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Cataract

Find out what’s better about cataract treatment at LasikPlus

We offer a uniquely wide range of cataract replacement lenses to relieve you of the constraints of cloudy vision. At LasikPlus, we can even help you seize a perfect opportunity to address your distance and close-up vision and/or astigmatism issues at the same time!

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At LasikPlus, patients may use insurance and Medicare to pay for their cataract procedure.

Cataract Commonly Addresses

What is a Cataract?

The term cataract refers to a cloudy lens within the eye. This clouding is caused by proteins in the eye breaking down as we age. Many cataracts develop at 60 or 70 years of age, but other factors can influence the speed and severity of cataracts, including injury to the eye, diabetes, smoking, alcohol abuse and prolonged, direct exposure to sunlight.

As a cataract grows larger, it clouds more of your lens and distorts more of the light passing through. This may lead to symptoms like difficulty driving, poor night vision, cloudy or blurry vision, often described as “milky” or “hazy,” double vision and glare or halo around lights.

The best defense is to have regular eye exams, and if diagnosed with a cataract, to have your lenses replaced quickly. Because cataracts are irreversible, surgery is the only proven way to get back to enjoying your family activities and all the adventures life brings without blurred, cloudy vision.

LasikPlus Cataract Treatment

Your surgeon will make a small incision in your eye, through which your cataract will be removed. To remove it, your doctor will break it apart and extract it, a technique called phacoemulsification. An intraocular lens (IOL) will then be inserted through the same tiny incision into the lens capsule of your eye.

The IOL will be used to replace your cataract-affected natural lens. The lens is made of a material that is flexible, which allows the surgeon to fold and insert it through the small incision.


Once the cataract is removed, and the IOL is in the proper position, light can once again travel unimpeded to the back of your eye, and you should begin to notice an immediate improvement in your vision. Because this procedure is performed through an incision that is very small, patients are typically able to heal very quickly and with little or no discomfort.

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Cataract is an easy 6 step process

At LasikPlus, it's comfortable and quick

1 Step 1: Your Initial Eye Exam

During a 90-minute consultation, we'll examine your eyes. You will undergo many tests similar to those you’ve experienced during your annual eye exam, as well as additional scans that tell us important information about your eyes as they relate to a cataract procedure.

  • Patients suffering from cataracts will undergo an A-Scan (ultrasound biometry) to measure the length of the eye and determine the extent of the refractive error.
  • Checking for visual acuity and visual field (peripheral vision)
  • Measurement of Corneal thickness and topography (shape)
  • Reading your previous eye prescription using your glasses lenses
  • Examining your pupils for reactivity
  • Evaluating the muscle function and dominance of your eyes
  • Assessing your eye health with pupil dilation and slit-lamp test
  • Measuring your eyes' pressures to check for glaucoma
  • Inspecting the peripheral retina for health
  • Assessing your overall medical health
  • Discussing hobbies and occupation

All of these factors help your surgeon determine if you are a candidate for a cataract procedure. Once complete, this exam aids your surgeon in developing your unique LasikPlus Customized Treatment Plan.

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2 Step 2: Are You a Candidate?

Using the results of your comprehensive eye examination, your doctor will create a customized treatment plan tailored to your prescription, eye anatomy and personal needs.

The development of cataracts are not the determining factor in whether or not cataract removal surgery will be performed. Your doctor will want to review your lifestyle with you and if you agree that your daily activities and quality of life are being affected, laser-assisted cataract removal will be taken into consideration. Some patients may be eligible for other refractive surgery procedures - LASIK, PRK, RLE - when the cause for decreased vision is not due to visually significant cataracts.

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3 Step 3: Lens Options

Candidates for the cataract procedure at LasikPlus are given 3 Intraocular Lens (IOL) options, dependent on the type of refractive errors they need to have corrected.

The Monofocal Intraocular Lens corrects vision at a set distance, but does NOT correct pre-existing corneal astigmatism. Patient who have astigmatism and who choose this lens, can expect to wear glasses for distance and near after surgery. Patients who do not have pre-existing astigmatism who receive this type of lens will typically need reading glasses to see clearly at an arm’s length.

The Toric Intraocular Lens is a monofocal Advanced Technology Lens option that corrects both distance vision and astigmatism. Patients who choose this lens, will still need reading glasses to see clearly up close.

The Multifocal Intraocular Lens is also an Advanced Technology Lens option that corrects both distance and near vision (like a bifocal). Choosing this lens will help to reduce overall dependence on glasses for both distance and near activities.

Your surgeon will look at the results of your exam, the testing, and your preferred lifestyle and will assist you in choosing the correct lens for your individual needs.

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4 Step 4: Get a Physical

Once candidacy is determined, cataract patients are required to have a physical performed by a medical professional. A cataract treatment cannot be completed until a physical is on file at the ambulatory surgery center (ASC) where your procedure will be performed.

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5 Step 5: The LasikPlus Cataract Procedure

Anticipate being at the ASC for between 60 and 90 minutes on the day of your cataract procedure.

The procedure only takes between 20 and 30 minutes. 

The procedure is completed one eye at a time with 2-4 weeks seperating treatments. This timing allows the first eye time to heal and acheive visual stabilization before having the second eye treated.

You will be required to have a driver with you to take you home after the cataract procedure is completed. 

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6 Step 6: Post-operative Care

Your vision will be improved just one day after your cataract procedure at LasikPlus. As with any surgical procedure, your eye will have some inflammation and swelling as the healing process takes place. Eyedrops will be prescribed and strict instructions regarding physical activity must be followed. Bending over, vigorous exercise, heavy lifting and all other strenuous activity are prohibited for two weeks.

At LasikPlus, we schedule regular post-operative visits to closely monitor your healing, recovery and vision stabilization. Your treatment day isn’t the end of your LasikPlus journey; it’s the beginning of a new life with sharper images and brighter colors.

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Life after Cataract

At LasikPlus, you're family. That’s why we schedule post-op visits periodically after your treatment.

Your First 24 Hours

Immediately Following Our Cataract Procedure

After your surgeon completes a post-op check, you will be given protective glasses to wear and can be driven home. We recommend that you relax and take a nap for several hours with your protective glasses on. Be sure not to rub, poke or touch your eyes. If you experience irritation, use the artificial tears provided by your doctor. Also follow your doctor’s instructions on using your steroid and antibiotic eye drops.

Use this time to rest and relax. For the first 24 hours, it is best to avoid straining your eyes through reading, computer work or watching TV. You should sleep in your protective glasses for two weeks to avoid any accidents with your eyes.

One Week After Procedure

One Week After Your Cataract Procedure

Your one week follow-up appointment with LasikPlus will mark significant improvement to your overall vision.

You may read, use the computer and watch TV, but keep your eyes well lubricated and rest them if they feel strained. Be sure to keep sweat out of your eyes and avoid all lotions, creams and eye makeup for 7 days.

One Month After Procedure

One Month After Your Cataract Procedure

At this point, your eye will be close to fully healed and you will notice continued improvement to eyesight.

Three Months After Procedure

Three Months After Your Cataract Procedure

Typically, the doctor will request that you attend a post-op appointment between one and three months after your treatment takes place. In some cases, after three months, your doctor may request an additional 90-day post-op check. Vision stability will be realized in most patients at approximately 3 months.

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