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Traditional Manual Cataract Surgery

Eye Surgeons Associates has proudly restored vision to tens of thousands of Quad City area residents for over three decades. We introduced the most advanced techniques to the region such as outpatient surgery, topical (no shot) anesthesia, suture-free incisions, and phacoemulsification, with world-class results. Traditional cataract surgery uses hand held instruments. A blade cuts the self-sealing incision in the clear cornea and manual forceps grasp and fashion a circle opening in the bag of the cataract. An instrument working like a microscopic jackhammer breaks up the cataract with sound waves to allow the cloudy lens material to be vacuumed out of the eye. Finally, the surgeon implants a monofocal (one focus) intraocular lens (IOL) into the cleaned bag of the now removed cataractous lens. The traditional IOL restores much of the eye's focus.

Your medical insurance and/or Medicare covers traditional cataract surgery and standard monofocal (one focus) IOLs with the goal of restoring your best vision in glasses, which will be required, for most, if not all daily tasks.

Cataract Surgery

An additional option using traditional manual surgery is Blended Vision. Many contact lens wearers and former LASIK surgery patients are familiar with this concept. The surgeon corrects one eye for distance vision and aims for intermediate focus (computer screen, sheet music, shopping or kitchen counter, etc) for the second eye. It trades away some distance and depth perception to provide the near help. In most circumstances, the brain merges the two images without the patients' awareness, so for those without astigmatism, many daily activities can be done without glasses. Patients occasionally wear prescription glasses to improve their sharpest vision at any distance, but especially for reading fine print. Additional testing, which is not covered by insurance or Medicare, is required to best calculate whether you are a reasonable candidate for Blended Vision.

Our Pledge To You

Through skill, knowledge and understanding of your needs, our team of physicians, technicians and staff strive to provide the most efficient and caring rehabilitation of vision after cataracts. If you have any questions about the surgery, please feel free to contact your doctor or their staff.