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 car windshield. When it becomes difficult to complete your regular activities, cataract surgery may be recommended.

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

Vision Correcting 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 including a toric lens which can be used to correct astigmatism, or a multifocal lens which allows for distance, intermediate, and (sometimes) near focus at the same time. On occasion, a patient will no longer have to wear glasses!

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). Here 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 latest technology to correct cataracts. They will work with you to identify if cataract surgery is needed and to discuss what options and lenses are available to you to meet your vision needs. In no time, you will be back to seeing the beauty of the Napa Valley and Northern California.