Premier Cataract Surgery at ICON Eyecare
Cataracts pose a serious threat to the eye health of millions of Americans.
It’s estimated that cataracts currently affect more than 20.5 million Americans over the age of 40. By age 65, over 90% of people in the U.S. will develop cataracts.
Fortunately, patients suffering from cataracts have a number of treatment options at their disposal. At ICON Eyecare clinics across the greater Denver area, we have extensive experience in restoring patients’ vision via safe and effective laser-assisted cataract surgery. Using the latest technology, we offer a choice of several premium lenses, any of which can improve your eyesight and allow you to live your life to the fullest.
What Are Cataracts?
Cataracts form when the proteins that make up the eye’s lens break down and cluster together in clumps. These clumps cause the hazy vision typical of cataracts. Since they’re the result of a natural process of decomposition, cataracts are most often seen in older adults, though they can also develop in younger patients who have suffered a traumatic eye injury or have a medical condition like diabetes.
As cataracts progress, they can greatly diminish a person’s quality of life and independence. Individuals with advanced-stage cataracts are often unable to perform everyday tasks such as driving, reading, and watching television. That’s why it is important to visit an eye care specialist at the first sign of symptoms.
The experienced doctors at ICON Eyecare are specially trained to identify cataracts and develop a personalized treatment plan to help you get back to your life.
Cataracts progress so slowly that most people don’t notice the signs until the disease reaches an advanced stage. As they develop, cataracts produce a number of distinct symptoms, including:
- Blurred or cloudy vision
- Difficulty seeing at night
- “Halos” around bright lights (especially at night)
- Sensitivity to bright light and glare
- Need for brighter lights for reading and other close-up activities
- Double vision or multiple images in one eye
- A faded or yellowish hue to bright colors
- The need for frequent adjustments to glasses or contact lens prescriptions
What is Cataract Surgery?
Cataract surgery is one of the most commonly performed surgeries in the U.S., and many are surprised to learn how quick and easy it can be. It is an outpatient procedure where your entire experience generally takes under 2 hours. In fact, your time spent during the actual surgery is usually less than 15 minutes.
Treatment begins when an eye surgeon numbs the nerves in and around your eye with local anesthetic eye drops. The surgeon then makes a small incision in the front of the eye, removes the cataract-clouded lens, and replaces it with a new intraocular lens (IOL) made of plastic, silicone, or acrylic. You can also choose an IOL with advanced technology that corrects your vision — allowing you to see clearly without contacts or glasses.
At ICON Eyecare, we invest in cutting-edge technology to provide you with your best vision results. Our expert surgeons use a LenSx Cataract Laser to assist in the surgery. This computer-assisted instrument allows us to make precise, customized cuts, instead of using a blade. Once the cataract is removed, Intraoperative Aberrometry is used to improve the precision of your outcome. We are proud to offer this advanced technology to our patients.
What Are My Premium Lens Options?
Did you know that it’s possible to stop wearing glasses after cataract surgery? During the procedure, your eye’s natural lens will be replaced with a new, clear lens. Today’s cutting-edge technology allows you to choose a premium lens implant that not only allows you to see clearly, but corrects your vision at the same time. These premium lenses will allow you to see near, far — or even both! — without glasses.
They type of lenses you choose is an important decision, because cataract surgery is a one-time procedure and you will not be able to change to a different lens in the future. The experienced doctors at ICON Eyecare are committed to helping you achieve your vision goals and will go over lens selection during your consultation appointment.
Whether you’d like a more active lifestyle or are just tired of the hassle of glasses, ICON is proud to offer multiple lens options to fit your needs.
I was absolutely petrified at the prospect of a cataract operation. Dr. Kim’s calm, kind, professional manner allayed my fears. The operation was a piece of cake. Dr. Kim is a fantastic physician. I am devastated that she is moving, but I wish her the best.
- Elisabeth K.
Dr. Fox has now worked on both my eyes, and I could not be happier! I was blind in one eye, and he removed the extremely thick cataract successfully.
- Sean G.
Dr. Fox was absolutely great, had cataract surgery done and wad in and out within an hour and 15 minutes, follow up the next day and same thing in and out within 30 minutes, all great people in the office and surgical and staff members were great. Thank you
- Scott M.
I had cataract surgery with Dr. Litoff in November 2017. The morning after my first eye was done, I removed the patch and noticed how white my kitchen was, rather than the beige I had been seeing for so long. I kept doing side by side comparisons with the other eye that still had a cataract and would get emotional each time. It was like getting new eyes after 66 years!
- Taylor W.
Dr. Litoff performed the cataract surgery and I could not be happier with results! I was already seeing clearly the day after my cataract was removed. My only regret is that I didn’t have the surgery done sooner, it has made a world of difference in my life.
- Kathy S
When Should I Have Cataract Surgery?
Our ophthalmologists often suggest cataract surgery once your cataracts have begun to compromise your quality of life and ability to perform everyday tasks like reading, watching television, and driving at night. At that point, you should begin to consider whether it is the right time to have cataract surgery — the only method available to restore perfectly clear vision to cataract patients.
Due to their slow development, most people remain unaffected by the symptoms of cataracts during their early stages, which can happen as early as age 40. Even after early diagnosis of a cataract, an eye care professional may not recommend immediate surgery if the symptoms are not debilitating.
Instead, a stronger eyeglass or contact lens prescription — and regular monitoring — may be enough to counteract the hazy vision in the short term.
However, most people want to have their cataracts removed as soon as possible, so they can get back to seeing clearly and living an active lifestyle. ICON’s doctors are known for working WITH you to achieve your vision goals. That’s why they’ll discuss all the options available to you and create a customized treatment plan during your cataract consultation.
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Recovery from Cataract Surgery
Because cataract surgery is an outpatient procedure, you’ll be in and out of our facility within a couple of hours. The procedure itself usually takes less than 15 minutes, and a full recovery typically takes about four weeks.
During the days and weeks following the operation, patients’ vision becomes gradually clearer and more focused as they progress through the recovery process.
Immediately after cataract surgery, your eyes may feel sore, irritated, or itchy. This is normal.
Patients may also tear up more than usual or have trouble seeing when surrounded by bright lights. These symptoms usually diminish within a day or two.
Blurry vision may continue for several days, depending on individual healing, as your eye adjusts to the replacement lens. Because the new intraocular lens isn’t clouded by cataracts, colors will also appear brighter. Prepare to be amazed at what it’s like to see world through better eyes!
Is Cataract Surgery Safe?
Cataract surgery is largely regarded as one of the safest and most common surgeries performed in the United States. In the U.S. alone, more than 3 million patients undergo the procedure every year, the vast majority of whom end up with clear vision that either reduces or eliminates the need to wear eyeglasses or contact lenses.
Advancements in laser technology have revolutionized how cataract surgery is performed today, making it both easier and safer for patients. However, as with any operation, cataract surgery may result in complications, including infection, fluid build-up around the retina, increased eye pressure, retinal detachment and the need for additional procedures.
In most cases, these risks can be mitigated by taking precautionary steps prior to surgery and administering eye drops after the procedure. During your cataract consultation, your ICON surgeon will discuss potential risks and ensure you feel comfortable with the safety of the procedure.
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Customized, Affordable Lenses
The experienced doctors at ICON Eyecare are committed to helping you achieve your vision goals and will go over lens selection during your consultation appointment.
Our team is very experienced and knowledgeable about the insurance requirements for cataract surgery, and they will help you navigate this process during your consultation appointment.
Cost of Cataract Surgery
The cost of cataract surgery depends on a number of factors, including the type of replacement lens you select and whether your surgeon uses traditional surgical methods or laser-assisted instruments.
In most cases, both private insurance and Medicare will cover the cost of the procedure after a patient has met their deductible and copayment responsibilities. However, insurers might decline to cover the cost of cataract surgery if the insured’s vision has not deteriorated to the point where their ability to engage in everyday activities has been impaired. Our team is very experienced and knowledgeable about the insurance requirements for cataract surgery, and they will help you navigate this process during your consultation appointment.
Upgraded lens types are not generally covered by insurance or Medicare. Insurance doesn't consider your desire to stop wearing glasses as a “necessity”, so they typically cover only the cost for standard replacement lenses.
If you choose an upgraded replacement lens, those cost more than standard lenses and you will typically pay for their cost, over and above what your insurance plan or Medicare covers.
We are committed to making this affordable for you! If you desire a lifestyle without glasses, and want to choose an upgraded lens technology, you can work with us to develop a payment plan that fits your monthly budget. We offer several financing options, including 0% financing for up to two years with no money down and low monthly payments (subject to credit approval).
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