Cataract Surgery

In addition to effective All-laser LASIK surgery, Dr. Ronald N. Gaster, an ophthalmologist in Beverly Hills, California and Huntington Beach, California provides the safest, most advanced techniques and procedures for cataract surgery. Utilizing sophisticated microsurgical techniques, Dr. Gaster offers his patients small incision cataract surgery with the option of Advanced Technology (Premium) intraocular lenses that minimize the necessity of wearing glasses or contact lenses postoperatively. Small incision cataract surgery can reduce the risk of astigmatism after surgery, reduce the risk of hemorrhage, and only requires topical anesthesia for the surgery.

At this time, Dr. Gaster is offering patients Femtosecond Laser-Assisted Cataract surgery as the latest, most advanced procedure for cataract surgery. This new technique uses the Femtosecond Laser to make precise incisions in the cornea instead of using the traditional metal blade and uses the same laser to make incisions in the cataract and to soften or help break up the cataract prior to removal. It is truly the latest and safest method for cataract surgery available. Dr. Gaster is certified to use the Catalys and LenSx lasers for laser cataract surgery.

As a caring ophthalmologist in Beverly Hills and Huntington Beach, California, Dr. Ronald Gaster offers Advanced Technology (Premium) intraocular lenses for his cataract surgery patients, including Tecnis Multifocal, ReSTOR and Crystalens presbyopia-correcting lenses, and Toric lenses to correct astigmatism. His innovative, delicate technique allows patients to enjoy rapid vision improvement and a minimal recovery period.

1. An eye with a dense cataract. 2. The Cataract is broken up and removed from the eye. 3. An intraocular lens is folded and placed where the cataract was. 4. Eye with an intraocular lens after the surgery is complete.

If you are seeking quality cataract surgery from one of the top ophthalmologists in Beverly Hills or Huntington Beach, California, visit Dr. Ronald Gaster today at the Gaster Eye Center.

What is Cataract Surgery?

Eye with a dense cataractCataract surgery is a surgical procedure with an overall excellent success rate. The clouded natural lens is replaced with an artificial lens called an intraocular lens (IOL). It is done on an outpatient basis with topical anesthesia that makes it a painless procedure. One eye is done at a time, with a short healing period in between. After making a very small incision outside your field of vision, your eye surgeon will insert a tiny probe and use ultrasound to break up the clouded natural lens. With suction, the pieces are easily removed, and through the same incision, the IOL is inserted and positioned correctly. This is a crucial point of understanding for patients.

Patients can either have a monofocal Medicare lens which will only correct vision for one distance or they can opt for an upgrade Advanced Technology Premium lens implant that can reduce or eliminate their need for glasses after cataract surgery. Please discuss with Dr. Gaster which Intraocular Lens is best suited for your visual needs.

Cataract Technology

Understanding Intraocular Lenses

The intraocular lens is a foldable lens that slides through an injector tube into the eye and unfolds in the capsular bag. Once the lens is centered, the surgery is complete. Having a discussion with your cataract surgeon on the choice of the best intraocular lens implant for you is suggested. If you have questions regarding lens implants, please feel free to discuss this with Dr. Gaster at your examination.

Multifocal IOLs

Multifocal lens implants are lenses that provide multiple focal points by use of an optical process called diffraction. They are designed to correct presbyopia (near vision loss that occurs with age) in order to provide clear vision at distance, intermediate, and near. Part-time glasses may still be needed after implantation of this type of lens. This type of implant does not correct astigmatism and can create visual effects at night from lights. Generally, patients are not severely bothered by these phenomena.

The Acrysof® IQ ReSTOR® IOL and the TECNIS® Multifocal IOL are two brands of lenses that utilize this technology.

Toric IOLs

Toric lens implants are astigmatism-correcting monofocal intraocular lenses. This kind of lens is designed to fix significant amounts of astigmatism. The goal is to create clear, focused vision at a predetermined location, either distance or near. Most patients opt for sharp distance vision. Reading glasses may still be necessary after implantation of this type of lens. This type of implant is not intended to provide clear distance and near vision simultaneously.

Accommodating IOLs

Accommodating lens implants contain a hinge-type design and are intended to provide clear vision at distance and near. They are designed to allow the optic, or the central circular part of the lens that you see through, to move back and forth as you change focus on images around you, just like your natural lens. Part-time glasses may still be needed after implantation of this type of lens.

Crystalens® and TRULIGN™ are currently the only FDA approved IOLs that utilize this technology. TRULIGN™ is currently the only toric accommodating IOL, meaning it can correct astigmatism while providing clear vision at distance and near.