A cataract is the clouding of the eye’s natural lens. Most cataracts develop with advancing age, typically between ages 60-80. People with cataracts see the world as if through a dirty window, making daily activities more difficult.

Cataract eye surgery is a very common and medically necessary procedure.  Dr. Zhu uses femtosecond laser technology to perform cataract surgery without use of a blade. During laser cataract surgery, your cloudy lens is removed and replaced with a clear lens safely and comfortably. You may also be a candidate to correct your nearsightedness, farsightedness,  astigmatism, and/or presbyopia at the same time. 

Lifestyle lenses are a premium lens option that offers a more functional range of vision and are designed to reduce the need for distance and reading glasses so that you can lead a more active lifestyle. Dr. Zhu uses the most advanced technology available today and can discuss with you all the different options to see which is the best for you.

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Another Monday—Another week to be AWESOME 😎. My practice is actually closed on Mondays, but I (happily) drive through LA traffic to staff residents in the cataract OR at USC. Residents spend their final year of residency perfecting this beautiful but dangerously precarious dance 💃🏻 as follows: 1️⃣ The cataract (a hard, cloudy lens) is skillfully broken up and vacuumed out using a tiny ultrasound tip through a microscopic self-sealing incision. The more advanced the cataract is, the more difficult it becomes to remove the cataract without damaging the cornea or the 2-micron capsule (6x thinner than Saran Wrap 😱) that suspends the cataract away from the back of the eye (danger zone 🚧 💀). 2️⃣ A new artificial lens is then inserted into the intact capsule. The lens power is specifically calculated for the patient’s eye and erases any prescription (myopia, hyperopia, or astigmatism) they may have had. There are advanced lenses that also correct near vision (which fades with age), so goodbye to reading glasses 👓 too! 3️⃣ At my practice, I use a LASER instead of a blade to do some of the steps above to increase precision and safety. But all residents must first learn the fundamentals of doing cataract surgery manually 😉. —— In the hands of a skilled surgeon, cataract surgery is very safe and life-changing. It’s the most commonly performed surgery in the world and one of my favorite surgeries to do 😊. What’s your favorite procedure to learn or do?

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