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.
"My experience here was great. I had a lot of concerns and worries. After a comprehensive eye exam and consult with Dr. Waite I am very excited for lasik. The price is very reasonable and the service is top notch. The office is wonderfully decorated and the staff are very kind. Lasik has been a dream, but now it can be a reality. I'm very thankful for the ability to get lasik in 2019. Thanks again for a great experience."- M.J. / Google / Jan 01, 2019
"I had an amazing experience with Waite Vison. All of their staff is super friendly and treat you like an old friend. Dr. Waite did a fabulous job on my eyes. I was seeing better than 20/15 within 10 minutes of the surgery and I’ve had zero pain during or since (over a month now). Best money I’ve ever spent. If you’re thinking of taking the leap to great vision, look no further than Waite Vision."- R.T. / Google / Dec 31, 2018
"I am an ophthalmology resident and worked closely with Dr. Waite through my training. I have watched him perform a lot of surgery and knew thatI could trust him with my eyes. And it was amazing! The front desk was helpful and flexible. The technicians were warm and friendly and took all anxiety out of the process. Dr. Waite himself is incredible. he took the extra time on me to resolve concerns and double check measurements so that I would be happy with the results. And boy am I happy! I was see"- J. / Healthgrades / Dec 29, 2018
"I really appreciated the thorough eye exam they performed prior to my LASIK procedure. Love my new 20/15 vision!"- J.S. / Healthgrades / Dec 24, 2018
"Best decision I’ve ever made! I did a lot of research and looked at several places. It seemed like reviews from other places had more negative reviews for my comfort (these are my eyes!), I wanted positive results. I love how Waite Vision's website has patient reviews/experiences on their website talking about not just Lasik but all eye surgeries that Dr Waite preforms. This was something that I couldn't find on other company websites. I really appreciated the thorough eye exam that they preform, it made me feel more comfortable in the decision I was making. I didn't qualify for Lasik, but Dr Waite recommended PRK corrective surgery and he explained why and address all the concerns I had. One of the biggest things that made me pick Waite Vision is I knew that I was going to get quality over quantity. A lot of these other companies offer such large discounts on their lasik surgeries. I'm a saver, and it's nice to not have to pay much for such a great thing but these are your eyes. I personally would rather pay what I need to in order to see so I can live the life that I want without having to worry about my vision. After my surgery I had a lot of people ask how much it was and I really think that is the wrong question. I think the question that should be ask is "How much is your vision worth?" The eye is such an important organ in the body and it is very delicate, The brain and heart (for example) are also important and delicate organs and I don't think people would seek out discounts and cheep places to fix those organs. The Waite Vision team is amazing, they take such great care of you, they check in with you every day after your surgery and really want to help you get the best out of your experience. I will always recommend Waite Vision for anyone that is looking for any kind of corrective eye surgery. They are the best!"- J.S. / Google / Dec 19, 2018
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.