Cataracts can dim and darken your vision, making it difficult to drive and perform other daily tasks.
At Arizona Eye Institute & Cosmetic Laser Center, we offer cataract surgery--a safe, relatively fast, and effective treatment used to replace clouded lenses with new artificial lenses.
Here is what makes cataract surgery so great...
Your surgery can typically be completed in under 15 minutes. Thanks to advancements in technology and surgical techniques, the procedure is also very safe and very successful.
By replacing your clouded lens with an intraocular lens, we can help you achieve clearer, crisper vision. After cataract surgery, many patients have a reduced need for contacts or glasses.
Following cataract surgery, you can enjoy outdoor or nighttime activities that previously put you at risk of accidents. Cataract surgery has extremely high rates of satisfaction.
Why else should I consider cataract surgery?
Benefits of Cataract Surgery
Cataracts cloud the crystalline lens within the eye, which is completely removed during cataract surgery. In addition to removing the unhealthy lens, most cataract surgery patients receive an artificial, or intraocular lens (IOL). IOLs can correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism, and can reduce our patients' dependency on their glasses and contacts.
After cataract surgery, patients typically experience the following benefits:
- Seeing the world with clearer vision
- Experiencing richer, brighter colors
- Improved night vision
- Reduction of halos or glare when sunlight, lamps, or headlights enter your field of vision
- Improvement of double vision or multiple images appearing in one eye
- Stabilization of your glasses prescription
Individuals with cataracts can expect a dramatic improvement in their vision after undergoing surgery. Many of our patients are able to operate more independently than they were able to in recent years. Imagine being able to confidently drive at night, or stop worrying about misplacing your glasses. We can help you achieve dependable vision and a better quality of life with cataract surgery.
What's the first step?
Creating Your Individualized Treatment Plan
During a thorough examination with Dr. Justo, you can learn whether you are a suitable candidate for cataract surgery. If you have been diagnosed with cataracts, are in good health, and desire greater vision enhancement than can be providing by glasses or contacts alone, you are probably a good candidate for the procedure.
After the examination, you will undergo a pre-operative counseling session with one of our technicians. Questions regarding the scope of your surgery will be clarified at this time including:
- Should I receive an artificial, or intraocular lens (IOL)? Because the eye's natural, clouded lens is completely removed during surgery, almost all of our patients receive an IOL. This artificial lens becomes a part of the eye. It focuses light to achieve crisp, clear vision, and can correct farsightedness, nearsightedness, and astigmatism.
- Which power will optimize my vision? Our practice uses the most sophisticated, accurate technology available to determine which power of IOL is right for you. The length of your eye will be measured at this time, allowing the appropriate lens power to be selected for optimized vision.
- Which type of IOL is right for me? Monofocal IOLs can correct vision either far away or close up. Multi-focal IOLs (sometimes called premium IOLS) offer benefits similar to bifocals, correcting vision at close and far ranges. Toric lenses are used to correct astigmatism while also improving vision. Computerized corneal topography will be used to map the curvature of the surface of the eye, and determine whether you are a good candidate for a premium lens.
- Are there any other factors that need to be considered? For select patients, Dr. Justo will use ocular coherence tomography to create a high-resolution scan of the macula. This step checks for pre-existing conditions that might compromise post-operative vision correction. This is particularly beneficial to those patients who choose to receive a multi-focal IOL.
Each of our patients have specific needs and goals, and creating an individualized treatment plan allows us to achieve the highest success rates possible.
You will also learn more about after-care during this appointment. One of our technicians will provide a detailed explanation of steps you can take to facilitate proper healing, including using prescribed eye drops to minimize the risk of infection.
A treatment that allows you to invest in your long-term health...
Boost Your Quality of Life
The life events our eyesight allows us to fully appreciate are many: looking into a loved one's eyes, watching a grandchild take their first steps, or seeing the sun set over a favorite overlook. In so many ways, clear vision is priceless. Cataracts do not only affect a sufferer's vision. On a larger scale, they compromise quality of life.
Surgery is the only treatment that can eliminate cataracts. Dr. Justo prefers fast focus cataract surgery for its minimally invasive procedure and improved healing time. The total cost of cataract surgery varies from patient to patient, and depends on a range of factors like which type of intraocular will best meet your needs. You can learn more about treatment option costs during a consultation at our office.
Flexible Financing Available
One of the most common factors discouraging cataract sufferers from pursuing surgery is their budget. We believe each of our patients deserves excellent vision, and have a range of flexible payment plans available to place the care you need within your budget. We offer CareCredit® financing, including a short-term, year-long option featuring zero-interest payments. Long-term fixed payment plans are also available, spanning between three to five years.
Why Choose Us?
Improving your vision through cataract surgery requires the experience of a trusted, reputable surgeon. Dr. Justo has helped thousands of patients achieve improved vision through corrective eye surgeries, and is highly trained in the latest surgical techniques to treat cataracts. Complementing his experience, each member of our team is handpicked for their knowledge, skills, and compassionate approach to care. We strive to treat each patient as an individual, customizing your treatment plan to fit your unique health condition, goals, and budget. Forging lasting relationships with our patients helps us to preserve their eyesight for years to come.
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What to Expect during Surgery
To stay on the cutting-edge of technology, Dr. Justo offers the most modern cataract removal technique that does not require the use of needles, stitches, or patches.
In preparation for cataract surgery, Dr. Justo may ask patients to stop taking certain medications to decrease the risk of bleeding. Also, he will take measurements of the shape and size of the eye, and the curve of the cornea; this information helps him select the appropriate intraocular lens implant.
Prior to the surgery, drops are put into the eyes to dilate the pupil. An anesthetic may also be administered to numb the nerves in and around the eye. Dr. Justo makes a small incision on the side of the cornea, and inserts a tiny probe. The probe gently separates the cataract, and the pieces are removed from the eye. After the cataract pieces have been removed, Dr. Justo places the folded intraocular lens implant in the eye. Once it has been properly positioned, it remains in place permanently. The entire procedure takes about 15 minutes, and the patient shouldn't experience any pain.
Patients may expect slight sensitivity after the surgery. This usually dissipates quickly, and the patient will be able to see clearly and comfortably. However, for safety reasons, we would like the patient to have a companion escort them home.
Benefits of Fast-Focus Cataract Surgery
Benefits of cataract surgery with Dr. Justo include:
- Most modern type of cataract treatment
- No stitches, no needles, no patches. It is a 15 minute outpatient procedure
- No sutures, thanks to the use of foldable intraocular lens implant technology
- Placement of the Toric intraocular lens implant also corrects astigmatism
- Placement of the ReSTOR® multifocal lens implant helps to simultaneously correct both the near and far vision
- Patients can immediately return home and resume physical activity (e.g., bending and lifting)
Risks of Cataract Surgery
Cataract surgery is one of the most commonly performed surgeries, and in general is very safe. However, as with all eye surgeries, there are a few risks, including post-operative infection, bleeding, inflammation, loss of vision, double vision, and high or low eye pressure. Dr. Justo will discuss all of these concerns during the pre-operative cataract surgery consultation.
So what comes next?
Recovering after Surgery
Taking proper care of your eyes after surgery begins beforehand, during a pre-operative counseling session with one of our knowledgeable technicians. During the appointment, you will receive a detailed explanation of the eye drops you will be using before and after the procedure. These will foster healing and help you avoid the development of complications.
You will be prescribed three eye drops: one with antibiotic properties and two anti-inflammatory drops. Typically, you will be instructed to use the drops twice a day, beginning two days before your surgery until roughly three weeks after. It is important that you adhere to the instructions to minimize the risk of infection. Though extremely rare, untreated infection after cataract surgery can ultimately result in vision loss. Other side effects, including red-eye and minor irritation, may be observed, but are benign conditions and should resolve quickly.
Dr. Justo prefers fast focus cataract surgery for enhanced healing and nearly immediate vision improvement. Some patients see with 20/20 vision the day after their procedure, while other patients experience slight blurring for a few days as their eyes and brain adjust to their new intraocular lens (IOL).
What to Expect from Your Results
Having realistic expectations is the most important step toward enjoying your results after surgery. Many of our patients enjoy crisp, clear vision without glasses and contacts, but some will still rely on corrective eyewear for the best vision. Each patient's outcome is dependent on a number of unique factors, like which type of IOL they choose to receive. Once your vision has stabilized, Dr. Justo will determine if you need glasses. If you do, measurements will be taken for your new prescription.
Generally, cataract surgery patients enjoy:
- Sharper vision
- A reduction of glares and halos
- Brighter, more vivid colors
The type, power, and placement of your IOL all have significant effects on the results you experience. Previously, doctors had to wait weeks after surgery to review a patient's results. Now, Dr. Justo uses ORA®-guided surgery to provide an accurate analysis of a patients' condition after surgery. Our practice is proud to be one of the first in the state to offer this cutting-edge technology, which provides patients with outstanding results.
Fine-Tuning Your Vision
Dr. Justo meets personally with each of our patients to check that their healing is progressing smoothly. You will return to our office for periodic check-ups the day after surgery, and one week later. During this second post-operative appointment, your vision will be analyzed to determine whether you need a new glasses prescription. A long-term check-up at six months can further assess how your eyesight has benefited from the surgery.
Your doctor can combine cataract surgery with other treatments...
Treating Glaucoma during Cataract Surgery
Are you a Glaucoma patient preparing for Cataract Surgery?
We are excited to announce a brand new technology we offer here at the Arizona Eye Institute & Cosmetic Laser Center, that will make managing your Glaucoma far easier.
The iStent Trabecular Micro-Bypass Stent can help treat glaucoma as yet another way you can customize your cataract surgery. The stent is a new technology that will make managing glaucoma far easier by reducing your intraocular pressure.
As tiny as a grain of rice, the stent is placed at the base of your iris during your cataract surgery, and helps to relieve eye pressure by draining excess fluids.
The iStent is the smallest medical device to ever be approved by the Federal Drug Administration, and while you will notice an improvement in your eye pressure, you will not feel or see the stent.
Ask us today if you are a candidate for the iStent as you undergo cataract surgery.
Choose a Talented, Trustworthy Team
Our team of surgeons and health care professionals is committed to helping you dramatically improve your life with quality eye care. We are affiliated with several organizations, including the:
- American Board of Ophthalmology
- National Board of Medical Examiners
- American Academy of Ophthalmology
If you are ready to discuss your needs with one of our doctors, request a consultation online or call us at (623) 975-2020.
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