Cataract Surgery

Recover Your VisionCataract Surgery Salt Lake City

original_catract_surgeryAs a certified member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, Dr. Rachel S. Benator is dedicated to recovering her patients’ vision through safe, simple, and affordable vision correction treatments, both surgical and non-surgical. Our team of experienced eye care professionals understands how wearisome being unable to see can be. It is for that reason that Dr. Benator provides patients with eye care services that are customized not just to their prescription, but to their eye’s shape, size, and condition. For many patients who suffer from extreme and constant blurriness, and other vision imparities that are sparked by light or darkness, we provide cataract surgery at our Salt Lake City practice to effectively remove cloudiness from their eye sight.

About The Cataract Surgery

A cataract is a clouding of your eye’s natural ocular lens. Cataracts can blur your vision and increase glare that is reflected by light. Cataract surgery is a procedure that allows us to remove the clouded lens of your eye, and replace it with an artificial clear lens. This outpatient surgery is an extremely common, generally safe procedure. Before recommending cataract surgery to her Salt Lake City patients, Dr. Rachel Benator executes a thorough examination of their eyes, and performs several scans monitoring their vision. Dr. Benator usually recommends cataract surgery if a cataract makes it increasingly difficult for you to engage in normal activities.

Cataract Surgery takes one hour and can be performed at our Salt Lake City vision center. Dr. Benator begins by placing eye drops into your eye to dilate your pupil. Next, you will be giving a local anesthesia to numb the area. There are two different procedures that can be performed: 1. phacoemulsification, which utilizes a small incision on the side of the cornea and an ultrasonic instrument to emulsify the cataract before it’s removed, and 2.extracapsular surgery, which employs a larger incision and removes the cataract whole.

Once your cataract has been removed, Dr. Benator implants an intraocular lens, which is made up of a synthetic, into the vacant cavity. The IOL cannot be felt by the patient, and in most cases, becomes a permanent piece of your eye.

ReSTOR Intraocular Lens

The AcrySof® ReSTOR apodized diffractive intraocular lens is the most recent innovation in lens implant technology. The ReSTOR lens is similar to two lenses in one, improving both intermediate vision and farsightedness. This lens replacement procedure is also available for people who don’t have cataracts but wish to have surgery to correct their eyesight.

Toric Intraocular Lens

If you suffer from several vision problems, astigmatism being one of them, and undergo cataract surgery, there is a strong likelihood you may still have hazy vision because certain artificial alternate lenses can’t correct corneal astigmatism. To be able to see distance well, you may require the additional use of corrective lenses. However, the exclusive design of the AcrySof® Toric lens provides vision correction for astigmatism, and may minimize the need for corrective lenses.

Does it take a Long Time to Recover from Having the Surgery?

The answer is no. After undergoing cataract surgery at our Salt Lake City eye clinic, you can expect your vision to begin improving within just a few days. In most cases, a patient’s eye sight is blurry immediately following the procedure, but his or her vision adjusts tremendously during the recovery process. Typically, patients feel itching and a moderate amount of soreness for the first couple of days following cataract surgery. Generally, it takes up to eight weeks for a patient’s vision to be completely healed.

Are You a Candidate?

Because putting off this type of refractive surgery doesn’t technically harm your eyes, Dr. Benator suggests you take time to evaluate your treatment options. You may be a candidate for cataract surgery if you:

  • Experience difficulty driving at night
  • Have problems reading or watching TV
  • Have difficulty seeing in the dark
  • Can’t see when bright lights are around you or shining at you
  • Have vision that is clouded or blurred

Learn More about Your Options by Contacting Us

We encourage you to continue to explore our website to learn more about the various treatment options that we offer to our patients. Whether you want to improve your vision with LASIK, or you want your near vision restored, Dr. Benator and her team have the necessary tools to help you regain your eyesight. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with one of our eye care experts.