Cataract Surgery
Co-Management

Even if you’ve had 20/20 vision all your life, cataracts, glaucoma, and macular degeneration can sneak up on you with no warning at all. With regular checkups we can discover these problems early, when they’re easier to treat. Left to progress unchecked, cataracts, glaucoma and macular degeneration could eventually rob you of your sight forever. “The best is yet to be” and we’ll help you to see life in all of its glory!

Cataract Surgeons, You Can Count On

Arvada Vision & Eye Clinic provides cataract surgery co-management services to patients throughout Arvada, CO, and the surrounding areas. Our medical eye care services include treatment for cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration, dry eyes, diabetic eye disease, and more. When you choose us for co-management cataract surgery, you can rest assured that you are in qualified and capable hands.

What is Cataract Surgery?

Cataract surgery is a common eye surgery that is performed to remove a cataract. A cataract can occur when the normally clear lens of the eye becomes clouded. Cataract eye surgery is a quick, painless procedure that is performed while the patient is awake. Often, the cloudy lens is replaced with an artificial lens. Cataracts can impair one’s vision, so surgery is often performed to help restore it.

The Types of Cataract Surgery

There are two types of cataract surgery, phacoemulsification cataract surgery and extracapsular. Below, we’ve gone into detail about each type of cataract surgery:  

  • Phacoemulsification Cataract Surgery – Also called small-incision cataract surgery, phacoemulsification is the most common procedure for cataracts. The ophthalmologist performing the operation starts by making a small opening next to the eye’s outer corner. This opening is made so the clouded lens can be extracted. A small probe produces high-frequency sound waves that dissolve the hard part of the cloudy lens. The fragments are then removed with an additional probe that provides suction through the same opening.
 
  • Extracapsular Cataract Surgery – If the phacoemulsification technique isn’t a good option for you – for example, if your cataract is advanced and deemed too dense to break apart easily – then your ophthalmologist may suggest the extracapsular technique. During this surgery, a larger opening is made in the top part of the eye. The lens is not broken and then removed but is rather removed in one piece. An artificial or manufactured lens is then inserted.
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What to Expect During Cataract Surgery

During cataract surgery, you will be awake. Still, our ophthalmologist performing your procedure will ensure your eye is numbed with medication so that you won’t feel any pain. If you are struggling to relax, your ophthalmologist can also provide you with something to help. Typically, cataract surgery will take less than an hour to complete. A small incision will be made on your eye and a tiny tool will either break up the cataract into pieces and remove the pieces or it will remove the entire cataract at once, depending on the type of cataract surgery you are undergoing.

Next, a new lens – made of plastic, silicone, or acrylic – will be placed into the eye, and the incision will be closed. Patients don’t need to stay overnight after their procedure, but they will need someone to be able to take them home after the fact. Two separate surgeries will likely be needed for patients with cataracts in both eyes. This allows the first eye to heal fully before the second is operated on.

What to Expect After Cataract Surgery?

After cataract surgery, patients can expect their vision to begin improving within a few days. However, vision may be blurry initially as the eye adjusts and heals. After surgery, colors may seem brighter, and patients may experience some itching and mild discomfort for a few days. After a few days have passed, if most of the itching and mild discomfort haven’t disappeared, reach out to your eye doctor and avoid rubbing your eye in the meantime.

You may also experience some tearing and find it challenging to see well in a brightly-lit area. It’s normal for most patients to need glasses for some time following the procedure as well. Between one to three months after surgery, your eye doctor will inform you when your eyes are healed enough for a final prescription. After eight weeks, the eye should be fully healed.

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Pre-Operative Counseling & Post-Operative Exams

At Arvada Vision & Eye Clinic, we offer pre-operative and post-operative exams for patients with cataracts who have elected to undergo cataract surgery. During a pre-operative counseling session, your ophthalmologist will talk with you about the risks and benefits of cataract surgery, including possible cataract surgery complications and recovery from cataract surgery. A post-operative eye exam will typically take place between three to six weeks after surgery. During this exam, your eye doctor will confirm you are well-healed and stable and provide a final post-operative prescription.

Why Choose Arvada Vision & Eye Clinic?

Since 1967, the Arvada Vision & Eye Clinic professionals have served the vision-related needs of patients throughout Arvada, CO, and the surrounding areas. With our integrated approach to eye care and extensive expertise, you can rely on our optometrists, ophthalmologists, and certified opticians to prescribe and provide the best in glasses, contact lenses, medication, or surgery.

Our services are tailored to the individual patient’s unique needs because we understand that eye care isn’t one-size-fits-all. For more than 50 years, Arvada Vision & Eye Clinic has been a local leader in primary eye care services and treatment. We are constantly investing in new technologies and expanding our eye clinic with highly-trained and -experienced professionals.

Contact Our Optometrists in Arvada Today

If you suffer from pesky cataracts and are tired of seeing the world through a clouded lens, the professionals at Arvada Vision & Eye Clinic in Arvada, CO can help. We offer a wide range of services, including optical, lenses, and medical eye care. Contact us today to make an appointment with our team or schedule a consultation with us regarding cataract surgery. Our ophthalmologists have performed countless cataract procedures and would be happy to perform yours. We are committed to ensuring the comfort and satisfaction of every one of our valued patients.

Mission | Vision | Values

Our entire Arvada optometry staff is committed to ensuring the comfort and satisfaction of each and every patient. We will do our best to accommodate your busy schedule by finding appointment times that meet your needs. Our knowledgeable staff at Arvada Vision & Eye Clinic will work with you to help you understand your vision insurance coverage and provide financial alternatives to ensure you get the best vision care possible.

Meet Our Doctors

We offer an integrated approach to medical eyecare, incorporating the expertise of our Optometrists, ophthalmologists, and certified Opticians. Together, we prescribe and provide the best in glasses, contact lenses, medication, or surgery. We tailor our treatment recommendations to each patient’s individual lifestyle and visual requirements.

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