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Cataract Surgery: The Path to Clearer Vision

Cataract surgery is a surgical procedure to remove the clouded lens of your eye‘s lens, and in most cases, replace it with an artificial lens. An ophthalmologist can perform cataract-removal surgery and it is generally a safe procedure.

Do you think cataract surgery is scary? There’s no reason to be frightened. According to the AARP, most patients say that cataracts don’t interfere with daily activities. However, after the procedure, 62% report clearer vision and a higher quality of life. Many adults in their 60s and 70s develop cataracts and undergo cataract surgery. 

At Swagel Wootton Eye Institute, we perform this minimally invasive technique on hundreds of patients every year. It takes about 15 minutes and cataract patients can go home after the procedure. Do you wonder if you need cataract surgery? Many cataracts don’t require immediate surgery. Start by setting up an appointment at our offices in Mesa or Chandler for an assessment of your vision as soon as you notice light sensitivity or blurry vision.

If you experience the following cataract symptoms, you may need cataract surgery:

  • Have your doctor run tests if your vision becomes blurry or you experience vision loss. 
  • Talk to your eye doctor about the hardness or softness of your cataracts to find out if you qualify for surgery. A hard (or “ripe”) cataract removal is often easier. 
  • For soft cataracts that don’t cause vision problems, ask your doctor if you need cataract eye surgery right away. 
  • Understand your options for cataract versus laser cataract surgery. 
  • Can you still read, work, drive and live your life? If a cataract interferes with your daily activities, you may need cataract removal surgery.
  • It is also recommended if your cataract interferes with treating another eye condition or eye disease.

Our cataract surgeons in Arizona perform traditional cataract surgery or laser cataract surgery. These surgeries are similar in many regards but laser surgery isn’t covered by all insurance carriers and cost more to perform. 

Traditional cataract surgery is also called phacoemulsification. Your cataract surgeon uses a scalpel to make an incision in your cornea. They then insert another tool through this incision to reach the lens capsule. The surgeon softens the cataract using ultrasound waves and removes the pieces. You also get a new intraocular lens to restore your vision. 

In laser cataract surgery, we use a camera to record information about the surface of your eye. Your eye surgeon then uses a computer-assisted LenSx Cataract Laser to remove the cloudy lens through a tiny incision. The incision is much smaller than the one used in traditional cataract surgery. Laser-assisted cataract surgery allows much more flexibility. After the artificial lens is in place, the surgeon can use an intraoperative aberrometry tool to customize your results. 

Traditional cataract surgery takes 15 minutes on average, while laser cataract surgery takes 20 minutes.

At Swagel Wootton Eye Institute, our surgeons provide industry-leading care to every patient. We start with a thorough consultation to help you determine whether standard cataract surgery might work for you. To better understand the options available, contact us today to schedule a consultation.

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