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Cataracts Specialist | Treatments

Cataract Surgery Is One of the Safest and Most Common Surgeries in the World

At Olympus Eye Associates, we promise to provide you with exceptional care. Whatever your vision needs, our experienced, caring cataract surgeons are ready to tend to your vision health. We promise to provide you with exceptional care as we work with you to maintain, protect, or enhance your vision.

When it comes to specific eye conditions like cataracts, we provide a comprehensive suite of services and procedures with a gentle touch, and stunning results. At Olympus Eye Associates, your vision is our first priority!

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Procedures

Modern Cataract surgery is one of the safest and most common surgeries in the world. While there are risks to any surgical procedure, of course, the risks for cataract surgery are lower than they've ever been, and the potential benefits are greater.

Cataract surgery is performed under a powerful microscope and involves two parts:

  • First, the eye's cloudy lens is removed
  • Second, an artificial lens implant is inserted to replace the eye's natural lens and restore the eye's focusing power

After the tissue around the eye is fully numbed, the surgeon makes a very small opening at the edge of the eye. Then the surgeon skillfully guides an ultrasonic probe that vibrates 40-50 thousand times per second to gently break up the cloudy lens and suction it away.To restore clear, bright vision, a new lens implant is placed where the clouded lens used to be. Treatment is so gentle, our patients feel little if any discomfort. And the opening into the eye is so small it heals without any stitches.

If you are nearsighted or farsighted, the lens implant selected for your eye often corrects this problem. In addition to regaining clear vision, your dependence on corrective lenses may be significantly reduced. If your eyes are healthy and cataracts are the only thing inhibiting your vision, your chances of achieving 20/20 are high.

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Cataract Signs and Symptoms

  • There are three main types of cataracts, but all lead to similar vision problems. Cataracts start out small, and cause minimal disruption at first. Initially, your vision may seem a little blurry, like looking through a cloudy glass or at an impressionist painting. Over time this effect will increase, making the world look continually dim, cloudy, or blurry. The sooner you have a procedure performed by a licensed Cataract Surgeon, the better.

You Might Have Cataracts If:

You have trouble seeing at night: Poor night vision is a common sign of cataracts.
The world looks yellow: The clumps of protein that cloud the lens of the eye can filter out blue light, which leaves the world tinted yellow or brown.
Bright lights cause pain: Sensitivity to the glare from bright lights is an early sign of subcapsular cataracts.
You're seeing double: Sometimes diffraction from the affected lens can cause double vision. If multiple images afflict one eye only, it's likely an indicator of cataracts.
You see halos around lights: Cataracts can make you see rings around lights. These can be different colors and add to poor night vision, which can make driving dangerous.
Your prescription isn't cutting it: If you need to get new glasses frequently, this rapid deterioration may be a sign of cataracts. Even though cataracts are more common in older adults, they can affect young people as well.
If you have any of the symptoms listed above, get it checked out as soon as possible by an eye doctor you can trust.

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single focus / traditional

If you do not mind wearing glasses, standard single-focus lens implants may be best for you. They provide excellent vision at one distance and glasses are usually required to achieve the full range of vision. For example, if the lens implant's focusing power is selected to give good distance vision, glasses will likely be needed to read, sew, work on crafts and use a computer. For years, our surgeons have implanted thousands of single-focus lens implants and most patients are very happy with the vision they provide.

Limitations

  • Unable to change focus for both near and distance vision
  • Glasses are generally needed for either near or distance vision and sometimes both
  • Do not correct astigmatism

Strengths

  • Proven safe and effective in millions of procedures
  • Glare and halos around lights are rarely noticed
  • Monovision is possible, where one eye is corrected for near vision and the other for distance, for people who have successfully tried this with contact lenses
  • No extra costs
  • Excellent quality of vision
  • Often provide independence from glasses for many activities

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monovision / traditional

Monovision can reduce dependence on glasses. Single-focus lens implants cannot change focus from far to near so most people require glasses after surgery for certain activities. However, monovision is an option where one lens implant is selected for near vision and the other is selected for distance vision.

The advantage of monovision is being able to both read up-close and see at a distance without corrective lenses. This might be particularly helpful for teachers, public speakers, politicians and clergy who frequently shift their vision from near to far.

Monovision has possible disadvantages including decreased depth perception and blurred vision in certain instances. It also takes some getting used to. Because some people cannot tolerate monovision, it is important to approach it with care. In determining if this option is for you, we recommend having your eye doctor fit you with contact lenses to simulate the effect. Wearing these specially prescribed contacts for several days or weeks will give you the opportunity to test drive monovision in your normal daily activities.

Astigmatism / premium

If you have astigmatism and are motivated to reduce the need for glasses, this type of lens implant may be for you. Astigmatism is a focusing problem caused by an irregularly curved surface of the eye. It is normally corrected with glasses, specialty contact lenses or laser vision correction, but several lens implants are available that can compensate for this condition. Lens implants for astigmatism are also known as toric lens implants.

Limitations

  • Glasses are generally needed for either near or distance vision and sometimes both
  • Can only correct certain amounts of astigmatism
  • May require additional surgery to optimize position
  • More exams are required
  • Involve extra costs

Strengths

  • Excellent quality of vision
  • Independence from glasses for many activities
  • Monovision is possible, where one eye is corrected for near vision and the other for distance, for people who have successfully tried this with contact lenses

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multifocal / premium

Unlike bifocal glasses, where focus changes depending on the area of the lens you look though, multifocal lens implants provide several zones of focus simultaneously. The brain selects the focus needed for the task at hand and disregards everything else. This is similar to the ability to ignore background noise during a conversation. Although improved vision is noticed almost immediately after surgery, there is usually an adjustment period of several weeks or more as you get used to your new vision. Some patients say their ability to function without glasses gets even better during the first year.

Limitations

Strengths

  • Very good intermediate vision
  • Excellent distance vision day and night
  • Most people function well and are happy with their vision
  • Good reading vision in most situations
  • Greater independence from glasses for most activities

Meet Our Salt Lake City Eye Doctors

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David Brockbank Eye Doctor Salt Lake City / Murray

David T. Brockbank, M.D.


Education
B.A. Degree - University of Utah, 1999
M.D. Degree - Albany Medical College, Albany, New York, 2003
Residency: University of Missouri Mason Eye Institute, Columbia, MO, 2007
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David Dodds Lasik Doctor Salt Lake City / Murray

David W. Dodds, M.D.


Education
B.S. Degree - Brigham Young University, 2007
M.D. Degree - Saint Louis University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO, 2015
Residency: Saint Louis University Eye Institute, St. Louis, MO, 2015
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Stephen Brockbank Vision Doctor Salt Lake City / Murray

Stephen R. Brockbank, O.D.


Education
B.A. Degree - University of Utah, 1995
O.D. Degree - Southern California College of Optometry, 2002
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