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Four Fascinating Facts for Cataract Awareness Month

The longer you live, the more likely it is that you will deal with cataracts. They are, to a large degree, an inevitable part of aging. At Eye Medical Clinic, we focus a great deal of our practice on the diagnosis and treatment of cataracts. And since June is Cataract Awareness Month, it’s a great time to take an even closer look at this common vision condition.

Check out these four facts you may not have known about cataracts:

  1. Cataracts are the leading cause of vision loss in the U.S.
    According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it is estimated that almost 30 million Americans have cataracts. That’s a lot of folks, and more than twice the total number of people with diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma and age-related macular degeneration combined!
  2. Cataracts affect more than just the elderly.
    Did you know that in rare cases, babies can be born with cataracts? It’s a condition known as congenital cataracts. While it’s true that cataracts most commonly affect older people, you can develop them at any age. The likelihood of developing cataracts doubles in your 50s and doubles again in your 60s. By the age of 80, more than half of Americans have cataracts.
  3. Sun exposure increases your risk of developing cataracts.
    If you live in sunny San Jose, you need to know this: Ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun can promote cataract development. Always wear your UV-blocking sunglasses!
  4. Surgery is the only effective treatment for cataracts.
    Cataracts cannot be treated with medication, eye drops or lifestyle changes. They must be surgically removed for vision to be restored. But good news! Modern cataract surgery is a safe and comfortable outpatient procedure. Gone are the days of hospital stays, stitches or eye patches.

Think you might be experiencing the symptoms of cataracts? Take our Cataract Self-Evaluation to find out for sure.

Choose an Experienced Cataract Surgeon

It’s true that cataract surgery is one of the safest and most effective surgical procedures performed today. But it’s still important to choose a surgeon with focused training, a lot of experience, a commitment to the most advanced, proven technology and who has a number of great outcomes as evidence.

Our board-certified ophthalmologists have many years of experience and have helped countless people regain their vision and their lives using modern cataract surgery techniques.

Advanced Technology Lens Implants Offer Opportunity for Visual Freedom

Major advances in lens exchange procedures allow people just like you to continue to live your life the way you want to live it. At Eye Medical Clinic, we offer a variety of Advanced Technology Lens Implants that can correct your cataracts AND get you out of your glasses or bifocals.

Advanced Technology Lenses are considered the gold standard in cataract lens replacements today. During traditional cataract surgery, a clear (monofocal) lens is used to replace the natural lens. This basic lens will allow you to see clearly at only one distance – near, intermediate or far. If you require glasses before your cataract surgery, you will still need them afterwards. Our advanced technology lens implants allow you to see clearly at all distances. Freedom!

If you’re someone who has worn glasses or contacts your whole life, post-cataract surgery vision with a premium lens implant may be considerably better than any vision you’ve ever experienced.

Ready to learn more about cataract surgery at Eye Medical Clinic? Schedule your cataract evaluation today.

Healthy Vision For a Healthy Life

May is Healthy Vision Month. And after the last year-plus of living out a world health pandemic, good health is certainly top of mind for most people. At Eye Medical Clinic, we love to talk about eyes and vision any time of the year! But Healthy Vision Month affords a great opportunity to talk about the simple steps everyone can take to protect their vision, making sure their eyes stay healthy for life!

A major part of a healthy life is taking care of your eyes, just like exercising, healthy eating and getting enough sleep. A comprehensive eye exam is so much more than having your vision checked to see if you need glasses or contacts. A dilated eye exam can detect many eye conditions and diseases that can cause vision loss, including glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and more.

At Eye Medical Clinic, we want you to See Every Moment with the vision you deserve. Our experienced clinical team is skilled in diagnosing and treating most eye conditions and diseases.

Do I really need to have a comprehensive eye exam every year?

At Eye Medical Clinic, we recommend a comprehensive eye exam with dilation once a year for adults. And more frequently depending on your risk factors. Even if you can see with no problems and your vision is “normal”, an annual comprehensive eye exam is an important part of maintaining eye and overall health.
From the youngest member of your family to the oldest, Eye Medical Clinic in San Jose offers comprehensive eye exams catered to your unique circumstances performed by our experienced ophthalmologists. We cater to your unique circumstances and take into consideration the concerns and eye conditions associated with the season of life you are in.
Did you know an annual eye exam with dilation can also assist in the early detection of conditions like high blood pressure and diabetes? The earlier these conditions are detected, the earlier treatment can begin- and this could save your sight!

See Every Moment of Your Golden Years with Confidence

Without a doubt, cataracts impact the health of seniors. And the answer to when is the right time for cataract surgery is unique to the person asking it. Most experts agree that when a cataract begins to negatively affect your life and daily activities, that is the time to consider cataract surgery.
The last year has given all of us plenty of reasons to postpone vacations, trips, get-togethers and other events. But if cataracts are affecting your daily life, we want to propose that cataract surgery isn’t something you should put off. Even though it’s considered elective surgery, continuing to live with cataracts can put your health at risk.

4 Reasons NOT to Put Off Cataract Surgery

  1. Cataracts will not get better on their own. In fact, they worsen over time, making them more difficult to remove.
  2. Clear vision is necessary for safety. Seniors are more at risk of falling if their vision is affected by cataracts. Tasks like driving (especially at night) are more dangerous if you have cataracts.
  3. Cataract surgery at Eye Medical Clinic is performed at a trusted ambulatory surgery center. Unlike hospitals, ASCs don’t treat sick people, and they’re held to very high safety and hygiene standards.
  4. Eye Medical Clinic is taking every precaution to ensure your safety.

With upwards of two million cataract surgeries performed annually, cataract surgery is among the safest and most successful surgeries performed today. We are excited to offer the latest FDA-approved laser cataract technology for your cataract surgery procedure. We believe this technology adds to the safety, accuracy and precision of the procedure.
Our happy patient family is always growing, and we’d love for you to join it! Schedule a cataract consultation today.

See Every Moment With the Vision You Deserve

From comprehensive eye care and management of eye diseases to retina and cornea issues and modern cataract surgery, we want to be your go-to source for eye health in San Jose. We’d be honored to serve you.

It’s Never too Late to Focus on Seeing Every Moment

2020 has been a tough year, no doubt. Even still, across the world, people are living longer and healthier lives than ever before. And no matter how well (or not well) your year has gone so far, this month offers a chance for a renewed focus.

September is Healthy Aging Month. It’s a great time to focus on our senior population as it pertains to staying fit, staying active, staying safe and staying healthy. Here at Eye Medical Clinic, we are crazy about our senior patients and we are a trusted resource for all the eye-related issues that accompany aging.

Healthy Vision is a Priority in Every Season, But Especially as You Age

Something to know: vision loss isn’t a normal part of aging. That said, older individuals are at higher risk for certain eye diseases and conditions. Things like age-related macular degeneration, cataracts, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma and dry eye, just to name a few. Some of these conditions have no early symptoms, but they are easily detected during a comprehensive eye exam (something you should have annually!).

Healthy Eyes for a Healthy Life

More than 40 million Americans are currently age 65 or older, and this number is expected to grow to more than 88 million by 2050. That’s a lot of seniors! By that same year, the number of Americans with age-related eye diseases is expected to double, and the number of people living with low vision is projected to triple. Early detection and treatment are key to saving sight.

If you have celebrated 50 (or more!) birthdays, here’s a tip. Come see us annually for a comprehensive eye exam. Having a dilated eye exam every year can help detect age-related eye diseases in their earliest stages. Early detection and treatment can help preserve your sight. Even if you are not experiencing vision problems, you should still take time for an annual eye exam. This is one of the best things you can do to make sure your one set of eyes stays healthy for a lifetime. And we’ll even sing happy birthday to you if you’d like!

Age-Related Macular Degeneration

People over the age of 50 are also at higher risk for developing Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD). This condition happens when a part of the retina called the macula is damaged. With AMD, you lose your central vision but your peripheral (side) vision will still be normal.

Did you know we have a fellowship-trained retina specialist on the team here at EMC? Well, we do! Dr. Tamer Hadi is our resident expert on all things retina related. If you haven’t met him, you should!

Life Beyond the Blur

Cataracts are the most common cause of vision loss in people over the age of 50. According to Prevent Blindness America, cataracts currently affect more than 22 million Americans. Important to know, cataracts cannot be treated with medication or changes to your lifestyle and diet. They must be surgically removed in order for vision to be restored. When cataracts begin to negatively affect your lifestyle and the activities you enjoy, it’s time to talk to an expert.

At Eye Medical Clinic, we offer the latest technologies and techniques in cataract surgery, including Laser-Assisted Cataract Surgery. Major advances in lens exchange procedures allow people just like you to continue to live their lives the way they want to live them. At Eye Medical Clinic, we offer a variety of Premium Lens Implants that can correct your cataracts AND reduce your dependency on glasses, bifocals and even readers.

Healthy Aging Month is the ideal time to schedule a cataract evaluation. If you haven’t met our Premium Lens Cataract Surgery, Dr. Jeanie Paik, you’re going to want to! She has the experience and the expertise to help you achieve restored and even improved vision. Take control of your health (including your eyes!). Whatever the rest of 2020 looks like, See Every Moment.

Eye Medical Clinic has built a reputation for quality eye care that generations of families have come to trust. We invite you to experience the VIP treatment every patient can expect to receive at Eye Medical Clinic. Our team of experienced doctors, as well as a highly trained staff, is dedicated to helping you enjoy your life to the fullest…with the clear vision you deserve.

Eye Medical Clinic Welcomes Jeanie Paik, MD

Dr. Jeanie Paik and her family recently left windy Chicago for beautiful San Jose, and they couldn’t be happier about it! We’re thrilled that she has joined the family of eye experts at Eye Medical Clinic and are excited to introduce her to you.

Dr. Paik is a world-class physician with an elite pedigree. She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Southern California in Biological Sciences and International Relations, and her Medical Doctorate from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. She performed her residency at New York Eye and Ear Infirmary in New York, NY. She then completed additional training with a cornea, refractive and external disease fellowship at Emory University in Atlanta, GA.

As a board-certified, fellowship-trained specialist and surgeon, Dr. Paik brings significant experience in diseases of the cornea and anterior segment. As of this month, she will serve as our go-to expert for all corneal cases, including cornea transplants, with specialized expertise in keratoconus, corneal dystrophies, pterygium and corneal infections.

Dr. Paik performs a variety of cornea transplants, including ultra-thin DSAEK and DMEK. Dr. Paik is trained in cross-linking, an advanced treatment to help stop the progression of keratoconus. She specializes in premium cataract surgery, including multifocal and toric lenses. She is also a dry eye specialist – look for EMC to begin offering a wide range of services for dry eye soon!

While Dr. Paik performs everything from modern cataract surgery to complex cornea transplants, her favorite part of her work is the opportunity for patient connection.

Vision is so important for quality of life. I love developing relationships with my patients and caring for them over time.

Jeanie Paik, MD

Dr. Paik has presented at numerous national conferences and has published in the peer-reviewed journal Cornea. She has also published literature on allergic conjunctivitis. Her research includes topics such as keratoconus, corneal surgical techniques and corneal infections. Dr. Paik is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Society of Cornea and Refractive Surgery and the Cornea Society.

Outside of work, Dr. Paik and her husband, a data engineer, are parents to their young daughter and enjoy spending time with family. EMC warmly welcomes Dr. Paik. We can’t wait for you to meet her. Schedule an appointment today!

Eye Medical Clinic Warmly Welcomes Tamer Hadi, MD

Tamer Hadi, MD, came to Eye Medical Clinic with an impressive resume. With undergraduate and master’s work in bioengineering and biomedical engineering, Dr. Hadi spent several years working in orthopedic research and development before deciding he wanted to be more involved in patient care. He applied to medical school and the rest is history!

With the same passion, excellence and problem-solving mindset that exemplified his earlier training, Dr. Hadi graduated with, not just a medical degree, but also a Ph.D., from the Medical College of Virginia. He didn’t necessarily enter medical school knowing he wanted to specialize in ophthalmology, but he talks about a tremendously impactful two-week rotation in ophthalmology. It was life-changing and inspiring, and he knew then it was what he wanted to do professionally.

Residency training in ophthalmology at Case Western Reserve University Medical School in Ohio led to a rigorous fellowship in vitreal-retinal surgery at the University of California in Irvine, California. Dr. Hadi joined the EMC family in August of 2020. You can see his full bio here.

I came to medicine a little later in life, but I have never regretted it. I loved my research work, but it felt a little disconnected from being able to help people in a very tangible way. All my background has now come together and allowed me to apply everything I have learned to improve the quality of life for my patients.

-Tamer Hadi, MD

At EMC, we’ve always focused on being a trusted practice that offers comprehensive eye care for patients in every stage of life. In our 70+ years, we’ve served generations of families in and around the San Jose area. We’re excited to add this powerhouse retina specialist to the team to expand our range of services even more.

Dr. Hadi truly enjoys being a doctor and a surgeon, and he especially loves interacting with his patients.

I love seeing the immediate gratitude patients experience when they discover their vision has been restored.

-Tamer Hadi, MD

Outside of work, Dr. Hadi is a husband and father of three young children. He enjoys staying active, hiking and spending time at the beach with his lively family. Together, they all enjoy working in their family vegetable garden and are expecting a bumper crop of cilantro this season!

EMC warmly welcomes Dr. Hadi. We can’t wait for you to meet him. Schedule an appointment today.

What are the Early Signs of the Most Common Vision Problems?

As with most other kinds of diseases, many eye diseases and conditions are more easily and successfully treated when diagnosed early. The tricky part is that there are a few eye conditions that don’t always come with early warning signs, making them harder to detect. But early detection is no less important! It all starts with an annual comprehensive eye exam at your trusted eye doctor Eye Medical Clinic.

Let’s take a look at the most common eye conditions along with the treatments available at Eye Medical Clinic:

Cataracts

Cataracts are the most common cause of vision loss in people over the age of 50. According to Prevent Blindness America, cataracts currently affect more than 22 million senior Americans. Cataracts cannot be treated with medication or changes to lifestyle and diet. They must be surgically removed in order for vision to be restored. When cataracts begin to negatively affect your lifestyle and activities, it’s time to talk to an expert.

Any time is the ideal time to schedule a cataract evaluation. Take control of your health (including your eyes!). We’d love to partner with you.

Glaucoma

Glaucoma is a group of eye conditions that can cause blindness. With all types of glaucoma, the nerve connecting the eye to the brain is damaged, usually due to high eye pressure. It has been called the silent thief of sight, because, in most cases, glaucoma doesn’t have any symptoms other than slow vision loss. For this reason, a comprehensive dilated eye exam that includes glaucoma detection is recommended.
In fact, we recommend the dilated eye exam every year for people who are at higher risk for glaucoma, including African Americans age 40 and older, everyone over age 60, and people with a family history of glaucoma. A comprehensive eye exam is critical to detect changes that occur early in the optic nerve.
While there is no cure for glaucoma at this time, it can be controlled and stabilized by using eye drop medication to monitor eye pressure in a safe range. This safe range is determined individually, which depends on the severity of glaucoma damage, age and corneal thickness as well as other factors determined by your ophthalmologists at Eye Medical Clinic. Some eye drop prescriptions lower eye pressure by reducing the amount of aqueous fluid OR by helping fluid flow better through the drainage angle.
Again, because of its complexity, each patient’s glaucoma treatment plan will vary based on need. For the love of your eyes and peace of mind, if you haven’t been to the eye doctor in a while and have any concerns, schedule an appointment today with Eye Medical Clinic.

Macular Degeneration

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of blindness in people over the age of 65 in America, making it an eye condition worth taking a closer look at. It is a genetically determined, age-related eye disease that causes people who have it to lose their central vision (what you see when you look straight ahead), usually in both eyes. It occurs when the small, central portion of the retina, known as the macula, deteriorates.

This condition can negatively impact activities like reading, working on a computer, doing household chores, enjoying hobbies and even driving. Early detection of AMD can help slow progression, and it’s important to note, early stages of this disease usually do not exhibit noticeable symptoms. This is why annual comprehensive eye exams are so important!

There are two types of AMD; dry (the most common type) and wet. For dry AMD, treatment typically starts with prescribing a mix of zinc and antioxidants that can slow progression. For wet AMD, treatment can include a number of options including medication injected into the eye that inhibits the growth of abnormal blood vessels that cause the wet form on the disease.

If you suspect AMD or have a family history of this condition, schedule an appointment today with Eye Medical Clinic today.

Partnering With You to Protect Your Sight

With a legacy of more than 70 years serving the San Jose area, Eye Medical Clinic has built a reputation for quality eye care that generations of families have come to trust. We invite you to experience the VIP treatment every patient can expect to receive at Eye Medical Clinic. Our team of experienced doctors, as well as a highly trained staff, is dedicated to helping you enjoy your life to the fullest…with the clear vision you deserve.

Laser-Assisted or Traditional Cataract Surgery. Which is Right for Me?

What is Laser-Assisted Cataract Surgery and How is it Different Than Traditional Cataract Surgery?

You may have heard it said that if you live long enough, you’ll most likely deal with cataracts. And it’s true. According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), about half the population in American develop cataracts by age 75. And as the U.S. population ages, more than 30 million Americans are expected to have cataracts by the year 2020.

So let’s talk cataract facts – specifically, treatments considering cataracts will not resolve on their own and cannot be treated with medicine or lifestyle changes. Cataracts must be removed for vision to be restored.

Cataract Basics

A cataract is a progressive clouding of your eye’s natural lens. Cataract symptoms include cloudy vision, poor color recognition, glare from night driving and frequent prescription changes in glasses or contacts.

Cataract Treatments

If you need cataract surgery, most modern ophthalmology practices will offer you two choices regarding the surgical procedure itself – Laser-Assisted Cataract Surgery (sometimes called bladeless cataract surgery) or Traditional Cataract Surgery. To make the best decision for your vision goals and lifestyle, there are some things you should understand about both kinds of surgery.

Cataract surgery is one of the most common surgeries performed in the world today. Both traditional and laser-assisted cataract surgery are recognized as being safe and effective treatments. Neither requires a hospital stay. But let’s look at little more closely at how each procedure works to restore your vision.

Traditional Cataract Surgery

With traditional cataract surgery, the surgeon creates a small incision in the side of the cornea by hand with a scalpel. A tiny instrument is inserted through this incision into the area where the cloudy lens sits. The surgeon then creates a circular opening in the lens capsule and a pen-shaped probe is inserted to apply sound waves (ultrasound) to break up the cloudy center of the lens. The pieces of the cloudy lens are gently removed from the eye. Finally, an artificial intraocular lens (IOL) is implanted to replace the natural lens. The incision self-seals after surgery, so stitches are not needed.

Laser-Assisted Cataract Surgery

The most recent breakthrough in cataract surgery is the introduction of the cataract laser. With this type of cataract surgery, a camera/ultrasound imaging device is placed over the eye to map its surface and gather highly detailed information about the lens. This device sends the data to a computer that programs the laser for the exact location, size and depth of the incisions. The surgeon uses the laser to make the corneal incision and opening. Energy from the laser may also be used to soften the cataract.

Then the same ultrasound probe used in traditional cataract surgery is used to break the lens into pieces and gently remove them from the eye. The IOL is implanted. As with traditional cataract surgery, the corneal incision self heals and usually does not require stitches.

So What’s the Big Difference?

At Eye Medical Clinic, it is the opinion of our experienced surgeons that the technology used in laser-assisted cataract surgery adds to the safety, accuracy and precision of the procedure. Your eyes are unique! Bladeless cataract surgery allows for a procedure customized just for you! We are excited to offer the latest FDA-approved laser cataract technology for your cataract surgery procedure.

Unlike traditional bladed cataract surgery where the incisions are made by hand, the laser automates key steps of the cataract surgery procedure. The accompanying software system analyzes high-resolution images of your eye, helping your Eye Medical Clinic surgeon design and perform a fully customized procedure.

To further enhance accuracy at every turn, a patient interface connects your eye to the image-guided surgical unit, so both the computer and the surgeon operating it have precise, real-time images, throughout the entire procedure.

Schedule a free initial cataract consultation and screening today with the experts at Eye Medical Clinic. We will share all of our cataract surgery options to give you a clear idea of what will benefit your vision and lifestyle. At Eye Medical Clinic, we have been dedicated to helping the people of Santa Clara Valley with all their eye care needs for more than 70 years.

 

Life After Cataract Surgery

What to Expect After Cataract Surgery

According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), cataracts affect more than 24.4 million Americans age 40 and older. Approximately half of Americans develop cataracts by age 75. And as the U.S. population ages, more than 30 million Americans are expected to have cataracts by the year 2020.

That means, most likely, if you live long enough, you’ll deal with cataracts. So let’s talk cataract facts and what you can do to speed up cataract recovery after cataract removal.

Cataracts Basics

A cataract is a progressive clouding of your eye’s natural lens. Cataract symptoms include cloudy vision, poor color recognition, glare from night driving and frequent prescription changes in glasses or contacts.

Cause of Cataracts

In most cases, cataracts develop when aging or injury changes the tissue that makes up your eye’s lens.

In addition, there are a few inherited genetic disorders that cause other health problems that can increase your risk of developing cataracts. Researchers have found that cataracts can also be caused by other eye conditions, past eye surgery and even medical conditions such as diabetes. Long-term use of steroid medications can also cause cataracts to develop.

Cataract Treatment

It’s important to understand that cataracts cannot be treated with medication, eye drops or lifestyle changes. They must be removed for vision to be restored.

More than 2 million men and women undergo cataract surgery every year, making the procedure one of the most common and most successful medical procedures in the U.S. today. You can trust your eyes to the San Jose cataracts specialists at Eye Medical Clinic.

We are pleased to offer the latest advancements in treating cataracts including Laser-Assisted Cataract Surgery. We also offer Premium Lens Implant technologies that can correct your cataracts and get you out of those glasses. Premium Lens Implants can restore your vision to a greater degree, for instance correcting astigmatism and providing sharp vision at far, intermediate and near distances.

What Can You Do to Speed up Cataract Recovery

Laser-Assisted cataract surgery often takes no longer than about 10 minutes to perform. You will need to rest in a recovery area about 30 minutes to an hour post-op while the grogginess from sedation or anesthesia wears off. You must have someone on call to drive you home after the procedure. We provide a pair of sunglasses to wear on your trip home to protect your eye from bright light.

Within the same day of surgery, you should be able to resume normal daily activities: Computer work, light TV watching, showering. Here are some extra facts for a speedy cataract recovery:

  • Take a nap if you are sleepy when you arrive home. Just remember to wear the protective eye shield your Eye Medical Clinic surgeon provides.
  • Be careful moving around after surgery as it may take a little time for your vision to fully clear.
  • Don’t drive the first day.
  • Don’t rub your eye(s) for at least two weeks after surgery.
  • You may resume your work or home duties (if you want to!).
  • No heavy lifting or strenuous exercise activities for the first couple weeks.
  • Avoid exposure to irritants such as dust and wind during the first couple weeks.
  • Avoid swimming or using a hot tub during the first week.
  • Attend your follow-up appointment with your cataract surgeon the day after the procedure to ensure no complications.

Most of our cataract surgery patients experience clear vision within several hours after their cataract surgery. But since each person heals differently, it may take a week or two before you see things in their sharpest focus.

Schedule a free initial cataract consultation and screening today with the experts at Eye Medical Clinic. We will share all of our cataract surgery options to give you a clear idea of what will benefit your vision and lifestyle. At Eye Medical Clinic, we have been dedicated to helping the people of Santa Clara Valley with all their eye care needs for more than 70 years.

Premium Lens Implants Could Mean Premium Vision Post Cataracts Surgery

So you know you need cataract surgery. The decision has been made. You may even already know this means the removal of the cloudy lens in your eye and replacement with a clear artificial lens (IOL).

What you may not know is that, until recently, you would have had very few choices of lenses used to restore your vision. But major advances in lens exchange procedures allow people just like you to continue to live your life the way they want to live it with improved vision, often better than what you had before cataract surgery.

At Eye Medical Clinic in San Jose, we offer a variety of the best Premium Lens Implants that can correct your cataracts AND reduce your dependency on glasses or bifocals.

Premium or Basic? Does it really matter?

There are lots of areas and products where you – the consumer – get to choose between basic or premium. Coach or first-class? Hey, it’s your trip. You get to decide how you want to take it. Basic black coffee or decadent French press with steamed milk and a sprinkle of cinnamon? Certainly your choice.

But eyes are a bit different. Think about how much you rely on your eyesight. Do you really want to choose between basic or premium where your vision is concerned? The truth is, Premium Lens Implants can restore the vision you’ve enjoyed your whole life (or even better!).

Although basic cataract surgery has been proven very successful at removing cataracts and replacing the eye’s natural lens with a clear lens, many people find they still need glasses, bifocals or multifocals in order to achieve their best vision after cataract surgery.

Compared to standard IOLs, Premium Lens Implants greatly reduce or even eliminate the need for glasses after your cataract surgery procedure. The decision is easy. Wouldn’t you like to enjoy all the things you love to do with clear vision?!

Advantages of Premium Lenses

Start counting because there are a lot of them! Amazing advances in Premium Lens technology have made it possible for most people to attain clear vision at all distances and in most settings with greatly reduced dependency on glasses, bifocals and readers.

Specifically, Multifocal Lenses are created to improve distance and near focus, while Toric lenses are designed to correct astigmatism. Imagine enjoying all your daily activities like driving, golfing, crafting, reading, hiking, painting, swimming (and more!) free from the hassles and the hindrances of glasses, bifocals, trifocals and, in some cases, even readers!

With a premium lens implant, it’s possible! At Eye Medical Clinic, whatever your visual goal, there’s a lens for that. While there are no lens options that can definitively promise 20/20 vision at all distances, most patients who choose a Premium Lens Implant for their cataract surgery procedure at Eye Medical Clinic are glasses-free for most daily activities. And most are thrilled with their vision after cataract surgery.

Paying for Premium Lenses

The cost of basic cataract surgery with a basic lens is generally covered by Medicare as well as most private insurance providers. However, depending on which options and premium lens you choose, there may be some costs not covered by your insurance.

Our experienced team can help you maximize your benefits and select a financing plan that is comfortable for your budget for any portion of your cataract procedure not covered by Medicare or your private insurance.

Meet Our Experienced Cataract Surgeons

The best premium lens implants in San Jose in the hands of Eye Medical Clinic’s experienced cataract surgeons is a winning combination!

Mona Bagga, MD, is a board-certified, fellowship-trained ophthalmologist with deep experience in cataract treatment. She uses a combination of advanced medical, surgical and laser procedures to improve patients’ vision and quality of life. Dr. Bagga has completed more than 10,000 successful procedures, including laser-assisted cataract surgery with premium lens implants. She was one of the first two surgeons in the U.S. to implant the Tecnis Toric Lens.

John Sullivan, MD, is a board-certified ophthalmologist with vast experience in cataract surgery. He holds a clinical professor faculty appointment in the ophthalmology department at the University of California-San Francisco where he shares teaching responsibilities training ophthalmology residents and oculoplastic fellows. Dr. Sullivan has served the people of Santa Rosa and San Jose at Eye Medical Clinic since 1973.

Ready to find out more about a custom-designed procedure that will give you the opportunity to enjoy your best personal vision after cataract surgery? Schedule an appointment at Eye Medical Clinic today.

Shut the Front Door on Early Cataracts

Cataracts. They usually come with age, and there is no surefire way to know who will or won’t develop cataracts. The exact cause of cataracts is unclear. That’s especially true in cases of early cataracts. Most often, cataracts affect patients age 60 and older; however, there have been cases of cataracts reported in younger people as well.

Important cataracts fact: Cataracts affect over 24.4 million American age 40 and older, or about one in every six people in this age range. By age 80, more than half of all Americans will have cataracts. It is the leading cause of blindness (Prevent Blindness America).

A cataract is a degenerative eye disorder that causes the clouding of the lens, leading to decreased vision.

“I stumble through a darkened vale, with a veil cast over me.
And cataracts, all is black. Oh, I see, but I can’t see…” (Thrice, 2011)

Among younger patients, the first signs of a cataract problem are increased difficulty seeing clearly at night or seeing colors as bold as intended; general sensitivity to light and glare; and hazy or clouded vision. Fact is, there are three common types of cataracts:

  • Subcapsular, which occurs at the back of the lens
  • Nuclear, which forms deep in the central zone, or nucleus, of the lens
  • Cortical, which wedges its way in the periphery of the lens, eventually migrating to the center in a spoke-like fashion

Furthermore, modern medicine is not yet able to prevent cataracts from forming. Without intervention from San Jose cataracts specialists at Eye Medical Clinic, sight problems can become more progressive and can lead to significant vision loss—even blindness.

Causes of Early Cataracts

No one knows for sure why the eye’s lens changes as we age, but researchers have identified factors that may cause cataracts. Although early cataracts in young people are not the most common, it’s important to know the potential causes:

  • Diabetes
  • Family history
  • Nearsightedness
  • High blood pressure
  • Obesity
  • Oxidative changes in the lens due to poor diet
  • Smoking
  • Traumatic injury to the eye
  • Use of steroidal medications
  • Ultraviolet light exposure

According to the National Eye Institute, other causes of cataracts are labeled as secondary, traumatic, congenital and radiation-related.

A recent scientific theory about early cataracts claims the prolonged use of computers, smartphones, tablets and other electronic devices may be advancing the development of vision problems, including cataracts, at earlier ages.

Reducing Risk and Cataract Treatment

As stated above, scientists propose that oxidative changes in the human lens cause cataract formation. Nutrition studies support this idea, citing that fruits and vegetables high in antioxidants may reduce the risk of certain types of cataracts. Consider a higher daily dietary intake of these foods: Vitamin E found in a wide variety of nuts and seeds; dark green, leafy vegetables and colorful fruits (think broccoli, spinach, berries); antioxidants such as vitamin C and beta-carotene; and foods containing omega-3 fatty acids such as fish.

As far as treatment goes, cataracts must be surgically removed to restore vision. Cataract surgery is one of the most routine corrective eye surgeries performed in the United States with more than 3.6 million procedures each year (Review of Ophthalmology).

In short, blade-free is the only way to go in removing a cataract. Eye Medical Clinic is pleased to offer the latest technologies including Laser-Assisted Cataract Surgery—a safe procedure in which your eye’s clouded lens is gently removed and replaced with a clear artificial lens implant. The lens stays in your eye permanently. You won’t be able to feel the new lens, and it is not visible. The in-office procedure takes a few minutes and is virtually painless. The majority of patients report great success in restoring vision to 20/20.

Seeing at the Next Level

Eye Medical Clinic also offers a variety of Premium Lens Implants that can remove your cataracts and allow the opportunity to be free from glasses or bifocals, too. Specifically, Multifocal Lenses aim to improve distance and near focus, while Toric Lenses correct astigmatism.

Our very own Dr. Mona Bagga is a board-certified, fellowship-trained ophthalmologist who has completed more than 10,000 successful cataract surgeries. To find out more about cataracts and how we treat them, schedule an initial screening today with Eye Medical Clinic, San Jose cataracts specialists. We thank you and your eyes will thank you.

Cataracts: Everything You Need To Know

Everything You Ever Needed To Know About Cataracts

According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), cataracts affect more than 24.4 million Americans age 40 and older. And by age 75, approximately half of all Americans have cataracts. As the U.S. population ages, more than 30 million Americans are expected to have cataracts by the year 2020.

The good news is that cataracts are very treatable. More than 2 million men and women undergo cataract surgery every year, making the procedure one of the most common and successful medical procedures performed in the U.S. today.

What Is A Cataract?

A cataract is a clouding of the usually transparent lens in your eye. The lens focuses light onto the retina at the back of your eye, allowing you to see. When your natural lens starts to cloud up, the images projected onto your retina become blurry and unfocused. It’s like looking through a dirty or cloudy window. If the window is not clear, you can’t see!

Cataracts are a natural part of the aging process, so if you live long enough, you will likely eventually develop one.

Symptoms Of Cataracts

Cataracts come with warning signs; they don’t suddenly develop overnight. Symptoms vary from person to person but common symptoms include:

“Washed Out” Vision or Double Vision

This occurs when people and objects appear hazy, blurred or “washed out” with less definition, depth and color. This makes many normal daily activities, including reading, watching television, driving or doing basic chores, a challenge.

Increased Glare Sensitivity

This can happen both from outdoor sunlight or light reflected off shiny objects indoors. Glare sensitivity can cause problems with driving, particularly at night.

Dulled Colors

This is when colors don’t appear as vibrant as they once did. Distinguishing colors may become difficult as well.

Compromised Contrast And Depth Perception

These important eye skills are greatly affected by the damage to the lens a cataract can cause.

Darkened Vision

This often affects individuals with cataracts, causing them to need more light than they used to in order to see clearly and perform basic activities, especially reading.

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Causes Of Cataracts (Risks)

Age is not the only risk factor for cataract development although it is the primary one. While the risk of developing a cataract does increase as you age, it is not the only factor. Other risk factors include:

  • Family history
  • Injury to the eye
  • Certain medications (e.g., steroids)
  • Diseases such as diabetes and macular degeneration
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Smoking
  • Prolonged exposure to the sun
  • Certain eye conditions such as uveitis
  • Cataracts can also be congenital (present at birth)

What You Can Do To Reduce Your Risks

Don’t let cataracts interfere with your quality of life. The best preventive measure is being sure to schedule regular eye exams so that you stay on top of your overall eye health.

While doctors still don’t know exactly how much each risk factor leads to cataracts, there are a few ways you can keep your eyes healthy and reduce your risk of developing a cataract:

  • Refrain from smoking and high alcohol consumption
  • Exercise and eat well, including lots of fruits and vegetables that contain antioxidants
  • Protect your eyes from UV radiation from sunlight
  • Control diabetes and hypertension
  • Most importantly, see your eye doctor regularly for a comprehensive eye exam. If you are over 40 or at risk, make sure to schedule a yearly comprehensive eye exam.

Because cataracts typically develop slowly over a long period of time, most people don’t even realize the lens in the eye is affected until their vision becomes dull or blurry. When a cataract begins to affect your ability to perform normal daily tasks, it is time for treatment.

Cataracts cannot be treated with medication, dietary changes or eye drops. They will not heal or even improve on their own. Surgery is the only option. Fortunately, modern cataract surgery is low risk and enjoys an excellent success rate. It is relatively non-invasive, often requiring no more than a tiny laser-assisted incision, performed in an outpatient setting.

Eye Medical Clinic is a regional leader in modern cataract surgery. Our own Dr. Mona Bagga is a board-certified ophthalmologist with fellowship training in cataract surgery. She is experienced, having completed more than 10,000 cataract surgeries in her career (so far!) and is a respected regional leader in modern cataract surgery.

Cataract Surgery

Cataract surgery is one of the most common surgeries performed today.
It is regarded as one of the safest and most effective surgeries performed in America, having a 90% success rate (patient has improved vision, between 20/20 and 20/40 following the procedure).

Traditional versus Laser-Assisted Cataract Surgery

The most recent breakthrough in cataract surgery is the introduction of the cataract laser. Eye Medical Clinic is always at the front of the line where new technology is concerned, offering the latest FDA-approved laser cataract technology for your cataract surgery procedure. The experienced, board-certified surgeons believe this technology adds to the safety, accuracy and precision of the procedure.
Laser cataract surgery, like traditional cataract surgery, is a safe procedure in which your eye’s cloudy natural lens is gently removed and replaced with a clear artificial lens implant. But unlike traditional bladed cataract surgery where the incisions are made by hand, the laser automates key steps of the cataract surgery procedure.
Its software system analyzes high-resolution images of your eye, helping your surgeon design and perform a highly customized procedure. To further enhance accuracy, a patient interface connects your eye to the image-guided surgical unit, so both the computer, and the surgeon operating it, have precise, real-time images throughout the entire procedure.

Intraocular Lenses (IOLs)

A monofocal lens is not considered a Premium Lens. It is the basic lens that would be covered by Medicare and private insurance. Although standard cataract surgery has been proven very successful at removing cataracts and replacing the eye’s natural lens with a clear monofocal lens, it is important to know that many people find they still need glasses, bifocals or multifocals in order to achieve their best vision.

Compared to standard intraocular lenses, Premium Lens Implants can greatly reduce or even eliminate the need for glasses after your cataract surgery procedure. It is important to note, however, that unlike traditional cataract technology and surgery options, Premium Lens Implant packages are not covered entirely by Medicare and insurance payers.

Premium Lens Implants

Major advances in lens technology allow people just like you to continue to live your life the way you want to live it – even after cataract surgery. Eye Medical Clinic offers a variety of Premium Lens Implants that can correct your cataracts AND get you out of your glasses or bifocals.

Multifocal Lenses are created to improve distance and near focus, while Toric lenses are designed to correct astigmatism. While there are no lens options that can definitively promise 20/20 vision at all distances, most people who choose a Premium Lens Implant for their cataract surgery procedure at Eye Medical Clinic are glasses-free for most daily activities.

Before the Surgery

Prior to cataract surgery at Eye Medical Clinic, you will have a complete eye examination that includes a thorough medical history. This exam will be performed by one of our experienced board-certified ophthalmologists.

You’ll also have a pre-operative consultation that will include a discussion about your expectations for your vision following cataract surgery. It’s very helpful to come with a list of questions and concerns so that you leave the consultation feeling confident and fully informed about your surgery.

During the Surgery

During your cataract surgery, your Eye Medical Clinic surgeon will make a tiny incision in your eye to remove the cloudy lens and replace it with a clear artificial lens. The new lens can’t be seen or felt and is designed to stay inside the eye permanently. The incision is so small that no stitches are required and it will heal completely on its own. No hospital stay required!
Post-Surgery

Thanks to advances in technology, recovery from cataract surgery is remarkably fast. Most people return to normal activities within 24 to 48 hours of their procedure but strenuous physical activity should be avoided for several weeks. You will not be able to drive home from the procedure and shouldn’t get behind the wheel until you have been given approval by your doctor after a follow-up exam the next day.

The eye may take several weeks to heal completely – your Eye Medical Clinic doctor will guide you through the postoperative process for best results.

Restored Vision, Renewed Outlook

Eye Medical Clinic is proud to offer the latest techniques and technologies in the field of cataract surgery. If you’re ready to take the next steps toward enjoying restored vision and getting back to what it is you like to do with your life, schedule your cataract evaluation today.

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