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Cataract Surgery

Cataracts, the clouding of the natural eye lens, affects about 22 million Americans over age 40. In fact, it’s estimated by the time they reach age 80, more than half of Americans will have a cataract or will have had cataract surgery. In other words, if you live long enough, you’re likely to be affected by cataracts.

The only treatment for cataracts is surgery to remove the clouded natural lens and implant a synthetic “intraocular” lens. This outpatient surgery takes about 10 minutes, and patients can go home as soon as it’s over. Cataract surgery is a safe, straightforward procedure performed thousands of times every day around the world.

Am I a Candidate for Cataract Surgery?

Because cataracts develop slowly, it can be difficult to pinpoint a specific time when cataract surgery becomes necessary. It can be delayed after diagnosis, but eventually, corrective glasses or contacts may not be enough, and surgery becomes inevitable. The biggest indication that surgery is necessary is when your cataracts affect daily tasks like reading or driving.

You should begin by consulting your eye care professional. He or she will review your medical history and determine if you need cataract surgery. Then you can begin to discuss which specific cataract surgery option is best for you.

Questions for Your Eye Care Professional

Having a basic understanding of the procedure beforehand will help facilitate the conversation, as will having some prepared questions such as:

  • How advanced are my cataracts?
  • Which type of intraocular lens (IOL) would I benefit most from?
  • Will any of my current prescriptions or over-the-counter drugs complicate the surgery or recovery process?
  • What will my vision be like after recovery?
  • How much does cataract surgery cost?
  • Who will perform the actual surgical procedure? You or another surgeon?
  • What is the post-surgery follow-up process?

Schedule your Appointment Today

Please call 719-258-1240 or submit the form below.

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Why choose the Colorado Eye Institute?

The Colorado Eye Institute in Colorado Springs, Colorado provides you with state of the art technology in a state of the art facility. One of the great benefits at the Colorado Eye Institute is every stop from beginning to end is done in-house. We don’t send you from location to location seeing different doctors and staff; you will see the same familiar faces throughout your entire surgical experience. You will also find you receive personalized service from us as we strive to know and understand every patient’s goals and concerns. We make sure you are comfortable and provide top of the line care along the way. Our patients are very dear to us and part of our CEI family!

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