Dr. Jane Semel, an El Segundo ophthalmologist, would like to remind Californians that although 20.5 million Americans age 40 and older have cataracts, they don’t have to live with vision loss from the condition.

A cataract is a natural aging factor that affects the lens inside the eye; clouding over the eye’s normal lens, and over time blocks the passage of light needed for clear vision.

Once the cloudy lens is removed and replaced with a new lens most patients are able to see clearly again.

Semel tells patients, “No one should live with vision loss from cataracts. New techniques and technology over the past decade have helped make cataract surgery one of the most successful and commonly performed surgeries available for restoring a person’s vision; and in many cases it will reduce or eliminate a patient’s need for glasses afterwards.

“Today, cataract removal is at an entirely new level. It’s performed as an outpatient procedure with no stitches, no shots and under local anesthesia (eye drops) and in most cases a portion is covered by a patient’s medical insurance,” Semel added.

For more information about Semel and some of the most advanced technology offered today, www.semelvision.com, or call the office of Jane Semel, M.D. to schedule a cataract evaluation at (310) 641-1700.

Semel’s office is at 390 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Ste. 1100, El Segundo.

Information provided by Semel Vision and Aesthetics