About Cataract Surgery
Cataract surgery is a miraculous solution to a cloudy lens that does not focus. Cataracts are relatively common because the human lens has a limited lifespan. Everyone will eventually get cataracts if they live long enough. Fortunately, the lens is replaceable through cataract surgery. Through a microscopic incision, our founder and board-certified ophthalmologist, Dr. Aaron Waite, can remove the human lens and replace it with a crystal-clear artificial lens. The new artificial lens sits in the exact position as the original lens, and it remains stable indefinitely. Because the incision is so small, no sutures are needed. Cataract surgery has been highly refined to the point where the entire procedure can be done safely in a short amount of time and with minimal discomfort. At Waite Vision in Lehi, UT, it is our supreme goal to help you enjoy your life to the fullest, with clear vision. During a consultation at our beautiful facility, our skilled staff can help you determine whether cataract surgery can help attain that goal.
Refractive Cataract Surgery
There have been huge strides in the technological advancements of the artificial lenses used in cataract surgery. Artificial lenses are crystal clear and last a lifetime. They are customizable to each patient, so you no longer need glasses after surgery. Refractive cataract surgery utilizes customized artificial lenses with the specific goal of being able to live life without glasses or contacts. Despite its complex simplicity, the human lens is difficult to replicate; however, the customized lenses can be designed to bend light to allow for both distant and near objects to be clear at the same time. This makes it possible to reverse the need for glasses, including reading glasses and bifocals. Cataract surgery can now add years of perfect vision to a person’s life.
"Dr. Waite and his staff are absolutely amazing! Best experience I could have hoped for! I am seeing better than 20/20 after just a couple days now. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend them to anyone who is thinking about getting LASIK. They were so caring and professional, and really walk you through things the entire way. They answered all my questions and concerns, and explained things thoroughly to where the nerves were calmed and was just total excitement to leave the glasses behind!! Thank you guys, super grateful!"- J.S. / Google / Feb 02, 2019
"I have had astigmatism and needed glasses for roughly twenty years. My experience here was wonderful, and Doctor Waite and his team were a pleasure to get to know. The procedure was quick, painless, and I can see better now without my glasses than I ever could with. I am extremely pleased. Well worth it. ??"- S.R. / Google / Jan 29, 2019
"Very impressed with Dr. Waite and his staff. All were very professional and polite. They helped me go from seeing 20/100 to 20/15 with LASIK. Needless to say, I’m very pleased with my results."- E.B. / Google / Jan 29, 2019
"I have had severe amblyopia in my left eye since childhood and came to Dr Waite to see if lasik in that eye could help. His office has more progressive technology for testing than any other eye doctor I have ever seen. The tests were also a lot more comfortable than anything I’ve had before. What I really appreciated about Dr Waite was his open and upfront evaluation. He told me of two patients that had remarkably improved vision to their amblyopia but also advised me that mine had a much higher risk of showing no improvement. I felt good about it and went ahead. What surprised me the most is that my good eye went from 20/15 to 20/10 vision in just one month. I didn’t expect surgery in one eye to help improve the other! My facial recognition improved remarkably as well, and color and light are so much brighter in the eye with ambliopia. I’m excited to see how things continue to improve over the next year! Add all of that to the spa-like, framily experience all of the staff creates; I wouldn’t go anywhere else. This is absolutely the place to go if you want a deep and meaningful experience."- A.W. / Google / Jan 29, 2019
"Impressive office and staff! From day one Dr. Waite’s staff was prompt in responding to my referral, friendly, and professional. My initial consultation and following cross linking procedure from Dr. Waite was done with compassion and the highest skill set I’ve experienced. After my procedure I was fully “pampered” with recovery tools and clear instructions. To top it Dr. Waite provided unmatched white glove treatment by checking in with me daily and then weekly post procedure. If Google allowed 10 stars I would give them!"- D.K. / Google / Jan 18, 2019
While most patients with cataracts are typically great candidates for cataract surgery, there are a few exceptions, such as:
- If you are in poor health
- If you are pregnant or nursing
- If you have a preexisting eye disease
- If you are taking certain medications
- If undergoing surgery is not a safe option for you
While it is a rare occurrence for a patient to be ineligible for this treatment, we will discuss all your options in a private consultation at Waite Vision, before creating your treatment plan.
When removing the cataract, Dr. Waite will use one of two standard methods. Phacoemulsification, which uses ultrasound to break the lens into pieces for removal through a small incision, or extracapsular extraction, which involves removing the entire lens at once through a larger incision. The incision is made either at the far edge of the cornea or in the sclera(the white of the eye) and is also used for the placement of the implant. Small incisions tend to heal quickly and usually do not require stitches, but a large incision will need stitches to ensure that it closes and heals properly.
The exact shape and size of each implant can vary from patient to patient, but all are held in place by small flexible loops called haptics that is attached to the lens. Implants are intended to last a lifetime and are made of materials like silicone and acrylic that will not irritate your eye.
What to Expect
After your surgery has concluded, you will be given specific post-op instructions on how to care for your eyes. We can also show you how to best use eye drops as this will be required for proper healing. It is really important to not touch, rub, scratch, or press on your eye. Wearing a protective shield may be required for a short time while your eye is healing. Following a brief recovery period, you will need a driver to take you home.
Once your eye has completely healed following the surgery, your vision should be clearer. There is a possibility that, down the road, a secondary cataract will form. This occurs when the capsule that holds the new lens becomes cloudy. In such cases, a laser treatment (YAG capsulotomy) is used to make a small opening in the capsule, which clears up your vision by allowing more light to enter. This treatment takes just a few minutes to perform.
Most insurance companies will cover, at least in part, the cost of traditional cataract surgery. Refractive cataract surgery is not likely to be covered. Our Waite Vision staff will work closely with your insurance provider to determine your benefits as well as your out-of-pocket cost. This will be discussed with you prior to scheduling your surgery to allow you ample time to plan.
You Can Count On Us
Waite Vision can offer a customized solution to help treat your cataracts and restore clearer vision. By utilizing advanced technologies and proven techniques, our team has successfully provided a better quality of life for dozens of patients. We proudly serve the greater northern Utah territory from our Lehi, UT office and look forward to exceeding your expectations.