Cataract Surgery

Lone Tree, Castle Rock, & the Greater Denver Area

Cataract surgery in the Denver and Lone Tree area is made possible through Dr. Alan Margolis of Margolis Vision.  It is an eye surgery procedure that involves the removal of the natural eye lens that cloudiness has developed through lapse of time commonly known as a cataract and leads to vision impairment.  It is an outpatient procedure that will usually take an hour or less and patients can immediately go back to their daily activities 24 hours after the operation.  The main purpose of the surgery is to remove the developed opacification or cataract in the crystalline lens.

Who is a candidate for Cataract Surgery?

To know if you are a candidate for a cataract surgery, schedule a consultation with an ophthalmologist or an eye surgeon such as Dr. Margolis of Margolis Vision.  Patients will not notice the early developments of a cataract until they experience visual symptoms.  Mostly the patients notice some changes in their eyesight and then eventually find out it is a cataract after a thorough diagnosis and examination done by a qualified eye surgeon.  Cataract surgery is highly recommended for patients who suffer significant vision loss due to cloudiness formed in the crystalline lens.  Cataracts are the major cause of blurry vision and light glare.  Ophthalmologist surgeons highly recommend cataract surgery when cataracts make it difficult for the patient to carry out the normal daily activities.

How is Cataract Surgery Done?

Before the day of the cataract surgery, it is necessary for an ophthalmologist to assess the eyes and general health of the patient.  During a cataract surgery, the ophthalmologist will remove or clean out the natural lens and replace it with an artificial lens called an intraocular lens or IOL with the aid of a local anesthetic.

The most important part for a cataract operation is the phacoemulsification technique also called a “small cut cataract surgery”.  This technique is done by the surgeon by making a small incision in the cornea with the help of a local anesthesia.  The surgeon will put an eye drop to widen the pupil.  A small eye surgical instrument called a phaco probe that releases high frequency sound waves is inserted into the cornea so that the cataract will be broken into tiny pieces.  After this, the cataract and the lens will be sucked out and then followed with the placement of an intraocular lens into the lens capsule.  There is no need for the incisions to be stitched since they will seal themselves.

What are the outcomes?

The aim of a cataract surgery is to restore the normal visual acuity of a patient.  According to a study, 95% of the patients of cataract surgery experienced visual improvement after the surgery.  However, it is normal to feel some mild irritation after the surgery and the surgeon may recommend some pain reliever.  Patients will be advised to wear dark glasses after the surgery to help with the light sensitivity.  Some patients will also encounter some mild watering eyes.  Normal activities can continue after the surgery, although the surgeon will advise you to avoid any strenuous activities immediately after the surgery.

After the surgery, an eye drop solution is prescribed by the surgeon to help against infection or inflammation and aid with healing.  A scheduled visit with the ophthalmologist will follow after the surgery so that complications will be monitored.  Once the surgeon determines that the condition of the patient is already stable, eyeglasses will be prescribed to achieve the perfect vision.

Cataract Surgery Options

We have a few different options for Cataract Surgery. Dr. Margolis will help you determine what will be the best option for you.

Please contact Margolis Vision today to schedule your cataract surgery consultation. Dr. Alan Margolis serves patients from Lone Tree, Castle Rock, and throughout the Denver metropolitan area.