Cataracts

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Cataract Care

ICON Eyecare’s board certified surgeons have performed thousands of cataract procedures. In addition to this breadth of experience, ICON Eyecare has one of the most advanced eye surgery centers in Colorado and Texas. If you’re having trouble reading, seeing in the distance, or if you notice difficulty with night vision, it may be due to cataracts. Cataracts are very common and start to develop as early as 50 years of age. In some instances, ICON Eyecare can offer same day cataract consult appointments before scheduling your cataract surgery. We want to take care of your vision as fast as possible so you can get back to living a happy and fulfilling life. We accept nearly all insurance plans.

Cataracts: An Introduction

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LASER | CHOICE Cataract Surgery — A New Standard of Cataract Treatment

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ICON Eycare’s surgeons have developed a premium cataract treatment protocol for the treatment of cataracts. LaserChoice Cataract surgery provides the very best option for patients that seek laser precision and the potential to reduce the need for glasses after surgery.

1. Improved Measurement Precision using either LENSTAR or IOL Master 500 Optical Biometry
2. Premium Intraocular Lenses that can reduce the need for glasses
3. Femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery that improves the precision and consistency of surgical outcomes
4. Dedicated eye care surgery centers with the latest technology and care teams that exclusively specialize in eye care
5. Surgical specialists with more than 200,000 successful surgeries performed since 1999

  • What Causes Cataracts?

    Cataracts can be caused by trauma or excessive exposure to ultraviolet light; but normally cataracts develop due to natural changes in the lens of the eye that over time, which causes the lens to become cloudy and lose its clarity. When the lens is no longer clear, and vision is disrupted, the lens is said to have developed a cataract.

    A cataract is one of the most common causes of vision loss among the elderly, but unlike other eye conditions it can be corrected in almost all cases. While the elderly are more prone to developing cataracts, it can also affect young adults and children. Many people do not realize that they have a cataract in the early stages. Cataract symptoms include gradual clouding of vision, blurring or dimming of sight and the challenge of glare and halos at night. The condition worsens slowly over months and years, but cataract surgery can correct the problem.

  • Cataract Symptoms

    Because our vision tends to weaken with age, separating the symptoms of naturally aging eyes from the beginning signs of cataract development can be difficult. Getting regular eye exams, especially if you’re over 55 years of age, is important to early cataract detection.

    Some symptoms and signs associated with cataracts include:

    • Blurry vision
    • More light required to read
    • Problem with glare from bright light
    • Night driving becomes difficult due to glare from lights
    • Increased eyestrain
    • Seeing double with one eye open
    • Filmy, foggy or cloudy vision
    • Colors faded or yellowish
    • Frequent changes in eyeglass prescription
    • A new ability to see up close without using reading glasses, often called ‘second sight’
  • How are Cataracts Removed?

    Cataracts can be removed comfortably, quickly, and effectively with a surgery. In this surgery (which uses phacoemulsification), the lens of the eye is painlessly broken into pieces, removed, and an artificial lens is put in its place. Typically, vision is restored in days following cataracts surgery. While all surgeries have risks, the success rate for cataract surgery is extremely high. Surgery is typically very comfortable, with minimal to no discomfort.

    Almost everyone having cataract surgery will receive a lens implant to replace the cataract. There are different choices for which type of artificial lenses to implant during cataract surgery, including the following specialized implants: ReSTOR®, ReZoom™, Crystalens®.

    Laser Cataract Surgery

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  • Glasses Cannot be Used to Treat Cataracts

    The only treatment for cataracts is the surgical removal of the natural lens of the eye. In the early stages, many cataract sufferers may find that they need frequent changes to their glasses prescription, but eyeglasses will neither treat nor prevent the condition for the long term. The need for glasses after surgery is determined by the lens chosen by a patient.

  • What Do I Do If I Think I Have a Cataract(s)?

    Here are the first steps to taking care of your cataracts:

    1. Set up an eye appointment at ICON Eyecare or your local optometrist.
    2. If you have a cataract your eye doctor will present you with surgical options to remove the cataract and to restore your vision.
  • How to Prevent Cataracts

    There are no studies that have conclusively proven that cataracts can be prevented. It is more a question of when you will get them, as opposed to if you will get them.One of the main factors contributing towards the development of cataracts is advancing age. For this reason, patients over the age of 50 are advised to undergo routine eye exams.

    Here are a host of other factors that can be potential causes of cataracts. Several lifestyle measures can make a difference in delaying the onset of cataracts and possibly slowing the progression. These include:

    • Managing any existing health problems as directed by a physician. Diabetes, in particular, is known to increase the risk of cataracts.
    • Stopping cigarette smoking and reducing alcohol intake as these lifestyle habits have been linked to cataract formation.
    • Protecting the eyes from sunlight exposure by wearing sunglasses. UVB (ultraviolet B) light has been shown to contribute to cataract formation.
    • Maintaining a healthy diet and lifestyle by exercising regularly, managing weight and eating plenty of fruits and vegetables.
  • How Much Does Cataract Surgery Cost?

    ICON Eyecare offers quality affordable cataract surgery in Denver and Grand Junction. Cataract surgery is partially covered by health insurance in most cases. The cost of cataract surgery in Denver and Colorado varies depending on your custom situation and lens choice, from standard lens replacement to advanced lens options and ICLs.

  • LASIK and Cataracts

    LASIK is a commonly performed eye procedure to correct common visual disturbances like nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. It is an entirely different procedure from cataract surgery, but there are several myths and misconceptions regarding LASIK and cataracts. Firstly, LASIK does not cause cataracts. Furthermore, LASIK cannot be used to treat cataracts. A person who has undergone cataract surgery can have LASIK to correct refractive errors of the eye. However, LASIK should be delayed if the cataracts are the primary reason for vision problems.

  • Newest Intraocular Lens Technology (IOLs)

    ICON Eyecare offers the latest options in lens technology including the cutting-edge ReSTOR®, ReZoom™, and Crystalens®. Each of these newer designed lenses was produced to help maximize your independence from glasses after cataract surgery, taking it a step further from the typical ‘monofocal’ lens implants of yesterday. There are pros and cons to each lens choice, and you should have a detailed discussion with your doctor regarding candidacy for cataract surgery and which lens/lenses would be ideal for your particular visual needs.

  • Set Up a Cataract Appointment Today

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Cataracts Procedures

  • Cataract Surgery after LASIK

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  • YAG Capsulotomy

    YAG laser capsulotomy is a simple, effective treatment used to correct PCO (posterior capsule opacification) to improve eyesight, a complication that can occur after cataract surgery.

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  • Premium Lens Options

    At ICON Eyecare, we offer the most advanced cataract lens implants combined with the newest laser technology to provide the most accurate results possible.

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  • Laser Cataract Surgery

    You will only have cataract surgery once. This is your opportunity to achieve the kind of vision you want for the rest of your life, choose the best technology and experience.

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