Cataracts are the most common source of vision loss for those over 40. The American Academy of Ophthalmology reports cataracts affect more than 24 million Americans aged 40 and colder and, by age 75, approximately half of all Americans have cataracts.
Cataract symptoms typically involve a clouding of the lens of the eye over time that affects vision clarity. Surgery is recommended when vision is compromised to the point when the cataract affects everyday activities. With cataract surgery, the ophthalmologist removes the clouded lens and replaces it with a clear artificial lens.
Two ophthalmologists with privileges at Sonoma Valley Hospital offer traditional cataract surgery, Dr. Michael Saidel and Dr. Sophia Schluter. Traditional cataract surgery involves using ultrasound and a small manual incision in the cornea to remove and replace the clouded lens. This procedure is performed on an outpatient basis here in the hospital in less than hour and is considered safe and highly effective.
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