Cataract Eye Surgery Serving San Diego and Coronado

Cataracts are one of the most common causes of visual loss in patients over the age of 65 and are a natural part of aging. This condition can only be fixed through a surgical procedure, and Dr. Cook is one of the most experienced cataract surgeons offering this eye surgery in San Diego County. Performing 700 cases annually, he is well versed in the use of monofocal and multifocal intraocular implants used during this surgical procedure. Dr. Cook will be happy to answer any questions you might have about your cataracts or cataract eye surgery and allow you to make a decision at your convenience. Once you have decided to enjoy better vision, our friendly staff will guide you through your procedure. They will help you arrange all necessary preliminary lab tests including EKG's, blood work, etc. We will work with your primary care physician if you have other ongoing medical problems that could affect your surgical outcome. Finally, you will receive a folder from our surgical coordinator with the necessary forms along with preoperative, postoperative, and surgical times and instructions. We want your eye surgery to be a positive experience. That’s why we do everything to ensure your comfort and success! Following your cataract/implant surgery at one of our surgery centers, you will be seen at our Coronado or San Diego offices. You can expect only minimal discomfort with a high likelihood of immediate visual improvement. Medicated drops will have to be used in the operative eye for a few weeks, but you will be seeing colors better and enjoying better visual acuity almost immediately. Call for your surgical consultation if you believe this procedure is right for you. Contact us to schedule a cataract consultation.

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Learn more about Cataracts

What are cataracts?

A cataract is a clouding of the eye's lens that prevents light from properly reaching the back of the eye (the retina). This causes blurry, foggy vision that can become progressively worse over time. Apart from aging, cataracts can occur as the result of injury or disease, and they are also sometimes found in infants at birth. Symptoms of cataracts include: blurry or cloudy vision, frequent changes in lens prescription, poor night vision, and seeing glare and halos. There is no cure for cataracts, although they can be treated with eye surgery. Our San Diego and Coronado offices offer this surgery to patients.

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Cataract Treatment

stronger glasses or contact lenses are not an adequate solution for treating cataracts. Fortunately, advances in cataract eye surgery have made the procedure safer and more effective than ever before. During cataract surgery, the cloudy lens of the eye is removed and replaced with a clear intraocular lens (an IOL). At Alvarado Eye Associates, we use the latest surgical technique, called phacoemulsification. It uses a small incision and does not require stitches. The cataract is broken apart using ultrasound before it is gently suctioned away. The IOL is inserted through the same tiny incision; it unfolds once inside the eye. New technology IOL’s like the RESTOR, REZOOM, or CRYSTALENS® can correct annoying vision problems like routinely using reading glasses after cataract surgery, which means some patients will have better vision than they had before the cataract ever formed.

ReZoom™ Lens Video
ReSTOR® Lens Video

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The Procedure

Before cataract surgery, anesthetic will be administered to the eye to ensure comfort during the procedure. Once anesthetized, a small incision will be made in the eye in order to access the cataract. Using a tiny instrument, approximately the size of a pen tip, your surgeon will remove the cataract and prepare the eye for implantation. A conventional monofocal IOL or a new technology multifocal IOL (RESTOR, REZOOM) or accommodating IOL (CRYSTALENS® ) is then inserted through the initial incision and set in place. Cataract surgery and implantation is performed on an outpatient basis and will take just a few minutes to complete .

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What to Expect After the Procedure

Immediately after the procedure, you will rest before returning home. About 24 hours after the procedure your doctor will examine the treated eye and prescribe eye drops to prevent infection and aid healing. It is vital to the success of implantation that the eye is not disturbed during healing. Use of a protective eye covering is necessary, specifically at night to prevent accidental damage and rubbing. The day after surgery most patients are able to return to their daily activities.

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The AcrySof® ReSTOR® is a revolutionary intraocular lense (IOL) that allows cataract patients with presbyopia to see without glasses or bifocals. With ReSTOR, patients quickly return to daily activities with a full range of vision, seeing clearly at all distances, day or night. In the clinical study 80% of patients with the ReSTOR IOL reported that they never have to wear glasses. Many were so satisfied with the results that almost 94% of patients said that they would choose to have the AcrySof® ReSTOR® IOL implanted again. The RESTOR lens is currently considered a better multifocal for near tasks such as reading a paperback novel. Click here to learn more about ReStor®

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The AMO REZOOM lens is another new technology multifocal lens that allows cataract and presbyopic patients to see without glasses or bifocals post operatively. Patients who opt for this multifocal tend to have better intermediate vision, i.e. for computer use, than RESTOR patients but not as good near vision, i.e. for reading a paperback novel. Again, most REZOOM patients are extraordinarily satisfied with their post operative near and far vision. Click here to learn more about ReZoom™

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Accommodating IOLs represent the next advance in artificial lens technology. Like conventional monofocal or new technology mulitfocal lenses, these IOLs would be implanted in the eye to replace the natural lens. Unlike most IOLs currently in use, however, these lenses would have the power to accommodate, flex, and alter position within the eye, allowing patients to focus on both near and far points. Dr. Cook is closely involved with the current research into accommodating lenses, including the Visiogen dual-optic accommodating IOL, and is one of the doctors anticipating participating in the FDA trials for this lens. However, at this time, the only accommodating IOL that is FDA approved is the Bausch & Lomb CRYSTALENS®. The CRYSTALENS® provides the best distance and night vision of all the presbyopia reducing IOL’s , but is not as potent for near vision as the RESTOR or REZOOM lenses. If you are interested in learning more about accommodating IOLs or participating in the clinical trial, please contact our practice today for further information.

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Ask Your Doctor

Contact your doctor to provide you with more information about the about risks and benefits of cataract surgery, and the Acrysof RESTOR, AMO REZOOM, or Eyeonics CRYSTALENS® for glasses-free vision.

If you have cataracts or any of the symptoms of cataracts, please contact Alvarado Eye Associates today. We will be happy to answer any questions you may have, as well as to schedule an appointment or eye surgery consultation.

Contact Alvarado Eye Associates for more information about cataract eye surgery. San Diego and Coronado patients are encouraged to call today!

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For patients seeking to improve their vision, cataracts can be corrected with eye surgery at our San Diego or Coronado offices. If you have been considering eye surgery, please take a few moments to tell us a little about yourself and one of our friendly medical staff will contact you at your convenience.

7877 Parkway Dr. Suite 100
La Mesa, California 91942
Ph. (619) 460-3711
801 Orange Avenue Suite 204
Coronado, California 92118
Ph. (619) 437-4406