It’s pretty simple—nobody wants less than the best possible vision.

“Approximately 24.5 million in America have cataracts, a leading cause of blindness in the United States. Cataract surgery remains the most effective way to help restore vision for those with cataracts” as published by the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

As one of the leading eye surgeons in the country, Dr. Eva Liang and Center For Sight are performing ground breaking laser-assisted cataract surgery. With only a small percentage of surgeons trained to perform this procedure, Center For Sight is proud to bring this medical technology to patients in Southern Nevada. The FDA-approved, computer guided laser implements the most advanced cataract removal system available. Thanks to huge medical advances, cataract surgery is one of the safest and most successful procedures performed today. Center for Sight offers both conventional and laser assisted surgery options.

The goal of cataract surgery is to break the old, cloudy lens into pieces, remove these from the eye, and insert an artificial lens to replace the natural lens. In conventional surgery, the ophthalmologist accomplishes these tasks by making an incision with a blade and then using instruments about the size of a pen tip. With the Laser technology these incisions are performed with computer guided precision, treats astigmatism and softens the lens.

Eva Liang, M.D. is a board-certified Ophthalmologist and Refractive Surgeon for the past 15 years. Born in Taipei, Taiwan, and raised in Honolulu and Las Vegas, Dr. Liang earned her undergraduate degree from Loyola Marymount University and her medical degree from the University of Nevada School of Medicine. Dr. Liang’s postgraduate training included an internship at the University of Hawaii Integrated Transitional Program followed by an ophthalmology residency at Temple University Hospital. Dr. Liang is an active member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery and the American College of Surgeons.

“The exciting thing about ophthalmology is that we have a lot of new technology being introduced,” said Dr. Liang. “There are so many more options today including laser assisted cataract surgery, premium intraocular lens implants, and micro-invasive glaucoma stents.”

According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, there is an estimated 3 million cataract surgeries per year. Benefits include 40 percent lower mortality rates, 16 percent lower odds of hip fractures and 13 percent reduction in car accidents with younger people opting for this surgery. The cost has decreased by 85 percent from 1985 to 2012 with an adjustment for inflation.

Even with previous LASIK or other laser vision correction, individuals can still have cataract surgery. In planning for cataract surgery, patients should provide the doctor with the vision correction prescription before LASIK, if possible. This information will help the doctor calculate the correct IOL prescription.

Most people consider their sight to be the most important of our five senses. If someone had to lose a sense, most people would be afraid to lose their sight. It is important to have your eyes examined regularly as many health conditions can lead to eye problems. If a patient is making an important decision about eye surgery, it is important to understand the procedure and the options available. There is not one solution that is best for everyone. For more information, call 702.724.2020 or visit centerforsightlv.com.

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  1. That’s a much higher figure than I was expecting. If almost 24 million Americans have cataracts, I expect cataract surgery to be a well-practiced science. I don’t have cataracts now, but I’m paranoid about developing them since they seem to run in my family. At least there are options even if you do develop them.

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