Cataract Surgery

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Are you experiencing blurriness or cloudiness in your vision?

Are colors duller than they were when you were younger?

Is it more difficult to read print than it used to be?

Are you struggling to see well enough at night to drive confidently?

You may be experiencing the beginning stages of cataracts. And who wants to waste their prime years with cloudy vision?

ICON Eyecare Grand Junction, a Center of Excellence, is here to help.

Cataracts are a natural part of the aging process, but that doesn’t mean you have to live with them. If you’re over 50 and experiencing blurry vision, loss of color perception or having trouble seeing at night, it might be cataracts. But don’t worry, we can help!

Our surgeons, Drs. Fox and Waggoner, specialize in customized cataract surgery options to restore your clear vision, and with our LifeStyle Lens options, many patients are able to see again at all distances without the need for glasses, bifocals or readers.

We proudly partner with local optometrists! If you have a preferred optometrist already, ask them about co-managing your cataract surgery with us at ICON Eyecare. If you do not have an optometrist, call us at 970-256-0400 and we are happy to help find one near you.

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Get your cataract surgery questions answered and schedule your expert evaluation.

Laser Cataract Surgery

Woman getting cataract surgeryAt ICON Eyecare Grand Junction, we are proud to offer a state-of-the-art laser platform for cataract surgery.

Combining our cataract surgeons’ years of experience with the advanced laser technology takes cataract surgery at ICON Eyecare Grand Junction to a higher level. Benefits of laser-assisted cataract surgery include the opportunity for added safety and precision.

Laser-assisted cataract surgery provides a custom procedure using real-time three-dimensional imaging. The use of the laser potentially makes cataract surgery simpler with fewer complications and faster recovery in many cases.

The laser precision also allows for astigmatism to be treated – if needed – at the time of your surgery.

Laser cataract surgery is a blade-free procedure. Since your surgeon spends less time breaking up the cataract, it may decrease eye irritation and inflammation commonly associated with traditional cataract procedures.

Key Benefits to Laser-Assisted Cataract Surgery

Laser-assisted cataract surgery offers many benefits not found with traditional cataract surgery.

  • A highly customized procedure using advanced 3D imaging
  • Used in conjunction with premium LifeStyle lenses, also known as intraocular lenses (IOLs), to reduce or eliminate dependency on glasses
  • Little or no discomfort
  • Advanced precision
  • Gentler, faster cataract removal
  • Generally, a more rapid recovery of vision due to reduced inflammation
Catalys Precision Laser Cataract Surgery

The Catalys combines a femtosecond laser (like the laser used in Blade-Free LASIK surgery), real-time, three-dimensional imaging and sophisticated software that make the procedure highly customized, gentler and significantly more precise than manual cataract surgery. The laser’s precision also allows your surgeon to correct astigmatism during cataract surgery.

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Premium LifeStyle Lens Options

Inevitably, cataracts are part of getting older. But thanks to amazing advances in lens exchange procedures, they don’t have to slow you down or even cause you to have to modify your lifestyle at ALL!

Intraocular lenses work by replacing the focusing power of your eye’s natural lens. Choosing LifeStyle Lenses gives you the best possible vision. With LifeStyle Lenses, many people never need glasses after cataract surgery, or only wear them occasionally. It is well worth your time to consider a LifeStyle Lens.

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Lifestyle Lenses are designed for people who live active lifestyles and want to reduce or eliminate the need to wear glasses or bifocals after cataract surgery.

LifeStyle Lenses = Freedom!

With ICON Eyecare Grand Junction’s LifeStyle Lenses, we are able to customize each procedure according to the way you use your vision the majority of the time. And this procedure is catered to your individual hobbies and interests.

Whether you love to golf, hike, snow ski, play with your grandchildren or enjoy a good book, we have a procedure that is tailor-made for you.

ICON Eyecare Grand Junction offers many of the latest options in lens technology. Each of these lenses was designed to help maximize your independence from glasses after cataract surgery.

LifeStyle Lenses Overview

Symfony LifeStyle Lenses

Symfony Lifestyle LensThe Tecnis-Symfony is an FDA-approved lens that not only provides clear vision but corrects presbyopia, an age-related condition that causes farsightedness. A toric version of the symfony lens has also been approved for patients with astigmatism.

The Symfony lens was specially designed to prevent some of the more common complications of older lenses, including reduced ability to focus. Clinical studies of the Symfony lens also report reduced incidence of glare and halos.

 

Multifocal LifeStyle Lenses

Tecnis Multifocal LensThe experienced eye surgeons at ICON Eyecare Grand Junction use the latest technology, including the Tecnis Multifocal LifeStyle Lenses because of their proven clinical results when compared to other multifocal implants.

The Tecnis Multifocal LifeStyle Lens performed above other multifocal implants in visual quality, glare and ability to see in low light. In fact, 94% of patients say they would choose this type of LifeStyle lens again.

Tecnis Multifocal LifeStyle Lenses have a design that focuses light from distance, intermediate and near to significantly reduce or even eliminate the need for glasses. Like wearing bifocals, there is a short adjustment period where the brain learns how to use the new optical system effectively.

Toric LifeStyle Lenses

Toric Lifestyle LensToric LifeStyle Lenses work to correct astigmatism, further reducing your dependency on glasses after your cataract surgery. Standard monovision lenses don’t correct astigmatism without additional procedures, so you may still need glasses to see clearly even after cataract surgery.

If you want great vision without glasses, a toric LifeStyle Lens might be right for you.

A consultation appointment with your ICON Eyecare Grand Junction doctor will help determine if you’re a good candidate for a toric astigmatism correcting LifeStyle Lens.

AcoSof IQ ReSTOR

ReStor Lifestyle LensFor individuals who want to enjoy an active lifestyle but who also spend time at the computer or enjoy reading, the amazing ReSTOR lens may be a great solution as it corrects for multiple distances to accommodate lifestyle and activities. It functions like two lenses in one, allowing for near, intermediate and distance vision correction.

In clinical trials, the ReSTOR lens completely eliminated the need for glasses or contacts in 80% of patients who received implants in both eyes. A full 94% of patients involved in clinical trials said they would elect to have the procedure again.

One-Drop Cataract Surgery

If you don’t like simplifying things where possible, skip this section.

But if you are a fan of the phrase “keep it simple”, keep reading.

With standard cataract surgery, patients are required to diligently use multiple different medicated eye drops before and after their procedure to prevent infection and to promote healing. The rigid eyedrop schedules, which can be prescribed up to four times a day for up to a month, are difficult for patients to follow and challenging for doctors to monitor.

The solution?

One-Drop Cataract Surgery at ICON Eyecare Grand Junction. This procedure is designed to simplify your recovery process by reducing the number of drops that are required after surgery.

With One-Drop Cataract Surgery at ICON Eyecare Grand Junction, your surgeon administers a mixture of antibiotic and steroid drops during the procedure so that only one prescription drop needs to be used after surgery, rather than the traditional three. The medication remains in the eye and slowly dissolves over time while the eye is healing, allowing most patients to enjoy a more convenient recovery process with only one prescription eye drop.

Most patients report One-Drop Cataract Surgery reduces:

  • The cost of prescription eye drops since only one is prescribed
  • The confusing eye drop schedule following surgery

One Drop = More Freedom!

At your ICON Eyecare Grand Junction cataract consultation, we can determine if you are a good candidate for One-Drop Cataract Surgery.

Cataract FAQs

What is a cataract?

A cataract is a condition in which the lens of the eye becomes progressively cloudy resulting in blurred vision. As cataracts progress, traditional contacts and glasses are unable to fully correct the vision, and surgery is necessary to replace the natural lens of the eye.

How fast do cataracts progress?

Cataracts that are due to aging generally progress slowly over the course of several years. But those associated with diabetic patients or even trauma to the eye can progress rapidly. It is not possible to predict accurately how rapidly cataracts will progress in any given patient.

Will everyone eventually get cataracts?

It is likely everyone who lives long enough will get a cataract. Most cataracts are related to aging. By age 80, more than half of all Americans either have a cataract or have had cataract surgery.

What are the symptoms of cataracts?

Cataract symptoms include blurry vision with dim or faded colors and sensitivity to bright light. Patients may also notice glare and halos as well as poor night vision. Cataracts often go unnoticed until a doctor discovers them during an exam.

How are cataracts removed?

Cataracts can be removed comfortably, quickly and effectively with surgery. In this surgery, the cloudy lens is removed and an artificial lens is put back in its place. Typically, vision is restored in days. While all surgeries have risks, the success rate of cataract surgery is extremely high. Most patients report minimal to no discomfort.

What results can I expect from my cataract surgery?

In the majority of cataract surgeries, vision is significantly improved immediately after surgery but will continue to improve over the next few days and weeks. In most cases, patients are able to resume normal activities (including work) the day after surgery.

What is the difference between traditional cataract surgery and laser cataract surgery?

The most recent breakthrough in cataract surgery is the introduction of the cataract laser. At ICON Eyecare Grand Junction, we offer FDA-approved laser cataract technology. In the opinion of our surgeons, this adds to the safety, accuracy and precision of the procedure.

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