cost?

Cataract surgery fees will vary, based on the techniques used and the scope of your individual eye concerns. Our team will present you with a detailed estimate when you undergo your private consultation. Rest assured that most health insurance plans as well as Medicare cover cataract surgery and normal IOLs. Premium IOLs may require you to pay out-of-pocket.

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3 Types of Cataracts

Nuclear Sclerotic

This is the most common type of cataract. It begins when the center of the lens (the nucleus) begins to harden and turn yellow. These changes will gradually spread to the rest of the lens’ layers. Nuclear sclerotic cataracts may temporarily improve up-close vision in some, but over time, the vision as a whole will deteriorate.

Cortical

The cortex is the shell around the lens. This is where a cortical cataract begins to develop. Over time, it will extend towards the lens’ nucleus. As light attempts to enter the eye, it may appear scattered. Thus problems of blurred vision, depth perception, glare, and low contrast sensitivity occur. Those with diabetes are at a higher risk of experiencing cortical cataracts.

Posterior Subcapsular

Posterior subcapsular cataracts dim one’s night vision and make it more difficult to read. The cataract starts as a small cloud on the back of the lens (the posterior), forming underneath the lens capsule. These types of cataracts can lead to halo and glare effects when the patient comes into contact with bright light. The onset of posterior subcapsular cataracts can be swift, with symptoms becoming a problem in a matter of months rather than years.

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Pre-Screening and Diagnostic Testing at Pacific Vision Institute in San Francisco

Our pre-screening and diagnostic testing for RLE and ICL patients elevates the accuracy of a treatment to an unprecedented level. We believe a comprehensive evaluation of your eye structure is a critical point in ensuring a successful outcome. Our eye surgeons combine the most advanced screening technology to provide our patients with the best cataract, RLE, and ICL results. We offer our patients a range of advanced options for vision correction, and the ability to be completely free from the need to wear glasses or contact lenses. Our procedures for vision correction include:

What to Expect: Cataract Surgery at Pacific Vision Institute

At Pacific Vision Institute, the first action in planning cataract surgery in San Francisco is a set of advanced diagnostic tests. Our comprehensive, state-of-the-art tests allows us to achieve a higher level of accuracy and precision in planning surgery. Once your testing is complete, we will advise you of your options, including the use of advanced IOLs. Modern IOLs make it possible to resolve various vision conditions in conjunction with cataract surgery. Many of our patients come to us as they know our team is at the forefront of the latest advances in technology, and can not only replace a clouded lens, but help them achieve clear, accurate vision without the need to wear glasses or contacts after treatment.

Cataract Surgery: What is the Experience?

While cataract surgery at Pacific Vision Institute is a custom procedure, it is not difficult to experience. One eye will be treated at a time, with about one month between surgeries. Your eye will be numbed with anesthetic drops, and you will be administered relaxing medication. During the procedure, the damaged natural lens is extracted, and replaced with a standard IOL or one of our range of custom IOLs to resolve existing vision problems, including nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. The type of IOL appropriate for your current vision is chosen to perfectly suit your individual case. The new IOL is then carefully implanted, and your procedure is complete.

What can I expect from my recovery?

Immediately after surgery, the eye begins a process of self-healing and self-repair. Most clients can expect to get back to their normal activities by the end of the day and to be driving by the next day. Because vision will be temporarily impaired after surgery, patients will need a friend or family member to drive them home.

While most will see their vision improve within about a week, some clients report noticing changes right away. Full recovery is usually 2-6 weeks, depending on the extent of the work performed. During this time, it’s important to protect your eyes and follow your eye doctor’s instructions, returning for follow-up visits as instructed.

Why Choose Pacific Vision Institute for Cataract Surgery?

If you need to undergo cataract surgery, we believe you should have access to the latest technological developments, and the least invasive surgical techniques. When under the care of our doctor, you can be confident that you are offered the option to correct any vision problems in conjunction with your surgery to achieve a superior outcome. Contact us today and schedule a consultation for arguably the best cataract surgery San Francisco has to offer.

Cataracts FAQ

How long is the procedure?

Cataract surgery typically takes less than 30 minutes to perform. However, you should allow for extra time spent after the procedure, as you will need time to recover from being sedated.

How long do cataract surgery results last?

After cataract surgery, you can expect your vision to remain clear for years to come. The lens implants are designed for longevity. The eyes may be affected by other conditions, however, related to the cornea, retina, or optic nerve.

Can cataracts be treated naturally?

Unfortunately, there are no known natural remedies for getting rid of cataracts once they form. Making healthy lifestyle choices and undergoing regular eye exams can help with prevention, however. Experts recommend avoiding steroid-based eye drops as well as other medications associated with the formation and acceleration of cataracts.

Can cataracts be prevented?

There are some lifestyle changes you can make to help prevent cataracts. These include having regular eye checkups, eliminating smoking, reducing alcohol consumption, managing serious health problems like diabetes, eating more fruits and veggies, and wearing sunglasses to protect against the sun’s harmful UV rays.

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