PENINSULA CATARACT & LASER CENTER - Ambulatory Surgery Center
When the surgery center opened in September, 1991, it was the first outpatient Eye Surgery Center of its kind in the area. Peninsula Cataract & Laser Center is Medicare approved and certified by The Joint Commission, which required extensive onsite surveys of our facility and services. Since the Surgery Center opened, we have performed over 40,000 cataract, glaucoma, retina and eyelid plastic surgery procedures.
There are four main goals that we want to achieve for our patients:
- We want to be able to give our patients the highest quality surgery.
- We want the surgery to be pain free and comfortable.
- We want to keep the cost as low as possible.
- We want our patients to be able to go back to their normal activities as quickly as possible.
Our team approach starts with our scheduling and business staff, who make the appointments and assist with insurance. Our technicians do the preliminary testing and assist in pre-surgery patient evaluation. The surgery center itself is staffed with scheduling secretaries, pre-op, post-op and circulating registered nurses, and operating room technicians.
Good eyesight is priceless. Cataracts, which are a part of normal aging, occur with a clouding of the lens inside the eye. The lens is located directly behind the iris, the colored part of the eye. The dark round hole in the iris is called the pupil and allows light to pass through the lens to the back of the eye. A cataract operation is a procedure to remove this cloudy lens and replace it with a new lens, called an intraocular lens, or a lens implant.
Cataracts cause blurred or dimmed vision, halos around lights or difficulty seeing in bright sunlight. There is also a loss of contrast sensitivity and color perception. Since these changes are very gradual, most people often do not realize how much their vision has been reduced.
The most common question that we are asked is when is a cataract ripe? With modern equipment, we can remove a cataract at any stage. So the question is really when should we perform the surgery? This is a decision the patient and Ophthalmologist normally make together. The decision is generally based on the symptoms that include glare, difficulty reading, driving, or trouble recognizing people’s faces across a room. Basically, the surgery is performed when the vision is blurred enough that it is interfering with the patient’s normal activities.