Cataract Specialist

Cataracts are a clouding of the lens of the eye that may develop with age, and can seriously affect vision. Dr. Kavita Surti at Citrus Valley Eye Care will help you manage cataract symptoms and determine if you’ll need surgery in the future. Although her practice is in Covina, California, Dr. Surti's patients come from all over the San Gabriel Valley. Those treated for cataracts experience clearer vision, more vivid colors, and renewed enjoyment of everyday activities.

Cataract FAQ

What is a cataract?

A cataract is a clouding of the normally clear lens of your eye. Looking through a cloudy lens is like trying to see through a frosty or fogged-up window. Clouded vision can make it more difficult to read and drive a car — especially at night. Most cataracts develop slowly, and as the clouding progresses, the cataract eventually interferes with your vision. Early on, stronger lighting and eyeglasses can help you deal with the vision changes. If impaired vision interferes with your normal lifestyle, though, you’ll need surgery. Fortunately, cataract removal is generally a safe, effective procedure.

What are cataract symptoms?

Symptoms of cataracts include:

  • Clouded, blurred, or dim vision
  • Increasing difficulty with vision at night
  • Sensitivity to light and glare
  • Halos around lights
  • The need for brighter light for reading and other activities
  • Frequent changes in eyeglasses or contact lens prescription
  • Fading or yellowing of colors

What is the treatment for cataracts?

Today, because surgical techniques have improved and the risks from cataract surgery are much lower, Dr. Surti generally recommends surgery when cataracts begin to affect your quality of life or interfere with your ability to perform normal daily activities. Cataract surgery is highly successful; of the 1.3 million people who undergo it, 95% report significant improvements in vision following the procedure.

How is the cataract removed?

Dr. Surti uses the most advanced surgical technique available to remove cataracts: no-shot anesthesia along with no-stitch and no-patch surgery. It's generally done on an outpatient basis, usually with local anesthesia. The incision is sutureless and the lens is removed with an instrument and machine that uses high frequency sound waves to break up the lens and suction it out. Dr. Surti then inserts an artificial intraocular lens (IOL) of your choice. The surgery typically lasts less than 30 minutes and you return home the same day as the procedure. You’ll be given drops to use at home until the next day’s examination.

What are my options for intraocular lens implantation?

You’ll discuss your specific needs with Dr. Surti, and she’ll evaluate your vision health to determine the best options for you. The options include:

  • Monofocal
  • Astigmatic Correcting Lens/ Acrysoft toric or Tecnis Toric
  • Multifocal Lens/ Tecnis or Restor
  • Depth of Focus lens/ Symfony
  • Depth of Focus lens with astigmatic correction/ Symfony Toric

 What if I have cataracts and glaucoma?

Dr. Surti can address both conditions together. You can have an iStent — a tiny device used to treat mild to moderate glaucoma — implanted at the same time as cataract surgery. The istent provides a permanent opening through the natural drainage systems of your eye, allowing fluid to drain which reduces the pressure on your optic nerve.

What can I expect from the surgical experience?

Cataract surgery is highly successful. Of the 1.3 million individuals who undergo cataract surgery every year in the United States, 95% experiences a significant improvement in vision following the procedure. Now with several options for intraocular lenses, like the ability to correct astigmatism and the ability to see at all distances, Dr. Surti's patients experience clearer vision, more vivid colors and renewed enjoyment of everyday activities (reading, driving, working and hobbies).

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