Cataract Surgery

Board Certified Ophthalmologist located in Irvine, CA

Cataract Surgery services offered in Irvine, CA

If you suffer from blurry vision, haziness, or vision with muted color, you may need cataract surgery. Board-certified ophthalmologist Andrew Lee, MD, with fellowship training at the world-renowned Stein Eye Institute in Los Angeles, California, performs cataract surgery routinely at Irvine Eye Center in Irvine, California. Under Dr. Lee’s experienced care, you can rediscover clear vision through new, customizable intraocular lenses. Call the office to schedule a surgical consultation or book an appointment online today.

Cataract Surgery Q&A

What are cataracts?

Cataracts are a clouding that results when the lens of your eye becomes foggy. A healthy lens is clear, which allows you to see sharp details in your visual field; however, when you have cataracts, your sight may be impacted by blurriness, haziness, or dull vision with less color. 


Some other possible symptoms of cataracts are:


  • Light sensitivity
  • Decreased night vision
  • Less ability to see bright colors
  • Double vision


The most common cause of cataracts is aging. As you age, the proteins in your eye may break down and cloud the lens. You can also get cataracts because of diabetes, smoking, eye injuries, and sun damage. 

What is cataract surgery?

Irvine Eye Center offers cataract surgery from fellowship-trained practitioners to treat a cloudy lens. Using the latest diagnostic and surgical technology, your surgeon identifies a cataract and surgically removes it from your eye so you can see clearly again. 


Cataract surgery is an outpatient procedure you can get from your ophthalmologist. During the treatment, your surgeon removes the lens of your eye and replaces it with an intraocular lens (IOL). There are many options for IOLs, which your ophthalmologist will discuss with you ahead of time. You can get the following:


  • Silicon IOLs
  • Plastic IOLs
  • Acrylic IOLs
  • IOLs to correct astigmatism
  • IOLs that block ultraviolet (UV) light
  • Multifocal IOLs
  • Monofocal IOLs


Irvine Eye Center describes the benefits of every IOL option and feature to help you make the right decision regarding your cataract surgery. 

When is cataract surgery necessary?

It’s possible to live with or manage some cataracts without getting surgery, but there are several circumstances where cataract surgery is necessary. While planning treatment, your ophthalmologist considers your overall health, eye health, age, and lifestyle.


Irvine Eye Center may recommend cataract surgery when:


  • You have trouble driving because of cataracts
  • A cataract interferes with treatment for another eye condition
  • You struggle to read or watch television because of a cataract
  • Your vision decline reduces your independence


After your initial diagnosis, your ophthalmologist might suggest monitoring the condition over time instead of immediately getting surgery. 


Call Irvine Eye Center or schedule an appointment online for more information on cataract surgery today.