ICON is Denver's cataract surgery leader
- Same day cataract evaluation appointments are available. Cataract surgery requires at least two visits.
- Multiple Colorado locations including Denver, Downtown Denver, Lone Tree, Golden, Loveland, and Grand Junction.
- The newest eye surgical center in Colorado at our Lone Tree location.
- Most insurance providers accepted.
- Over 200,000 surgical eye care procedures performed by ICON's board and fellowship trained surgeons!
ICON Offers Laser Assisted Cataract Surgery
ICON's board certified surgeons have performed 200,000 procedures. In addition to this breadth of experience, ICON’s eye surgery center in Colorado is highly advanced. If you're having trouble reading, seeing in the distance, or if you notice difficulty with night vision, it may be due to cataracts. Cataracts are very common and start to develop as early as 50 years of age. In fact, eventually everyone will develop cataracts. If you know you have a cataract or are concerned ICON Eyecare offers same day appointments for cataract consults in many instances. We want to take care of your vision as fast as possible so you can continue to live a happy and fulfilling life. We accept most insurance plans.
The Cost of Cataract Surgery in DenverICON offers quality cataract surgery in Denver and Grand Junction. Cataract surgery is covered by health insurance. If you would like to cash pay for cataract surgery because of a high deductible, the cost of cataract surgery in Denver varies depending on your custom situation and lens choice, from standard lens replacement to advanced lens options and ICLs.
What Causes Cataracts?
Cataracts can be caused by trauma, excessive exposure to ultraviolet light; but normally develop due to natural changes in the lens of the eye that over time cause the lens to become cloudy and lose its clarity. When the lens is no longer clear, and vision is disrupted, the lens is said to have developed a cataract. A cataract is one of the most common causes of vision loss as individuals age, but unlike other conditions it can be corrected in almost all cases. While older individuals are more prone to developing cataracts, it can also affect young adults and children. Many people do not realize that they have a cataract in the early stages. There is a gradual clouding of the vision, blurring or dimming of sight, and the challenge of glare and halos at night. The condition worsens slowly over months and years, but cataract surgery can correct the problem.
How are Cataracts Removed?
Cataracts can be removed comfortably, quickly, and effectively with a surgery using phacoemulsification. In this surgery, the lens is broken into pieces, removed, and an artificial lens is put back in its place. Typically, vision is restored in days. While all surgeries have risks, the success rate is extremely high. Surgery is typically very comfortable, with minimal discomfort. Almost everyone having cataract surgery will receive a lens implant to replace the cataract. There are different choices for which type of artificial lenses to implant during cataract surgery, including the following specialized implants: ReSTOR®, ReZoom™, Crystalens®.
What to Do if You Think You Have a Cataract(s)?Here are the first steps to taking care of your cataracts
- Set up an appointment at ICON or your local optometrist
- If you have a cataract your eye doctor will present you with surgical options to remove the cataract and to restore your vision.
How to Prevent Cataracts
There are no studies that have conclusively proven that cataracts can be entirely prevented. One of the main risk factors for the development of cataracts is advancing age. For this reason, the patients over the age of 50 are advised to undergo routine screening for cataracts. There are no studies that have conclusively proven that cataracts can be prevented. It is more a question of when you will get them, as opposed to if you will get them.One of the main factors contributing towards the development of cataracts is advancing age. For this reason, patients over the age of 50 are advised to undergo routine eye exams. Several lifestyle measures can make a difference in delaying the onset of cataracts and possibly slowing their progression:
- Mange any existing health problems as directed by a physician. Diabetes, in particular, is known to increase the risk of cataracts.
- Stop cigarette smoking and reduce alcohol intake, as these two lifestyle habits have been linked to cataract formation.
- Protect the eyes from sunlight exposure, as both UVA and UVB light have been shown to contribute to cataract formation.
- Maintain a healthy diet and exercise regularly, managing weight and eating plenty of fruits and vegetables.
- Regular eye examinations can detect cataracts in the early stages even before the symptoms of the condition become evident to a person.
Statins and CataractsA recent study regarding statins and cataracts have raised concern about the use of these drugs. It was found that a statin user has a slightly higher risk of developing cataracts. Statins are cholesterol-lowering drugs that are an important part of preventing heart attacks and strokes. These drugs should never be stopped in an attempt to prevent a cataract. The risk is minimal and while a cataract can be effectively treated, a heart attack or stroke can end up with fatal consequences if it is not properly managed.
Glasses Cannot be Used to Treat CataractsThe only treatment for cataracts is the surgical removal of the natural lens of the eye. In the early stages, many cataract sufferers may find that they need frequent changes to their glasses prescription, but eyeglasses will neither treat nor prevent the condition for the long term. Sunglasses that block UVA and UVB rays may help in the prevention of cataracts, as long-term exposure to sunlight can contribute to cataract formation. The need for glasses after surgery is determined by the lens chosen by a patient.
LASIK and CataractsLASIK is a commonly performed eye procedure to correct visual disturbances like nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. It is an entirely different procedure from cataract surgery, but there are several myths and misconceptions regarding LASIK and cataracts. Firstly, LASIK does not cause cataracts. Furthermore, LASIK cannot be used to treat cataracts. A person who has undergone cataract surgery can have LASIK to correct refractive errors of the eye. However, LASIK should be delayed if the cataracts are the primary reason for vision problems.
Visian Implantable Collamer Lens
ICL lenses are also used for some individuals that are not candidates for traditional lasik surgery. For those who cannot have Laser vision correction, or those with very high corrections (high myopia), the implantable collamer lens by Visian may be a wonderful option to reduce or eliminate your dependence on glasses/contacts. This thin lens can gently be slipped inside the eye through a small incision. Once positioned, it rests behind the iris and in front of the natural lens of the eye. As these lenses are tailored to your correction, even for extreme nearsightedness, uncorrected vision is typically improved in dramatic fashion. Further, implantable lenses have a fundamental advantage over laser correction; they can be removed from the eye if needed. Also, the cornea is minimally affected, with no corneal tissue removed or ablated. Typically surgery is painless, and recovery is exceedingly fast.
Refractive Lens ExchangeFor some individuals refractive lens exchange, also know as a clear lens replacement, refractive lensectomy, or clear lens extraction, may be a better option than Lasik or PRK. A refractive lens exchange is essentially the same procedure as a cataract surgery but performed to eliminate or reduce a person’s need for contact lenses or glasses. Stop in for a consult to learn more information regarding this procedure.
Newest Intraocular Lens TechnologyICON offers the latest options in lens technology including the cutting-edge ReSTOR®, ReZoom™, and Crystalens®. Each of these lenses was produced to help maximize your independence from glasses after cataract surgery. This provides additional options other than the standard monofocal lens covered by health insurance. Each lens comes with a unique set of benefits and patients selection is based on their individual lifestyles.
Set Up a Cataract or Eye Care Appointment Today
- Call 720-524-1001 for more information on IOL or other lens surgery.
- You can request your cataract appointment online using our online scheduling appointment request form.