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Cataract Surgery at Seibel Vision Surgery

Cataract surgery is a safe, effective procedure designed to restore clear vision by removing the clouded lens and replacing it with an artificial intraocular lens (IOL). At Seibel Vision Surgery in Los Angeles, Dr. Barry S. Seibel, a leading expert in the field, performs cataract surgery using the latest advancements in technology and surgical techniques. Our goal is to provide you with the best possible visual outcomes, tailored to your unique needs and lifestyle.

Steps of Cataract Surgery

  1. Preoperative Evaluation: Before surgery, a comprehensive eye exam is conducted to assess the extent of the cataract and to determine the most suitable IOL for your vision needs. Dr. Seibel will discuss the different types of IOLs available, including options for correcting astigmatism and presbyopia.
  2. Anesthesia: On the day of surgery, you will receive local anesthesia to numb the eye. This ensures that you remain comfortable and pain-free throughout the procedure. Mild sedation may also be provided to help you relax.
  3. Incision: A small incision is made in the cornea, the clear front part of the eye. This incision is typically self-sealing, meaning stitches are rarely needed.
  4. Lens Removal: Using a technique called phacoemulsification, Dr. Seibel employs an ultrasound probe to break up the clouded lens into tiny fragments. These fragments are then gently suctioned out of the eye.
  5. IOL Insertion: Once the natural lens is removed, the selected intraocular lens is carefully inserted through the same incision. The IOL unfolds and is positioned securely in place.
  6. Final Adjustments: Dr. Seibel ensures the IOL is correctly positioned and makes any necessary adjustments to optimize your vision. The tiny incision typically heals quickly without the need for stitches.
  7. Postoperative Care: After the surgery, you will rest in a recovery area for a short period. Detailed postoperative instructions will be provided, including the use of prescribed eye drops to prevent infection and reduce inflammation. Follow-up appointments will be scheduled to monitor your healing and progress.

“When it comes to patient care, we embrace the principles of ’Reach for excellence, not just adequacy,’ and ‘Good enough never is."

– Barry Seibel, MD

Why Choose Dr. Seibel for Cataract Surgery

Dr. Seibel: His approach to ophthalmology prioritizes understanding over just memorization as the driving force in customizing each patient’s experience, from appreciating their goals and concerns to meticulously evaluating each eye separately, and the person as a whole. This immersive approach extends to customizing each moment of surgery, using the principles of his textbook, Phacodynamics, and his surgical instrument inventions, always striving for the best possible results. 

Unparalleled Experience and Rigorous Quality Control: From your initial contact to post-operative follow-ups, we prioritize ensuring an extraordinary journey with us. Every procedure undergoes thorough review, keeping in mind the latest in surgical techniques. Every interaction is tailored to ensure that you have a seamless, reassuring, and comfortable experience. 

Industry Recognition: Esteemed as an expert consultant and surgeon, Dr. Seibel is highly sought after by ophthalmic companies to help assist in the development of new surgical platforms. 

Custom-Tailored Cataract Surgery: Dr. Seibel provides this for each eye of each patient, based on the principles in his acclaimed textbook, Phacodynamics, resulting in the gentlest and most effective surgery during every moment of the procedure, leveraged by sophisticated Dual Linear Pedal control, which is used by only 1% of U.S surgeons. 

What Are the Most Common Symptoms of Cataracts?

Not everyone will experience the same symptoms of cataracts. However, there are some symptoms that are especially common in those who have cataracts.

Common cataract symptoms include poor night vision, a bothersome glare produced by bright lights, painless blurring of vision, and a fading or yellowing of colors. If this develops slowly over a period of years, it might not be immediately noticeable. 

However, your vision will eventually become blurry, like looking through a smudgy piece of glass. You might notice that you are becoming more nearsighted and have difficulty reading.

It’s also common that colors do not appear as brilliant as they once did. If you are experiencing cataract symptoms and are looking for a cataract surgeon in Los Angeles, schedule an appointment at Seibel Vision Surgery.

If you need cataract surgery in Greater Los Angeles or Santa Monica, look no further. At Seibel Vision Surgery, we proudly serve these areas with premier cataract services.

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What Happens During Cataract Surgery?

The restoration of precious eyesight is accomplished every day at Seibel Vision Surgery. After bringing you into the surgery room, your eye doctor will numb the surface of your eye with eye drops.

First, your cataract surgeon will make a tiny incision in your cornea, the clear front covering of your eye, that typically does not require any stitches. This incision is self-sealing, meaning the eye’s natural internal pressure holds the incision tightly closed allowing the eye to heal without stitches. 

Your cataract surgeon will gently break apart your natural lens using ultrasonic vibrations and vacuum out the pieces. Seibel Vision Surgery offers the most modern, state-of-the-art cataract surgical skills, technology, and innovations to achieve your best possible vision.  Laser surgery is an option for patients undergoing cataract surgery; Dr. Seibel was a pioneer in bringing this technology to market.  The cataract procedure will be customized for each eye of each patient based on the principles in Dr Seibel’s critically acclaimed cataract surgery textbook Phacodynamics.

Next, your cataract surgeon will insert the IOL of your choice and position it to sit correctly in your eye. Once your new IOL is positioned, the surgery will be complete.
The time to consider cataract surgery depends on your individual situation. Although you may not need cataract surgery right away after you are diagnosed, your eye doctor will likely recommend cataract surgery once your cataracts begin interfering with your everyday activities.

Eventually, safety considerations may be a factor as well, as a developing cataract will limit your ability to have a normal, independent lifestyle. Cataracts can be hazardous when they substantially interfere with your ability to see street signs and traffic lights, drive at night, step off curbs or steps, recognize faces, cook, iron, or read medicine labels.

For this reason, it is important to regularly visit your eye doctor at Seibel Vision Surgery in Los Angeles, California. By visiting your eye doctor routinely, they will be able to monitor the development of your cataracts and recommend cataract surgery when needed.