Cataracts

A cataract is a cloudy lens in the eye. A healthy lens is clear and allows light to pass to the back of the eye. A cataract blocks some of the light. The clouding of the lens from the cataract makes it increasingly difficult to see. Dr. Hecht performs many types of vision correction surgeries including cataract surgery.

Types of cataracts -

  • Nuclear – Occurs in the center of the eye

  • Cortical – Begins as wedge-shaped spokes in the cortex or outer portion of the lens

  • Subcapsular – Starts as a small opacity under the capsule (the outer membrane of the lens) and develops slowly


Cataract Symptoms:

  • Blurred driving or reading vision

  • Light sensitivity

  • Glare

  • Halos around light

  • Glasses not strong enough

  • Distorted images

Cataract Surgery

Cataract surgery is the most commonly performed medical treatment for people 65 and older in the United States. Once a cataract reduces your vision, there are no medications, eye drops, glasses or exercises that will reverse it.

Cataract surgery, through a tiny incision, is the only way to remove a cataract. The cataract is fragmented and removed with gentle suction, and a new, permanent lens (an intraocular lens implant) is put in its place.

Cataract removal is one of the safest and most effective surgical procedures. In fact, more than 3 million cataract surgeries are performed each year with Dr. Hecht performing hundreds of them annually.

Surgery uses no sutures, involves no bleeding, and is virtually painless. Dr. Hecht performs the surgery in the South Bay/Torrance, Marina del Rey and Beverly Hills areas. Although visual recovery may rarely take up to several months to stabilize, most people can resume normal activities within a day or two. 

Dr. Hecht did wonders for my eyes. I knew I was having cataracts. The right one was giving me problems, and he put in the Crystalens. It was so good, I said, ‘Let’s do the other one.’ I can see so much better. I can see 100% better. I had no pain. It was wonderful. I was so happy with him I would recommend to anybody.
— Jim H.

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