Cataract Surgery


Cataract Surgery Procedure -

Just what is a cataract? 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.


Cataracts surgery with Dr. Hecht  corrects these symptoms -

• Blurred driving or reading vision
• Light sensitivity
• Glare
• Halos around light
• Glasses not strong enough
• Distorted images


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


How a cataracts surgery restores your vision - 

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.

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.


What type of cataract surgery is right for you

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.


There are many safe type of vision correction surgeries available at Hecht Eye Institute

o Cataract Surgery, including the Crystalens intraocular lens implant
o Phakic Intraocular Lens Implants
o and more

Your vision is as unique as you are and Dr. Hecht provides a complimentary, thorough exam to determine which refractive surgery procedure is right for you.

We encourage you to bring all of your questions to your exam. Our staff loves to answer any questions you may have.

Make an appointment  with Dr. Hecht today!




What is LASIK?

LASIK (Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis) is one of the most popular vision correction procedures and is FDA-approved. Getting LASIK with Dr. Hecht in one of his safe and comfortable offices is one of the best ways to improve your vision.

Using an excimer laser, LASIK safely and permanently changes the shape of the cornea, the clear covering of the front of the eye. The laser is used to create a flap in the cornea. A hinge is left at one end of the flap. The flap is folded back revealing the stroma or the middle section of the cornea.

Pulses from a controlled laser vaporize a portion of the stroma and the flap is replaced, bonding almost instantly and without stitches. Because the surface of the eye is not disturbed, there is little post-operative discomfort, few complications and a quick recovery time.


So what is LASIK in regards to my vision?

You lose your glasses, scratch them, leave them on the bus or plane… glasses just aren’t your thing. And the cost is adding up.

Contact lenses? Hard to put in, you’re always dropping them, you’re always thinking about them when you’re out with friends and want to stay longer, and they tear. The cost is adding up!

If you counted up all of the money, inconvenience and sheer frustration from the years with contact lenses and glasses, you’d have spent a fortune and a lot of time in frustration. Imagine a world where you could simply see at your very best without glasses or lenses. It’s possible with LASIK.


What is LASIK and who is a candidate for LASIK?

Based on the extent of your compromised eyesight and lifestyle, Dr. Hecht performs a thorough assessment. Most people are qualified for LASIK. The best way to find out if LASIK works for you is to talk to Dr. Hecht.

“I was having trouble doing my job. I’m an actor and normally I play the heavy. Most casting directors don’t want a bad guy who wears glasses and action scenes are tricky to pull off with contacts. Dr. Hecht reviewed my health and profession and decided LASIK was perfect for me.

The first time I was on set without needing glasses, I felt a new freedom. I also began booking more jobs. The healing time was quick and I didn’t feel any pain! Dr. Hecht is a great eye doctor.”— Louie


What is LASIK to your life?

Freedom to live your life to the fullest. Dr. Hecht loves to help people see clearer and achieve maximum eye health.

Book your complimentary LASIK consultation with Dr. Hecht today!





Diabetes eye symptoms

Diabetic retinopathy – damage to the blood vessels in the retina.

Cataracts – Clouding of the eye’s lens. Cataracts develop at an earlier age in people with diabetes.

Glaucoma – An increase in fluid pressure inside the eye that leads to optic nerve damage and loss of vision. A person with diabetes is nearly twice as likely to get glaucoma as other adults.


Are you experiencing diabetes eye symptoms?

Diabetes is an inability of the body to produce insulin. Insulin is a hormone that removes sugar from the blood and puts it into cells where it can be used for energy. Without enough insulin, there is too much sugar in your blood. It’s like having a full tank of gas but no key; you have the fuel you need, but can’t access it.

Diabetes affects over 16 million Americans. The most common form of diabetes is adult-onset diabetes. Adult-onset diabetes typically affects people over 40, overweight and who lead a sedentary lifestyle.


Other risk factors associated with diabetes include -

• People with a family history of diabetes
• Certain ethnic groups can be more at risk – African, Native American, Japanese, Latino or Polynesian

But it is important for anyone who is experiencing decreased vision to see Dr. Hecht for a thorough check-up. You may have another type of vision issue and an exam will reveal the exact diagnosis and treatment.

Protect your vision, see Dr. Hecht regularly

Since eye complications are common with diabetes, it is very important that people with diabetes get their eyes examined on a regular basis. The National Eye Institute recommends that people with diabetes get a dilated eye exam at least once a year.


Additional risk factors for diabetic eye disease - 

If you have high blood pressure, you should be treated as hypertension can increase the damage to the eye in people with diabetes. Kidney disease also makes eye damage worse, particularly if you have high blood pressure as well. If you are pregnant, controlling diabetes is vital for both you and your baby.


Smoking - 

There are many new methods to help you stop smoking. Nicotine constricts blood vessels, which can be harmful to a person with diabetes. In addition, doctors believe smoking undoes the good work that good blood sugar control has on the blood vessels.

The good news is that with regular eye check-ups with Dr. Hecht and treatment, blindness from diabetes can be reduced effectively. 


Things to remember about diabetes eye symptoms - 

• Anyone with diabetes can eventually develop diabetic retinopathy
• Vision loss or blindness is preventable through early detection and timely treatment with Dr. Hecht
• Good control of diabetes and regular eye examinations can prevent vision loss
• Take action before you notice any issues with your vision

If you believe you are experiencing diabetes eye symptoms, don’t hesitate to make an appointment with Dr. Hecht in one of his offices.




Eye pressure and glaucoma

First, we should explain just what glaucoma is. Glaucoma is a group of diseases that damage the eye’s optic nerve that can result in vision loss and blindness. The good news is that you can protect your vision against serious loss with early detection and treatment with Dr. Hecht.


Glaucoma symptoms - 

In the very early stages of glaucoma, it has no symptoms. Glaucoma causes no pain and your vision remains normal. Also, glaucoma can develop in one or both eyes. Without diagnosis and treatment, you can slowly lose your peripheral or side vision.

Without treatment, you may not see objects to the side and out of the corner of your eye. Your vision may appear as though looking through a tunnel. Over time, your central vision may decrease and rapidly dim.


There are two types of glaucoma:

Open-angle and acute angle-closure -

• Gradual loss of peripheral vision
• Tunnel vision in the advanced stages

Acute angle-closure glaucoma signs and symptoms:
• Severe eye pain
• Nausea and vomiting (accompanying the severe eye pain)
• Sudden onset of visual disturbance, often in low light
• Blurred vision
• Halos around lights
• Reddening of the eyes


Questions about eye pressure and glaucoma - 

Q: Can I develop glaucoma if I have increased eye pressure?

A: Not necessarily. Just because you have increased eye pressure does not mean you will develop glaucoma. Some people tolerate higher levels of pressure in the eye better than others.

Q: Can I develop glaucoma without an increase in my eye pressure?

A: The short answer is yes. Glaucoma can develop without increased eye pressure. Low-tension or normal-tension glaucoma are types of open-angle glaucoma where even normal pressure levels can result in loss of vision.

That’s why it is very important to have a yearly eye exam.

Q: Who is at risk for open-angle glaucoma?

A: Anyone can develop glaucoma. Some ethnic groups are at higher risk than others such as African Americans and Latinos over 40, and people with a family history of glaucoma but everyone over age 40 and individuals with certain health issues could be at risk.

The simple solution in determining if you have glaucoma is to make an appointment with Dr. Hecht and get a comprehensive glaucoma check.

Protect your vision. Come see Dr. Hecht about eye pressure and glaucoma.



Macular Degeneration


What is Macular Degeneration?

Macular degeneration is a leading cause of vision loss in Americans 60 and older. This eye disease gradually destroys sharp, central vision. Your central vision is essential for seeing objects clearly and for tasks such as reading and driving.

This disease affects the macula, the part of the eye that allows you to see fine detail and causes no pain. The three Hecht Eye Institute offices all provide macular degeneration screenings.  



There are two types of Macular Degeneration - Wet & Dry


In the wet form, newly created abnormal blood vessels grow under the center of the retina. The blood vessels leak, bleed, and scar the retina, distorting or destroying central vision. Vision distortion usually starts in one eye and may affect the other eye later. In contrast to the dry type, vision loss may be rapid in the wet type of macular degeneration.


Dry macular degeneration results from the gradual breakdown of cells in the macula. Central vision becomes gradually blurred. Single or multiple, small, round, yellow-white spots called drusen are the key identifiers for the dry type.

Drusen occur in the back of the eye at the level of the outer retina. Drusen are detected by an examination of the retina in Dr. Hecht’s offices. Dr. Hecht uses specially engineered lenses to detect drusen. The spots usually become visible when people reach their late 30s or older. But they are much more common in people over 70.


Macular Degeneration symptoms -

• Blurred or decreased central close-up and distance vision, which is often delayed because patients sometimes ignore the eye with the worst vision prior to the development of the condition in the previously good eye.
• Blind spots or scotomas
• Straight lines look irregular or bent, called metamorphopsia, and objects appear a different color or shape in each of the eyes.
• Objects may appear smaller in one eye than the other. This may also indicate a swelling and bulging of the macula.

This material only answers the basic question “What is Macular Degeneration?”. To thoroughly understand this disease and to be proactive in your vision health it is in your best interest to see Dr. Hecht for a full screening.

Protect your vision. Book your appointment with Dr. Hecht at Hecht Eye Institute today!