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Premium Cataract Surgery
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Learn about your options for premium cataract surgery at California Eye Associates, and get on the road to a glasses-free lifestyle.

Premium Cataract Surgery

When you undergo cataract surgery with Dr. Katerina Kurteeva in Newport Beach, you’ll have a range of options to achieve your desired outcome. Removing the cataract-affected lens is just one step in the comprehensive cataract surgery process.

Trust us to deliver exceptional results using cutting-edge technology. Your vision and well-being are our top priorities, and we look forward to guiding you through this transformative journey.

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What Are Cataracts?

Cataracts are common as we age, causing the eye’s natural lens to become “cloudy” and affecting vision. The lens, made up of water and protein, allows light to pass through to the retina for clear images. However, the lens proteins start clumping together with age, scattering light and resulting in blurred vision.

This natural process, known as cataracts, can affect one or both eyes. It typically begins as mild cloudiness and progresses over time, like a windshield gradually becoming dirtier. Cataracts can make vision more nearsighted and may even allow some individuals to read without glasses, a phenomenon called “second sight.”

While cataracts may affect distance vision, advancements in treatments offer hope. Our compassionate and experienced professionals are committed to providing innovative cataract solutions, using cutting-edge technology to restore clear vision and improve patient well-being. Trust us to address your concerns and deliver positive outcomes through our modern approach to care.

close-up of an eldery woman with a cataract.

Our Approach to Cataract Surgery

At California Eye Associates, we fully understand that the prospect of undergoing cataract surgery can be overwhelming and possibly even daunting. Rest assured, Dr. Katerina Kurteeva and her dedicated team are committed to informing you about every step of the process. Our primary goal is to instill in you complete confidence in our capabilities and create a comfortable environment within our office.

Dr. Katerina Kurteeva possesses a wealth of expertise in cataract surgery. You can be confident that you are receiving care from experienced hands you can trust.

close-up of an eldery woman with a cataract.

Your Cataract Consultation

During your cataract consultation, Dr. Katerina Kurteeva and our dedicated staff will meet with you to discuss your vision goals after surgery. We’ll take the time to understand your hobbies and lifestyle, enabling us to determine how cataract surgery can enhance your quality of life.

We’ll combine this valuable information with details about any pre-existing vision conditions you may have, such as presbyopia, astigmatism, retinal problems, or glaucoma.

Rest assured that our team is committed to providing you with the highest level of care. Dr. Katerina Kurteeva’s expertise, combined with our dedication to innovative treatments, ensures that you’ll receive the best possible outcomes. We understand your concerns or anxieties and are here to address them with compassion and empathy.

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Pre-Operative Testing

Before your surgery, you will receive a comprehensive eye examination conducted by Dr. Kurteeva herself. Our dedicated team of nurses and technicians will perform additional tests, including:

Dr. Kurteeva will personally meet with you to review your test results, discuss your vision goals, and explore the intraocular lens options that will bring you closer to achieving those goals. During your cataract consultation at our office in Newport Beach, she will also explain the significant risks and benefits of cataract surgery.

We prioritize your overall health and well-being before surgery to ensure your readiness for the operating room. We will provide you with information to share with your family doctor so they can fully understand the details of your surgery and address any health concerns that may impact the procedure. If you do not have a family doctor, we can recommend several options for you. We are here to support you every step of the way.

The Cataract Procedure

Cataract surgery is an outpatient procedure performed at our dedicated Newport Bay Surgery Center. Rest assured, our expert surgeon, Dr. Katerina Kurteeva, will personally ensure your comfort and address any anxieties you may have before and during the procedure.

Once you’re in the operating room, the actual surgery time is remarkably short, lasting only 10–20 minutes. To prepare you adequately, we kindly request that you arrive two hours before your scheduled surgery. Our top priority is your care and well-being, and we strive to make your experience as comfortable as possible.

At the state-of-the-art Newport Bay Surgery Center facility, we combine cutting-edge technology with our expertise to deliver exceptional outcomes. You’ll be home before lunch, enjoying the benefits of this innovative treatment.

Eye exam during a cataract surgery in Newport Beach.

The Cataract Surgery Steps

  1. Our team of skilled anesthesiologists will be by your side throughout the entire surgery, ensuring your utmost relaxation with the help of twilight sedation IV medication.
  2. This twilight sedation is administered so that you don’t feel or see anything during the procedure.
  3. The laser-assisted surgery is planned by Dr. Kurteeva to ensure minimal incisions are needed to complete the procedure.

  4. Using the advanced technique of ultrasonic phacoemulsification, the cataract lens will be gently removed through this small incision.
  5. A pre-determined replacement Intraocular Lens (IOL) will be carefully folded, inserted through the incision, and then unfolded inside your eye.
  6. The incisions are expertly designed to be suture-less and self-closing, allowing the eye to heal naturally without additional intervention.

During the procedure, most patients experience minimal discomfort or none at all, and they can resume their normal activities such as driving within a day or two.

If you have cataracts in both eyes, the second cataract surgery will be scheduled after the first eye has started to heal. We understand many patients wish to have their second eye surgery as soon as possible. Dr. Kurteeva will work closely with you to determine the optimal timing.

Post-Operative Steps

After undergoing surgery, it is crucial to arrange for a friend or family member to drive you home due to the IV medication administered during the procedure. Once you are back home, taking the remainder of the day to rest and recover is recommended. Rest assured, we will reach out to you by phone later in the day to ensure that you are comfortable and well.

It is worth noting that discomfort after surgery is typically minimal, and the majority of patients do not require any medication, including aspirin or Motrin, for pain relief. Your well-being and comfort are our utmost priority, and we are committed to providing you with the best care possible.

Restrictions During the Cataract Surgery Healing Period

After your surgery, it is important to follow these guidelines to ensure a smooth recovery:

  1. Refrain from swimming in pools, jacuzzis, and the ocean.
  2. Avoid lifting heavy objects weighing 20 lbs or more.
  3. Steer clear of sudden jarring activities such as golfing, jogging, jumping, and horseback riding.
  4. Early on, it’s okay to go for walks at dawn and sunset, (with adequate sun protection) in order to avoid direct sunlight.
  5. It’s important to stay in town for a couple of weeks so that you can be nearby in the event that you need to see Dr. Kurteeva after the procedure. Do not plan your surgery before travel or important family events. Take this time to practice self care, and give yourself a chance to heal.

On the day after surgery, we request that you visit our office for a follow-up appointment with Dr. Kurteeva. She will ensure that your healing process is progressing well and address any inquiries you may have. Additionally, we kindly ask patients to return for a final post-op visit one month later to complete the recovery process.

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Frequently Asked Questions

woman undergoing eye surgery.

Patients can expect to experience minimal discomfort during surgery and only mild discomfort following the procedure. That is because no sutures are used and the incision is self-healing. Medications for pain relief are rarely necessary, with many patients not even requiring aspirin or Motrin. Our focus on patient care and innovative treatments ensures you will receive the highest level of comfort and the best possible outcomes.

You will receive local anesthesia to ensure your comfort during the procedure. The area around your eye will be meticulously cleaned, and sterile coverings will be placed to maintain a hygienic environment. Your highly skilled cataract surgeon, Dr. Katerina Kurteeva, will make a tiny incision on the cornea.

Through this incision, the cataract lens will be delicately fragmented and removed. Your new Intraocular Lens (IOL) will then be inserted through the same incision and carefully positioned. This entire process typically takes only 10-20 minutes, allowing you to return home shortly after. Rest assured, our focus on patient care and utilization of innovative treatments ensures your well-being throughout the procedure.

After your surgery, you will rest in the recovery room for a short period. For your safety, a friend or family member must drive you home, where you should take it easy for the rest of the day. To protect your eye and support its healing process, we will provide you with a protective eye shield and prescription eye drops to use for a few weeks following the procedure. During the first week, wearing the eye shield is essential when sleeping or napping. This will ensure proper healing and prevent any disturbances.

Not all cataracts need immediate removal unless there are special circumstances. If your cataract hasn’t reached a stage where it significantly impairs your vision, you may choose to live with it. However, it’s important to schedule regular eye exams to monitor the progress of the cataract and ensure proactive eye health care. Discussion of your daily activities with your surgeon will determine the timing of your need for intervention.

The cost of standard cataract surgery and a standard IOL is determined annually by Medicare and most health insurance plans. Typically, they cover 80% of the cost. However, if you opt for an advanced technology IOL to customize your vision, there will be some out-of-pocket expenses. It’s important to note that Medicare does not cover the refractive laser-assisted aspect of the surgery, which means you may still need glasses post-surgery.

Our patients who choose advanced IOLs find that the benefits far outweigh the costs. They can finally enjoy life without the inconvenience of constantly wearing glasses. Investing in your vision is a lifelong commitment, and now is the perfect time to achieve the vision you’ve always desired. You don’t have to settle for the vision you’ve grown accustomed to; innovative solutions are available to enhance your quality of life.

Cataract surgery is widely recognized as one of the safest and most successful medical procedures. However, it is important to remember that all surgeries carry some level of risk. These risks may include: 

  • Swelling
  • Bleeding
  • Retinal detachment
  • Loss of vision
  • Glare
  • Chronic irritation
  • Glaucoma

Before undergoing surgery, Dr. Kurteeva will thoroughly discuss these potential risks with you. Additionally, you will receive an informed consent document outlining many potential risks and complications associated with cataract surgery. This document will allow you to review and understand the information at your own pace and ask any questions you may have before proceeding with the surgery.

When it comes to answering this question, the response varies depending on the specific vision issues you have, cataracts, and the type of replacement lens you choose. Opting for a standard lens typically means you’ll still need to wear glasses after surgery. However, patients who go for multifocal IOLs or extended depths of focus (EDOLs) can usually enjoy a glasses-free life for most activities. 

That being said, if you have had LASIK anytime prior to cataract surgery or have other vision disorders, you may still require glasses. Rest assured, Dr. Kurteeva will ensure that you have realistic expectations for the outcome of your surgery before proceeding with the procedure.

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