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Cataracts & Cataract Surgery

When the natural lens of the eye gets cloudy, it is called a cataract.  With a cataract, things become hazy, blurry or less colorful; objects look as if they appear through a foggy or dusty windshield.  When it becomes difficult to complete your regular activities of daily living, cataract surgery is recommended.

Cataract surgery removes the cloudy lens from one’s eye and replaces it with a clear artificial lens, know as an intraocular lens (IOL).  A standard IOL provides excellent vision correction, but will not provide correction for astigmatism.  Cataract surgeries have a 98% success rate and patients are often able to return to normal routines with 24 hours.

Vision Correcting Lenses and Extended Depth of Focus (EDOF) Lenses

Premium lenses, which provide an alternative to a standard IOL, are offered for an additional fee. These lenses provide patients with different options for vision correction. For example, a toric lens corrects astigmatism. Extended Depth of Focus (EDOF) lenses allow for distance, intermediate and near vision ability. These are lifestyle lenses designed to allow spectacle independence for a majority, if not all, of your activities.

The latest addition to our surgeons’ portfolio of presbyopia-correcting lenses is Alcon’s VIVITY IOL. Vivity is the first of its kind, non-diffractive extended depth of focus IOL with ALCON’s proprietary non-diffractive X-WAVE technology, which stretches and shifts light without splitting it. Vivity delivers monofocal-quality distance (far) with excellent intermediate (at arm’s length) and functional near vision (up close). Hear what one of the first patients to receive this lens has to say:

Our ophthalmologists at the Eye Care Center of Napa Valley have the expertise and the latest technology to correct your cataracts.  They will carefully work with you to tailor the best lens for your vision needs.  Soon you will once again be able to see the vibrant colors and details that you once enjoyed in our beautiful valley.