Cataracts: A Patient's Guide to Treatment

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If you are concerned you may have cataracts or have been diagnosed with them—get detailed and understandable answers to your questions with Cataracts: A Patient’s Guide to Treatment, Second Edition.

Even though cataract surgery is performed several million times a year, it is common for patients to have questions, concerns, and misconceptions when it comes to surgery.

One of the country’s foremost cataract experts, Dr. David F. Chang, walks the patient through the procedure and explains why cataracts form, how they are diagnosed, how they are treated, and what other eye conditions may affect cataract surgery.

A few of the questions answered inside Cataracts: A Patient’s Guide, Second Edition:
· How are cataracts diagnosed?
· How do I know if I should have cataract surgery?
· What kind of anesthesia is used during surgery?
· Which of the intraocular lens implant options should I choose?
· What is the role of lasers in cataract surgery?
· What is the recovery like after surgery?
· Will I still need glasses or contacts after surgery?
· Can I have surgery if I have glaucoma or other eye conditions?

After reading Cataracts: A Patient’s Guide, Second Edition, you will be able to make a well informed decision about cataract surgery, and will understand much more about the range of artificial lens implant options that can get you seeing clearer once again.

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About the Author:

David F. Chang, MD, is a clinical professor of ophthalmology at the University of California, San Francisco, and has a private practice specializing in cataract surgery in Los Altos, California. Dr. Chang graduated from Harvard College and earned his medical degree from Harvard Medical School.    

An internationally acclaimed cataract expert, Dr. Chang is the recipient of the highest international awards for cataract surgery from the American Academy of Ophthalmology (Kelman Lecture), the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (Binkhorst Medal), the Asia Pacific Association of Cataract & Refractive Surgery (Lim Medal), the Canadian Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (Award of Excellence), the United Kingdom and Ireland Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgery (Rayner Medal), the Indian Intraocular Implant & Refractive Society (Gold Medal), and the Italian Ophthalmological Society (Strampelli Medal). In 2006, he became the third ophthalmologist to ever receive the Charlotte Baer Award honoring the outstanding clinical faculty member at the University of California, San Francisco Medical School.    

Serving as president in 2012, Dr. Chang is on the executive committee of the American Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgery (ASCRS), the largest international specialty organization for cataract and refractive surgeons. He also chairs the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s national committee, which writes the clinical guidelines for cataract surgery that are used in the United States and in many foreign countries. Dr. Chang serves on the medical advisory board of 4 global humanitarian organizations: the ASCRS Foundation, Himalayan Cataract Project, Help Me See, and Project Vision. Through the latter, he cofounded a program for American ophthalmologists to teach modern cataract techniques to eye surgeons working in charity eye hospitals in China.   

Dr. Chang is the author/editor of 4 best-selling textbooks on cataract surgical techniques for ophthalmologists. Mastering Refractive IOLs covers advanced lens implants such as multifocal, accommodating, and toric lenses and is considered the most comprehensive textbook on the subject. He served for 5 years as Chief Medical Editor of Cataract &Refractive Surgery Today, and is currently the Chief Medical Editor for EyeWorld, a leading trade journal that has a global circulation of more than 30,000 ophthalmologists. Dr. Chang is in the current national edition of Best Doctors in America and is listed by Beckers as one of the top 39 ophthalmologists in the United States.

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