2500 Alton Parkway Ste 102, Irvine, CA 92606
1955 Sunny Crest Dr. Ste 120, Fullerton, CA 92835
Specializing in Cataract, LASIK, and Corneal Refractive Conditions & Treatment

Lawrence C. Chao, M.D.
Board-Certified Ophthalmologist
Fellowship-Trained Cataract & Refractive Eye Surgeon
Serving Orange County since 1997

If you've been told you may have cataracts, we invite you to schedule a cataract consult at Chao Vision Institute. 

You'll have access to the latest information to help you explore your vision options  for cataract and refractive surgery including the LenSx® Laser Technology. You'll learn about alternatives, risks, and rewards. You'll see relevant, clinically driven technology solutions that make coordinating your care seemless, enabling surgical performance at the highest standards.

Are my cataracts ripe?

A cataract is a clouding of the natural lens inside your eye. This natural crystalline lens, located behind the iris, works just like the lens of a camera - focusing light images on the retina, sending images to the brain.  A cataract can be the reason sharp objects become blurred, bright colors become dull, seeing at night is more difficult, or eyeglasses no longer provide clear vision.

Cataracts do not have to be "ripe" or matured before they can be removed. Often, cataract removal can be performed as soon as they interfere with your quality of life.  If you experience one or more of these symptoms, consult a cataract eye surgeon to get a cataract evaluation. 

  • Blurry or foggy vision. 
  • Details are hard to see. 
  • Colors seem dull or muted. 
  • Eye glasses are no longer working. 
  • Light seem overly bright or glaring. 
  • More light is needed for reading. 
  • Decreased night vision.  
  • Halos around lights. 

Millions of people every year undergo cataract surgery, one of the safest and most successful procedures performed today.  After cataract surgery and intraocular lens implantation, objects you couldn't see clearly can be bright, clear, and vivid again. For many people, they haven't seen life so clearly in years.

As with any surgical procedure, there are risks involved.  You and your eye doctor should consider the potential risk and benefits, and determine if cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation is right for you.

Cataract Surgery or Refractive Lens Exchange?

CATARACT SURGERY (KPE) - Cataract removal surgery is generally a simple, outpatient procedure with little discomfort, requiring only a few hours and a topical anesthetic.  The goal is to break the old, cloudy natural lens into pieces, remove the pieces from the eye and insert a replacement intraocular lens to replace the natural lens.

LASER CATARACT SURGERY - The LenSx® Laser (Alcon) is a computer-controlled refractive cataract laser allowing the surgeon to perform several of the most critical steps of cataract surgery.

REFRACTIVE LENS EXCHANGE (RLE) - Select patients may chose to lessen or eliminate their dependence on corrective lenses by removing the natural crystalline lens prior to cataracts maturing. 

After-Cataract Care & YAG Capsulotomy  

After cataract surgery, your vision should be clearer. Sometimes the capsule that holds the new lens become cloudy. This may happen months or years after cataract surgery. When this occurs, your eye surgeon can perform a procedure called Yag Capsulotomy, using a Yag laser to to make a small opening in the capsule.  

"We don't grow older, we grow riper."
- Pablo Picasso

Chao Vision Institute specializes in cataract, LASIK, and corneal refractive vision conditions and treatments.

See Dr. Lawrence Chao for a consult or second opinion if you are considering eye surgery, including Crystalens ™, Visian ICL™, and LASIK surgery in Irvine, Orange County, or the Los Angeles , Riverside, and San Diego areas.

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