Western Rockies Eye Center, P.C.

FRONTIER PLAZA

2460 Patterson Rd. Unit #2

Grand Junction, CO 81505

            Gregory E. Kellam, M.D.          Tracy D. Carter, D.O.             Michael E. Luby, O.D. 

   

 
 

(800)221-8196 - Grand Junction, Colorado

Trust Your Eyes with Our Experts

We Provide Cataract Surgery & Evaluation Services

Reduce the effects that cataracts have on your eyes with cataract surgery provided by our expert eye doctors in Grand Junction, Colorado. Day Surgery of Grand Junction is located adjacent to Western Rockies Eye Center PC's clinical area. This modern outpatient facility is designed to offer the best and most cost effective environment for cataract surgery. It is Medicare approved and licensed by the State of Colorado. Contact us today to get started.

Diagnosing Cataracts

The lens of the eye is normally crystal clear. However, in some diseases, following injury or in the normal aging change of the eye, the lens may become cloudy. When the lens becomes cloudy, it is called a Cataract. Removal of a cataract is actually the removal of the cloudy lens. An IOL (intraocular lens implant) is placed inside the eye after the cataract has been removed. The intraocular lens implant restores clear vision to the eye and allows the patient to see well without thick glasses or contact lenses. Intraocular lens implants are safe and effective for most people. Since they are made of an artificial, man-made material they will never become cloudy.

Trust Our Professional Staff

The professional staff of Ophthalmologists, Anesthesiologists, Registered Nurses, and Certified Ophthalmic Technicians provides quality care, encouraging family participation in a caring and professional atmosphere. After discussing surgery with your ophthalmologist, the Surgery Counselor will schedule your surgery, giving you written instructions and an opportunity to ask questions. Our receptionist greets you the day of surgery and assists you and your family during the admission and discharge process.

The Symptoms of Cataracts

The symptoms of cataracts vary somewhat from patient to patient, but usually include some combination of the following: progressive blurring of vision, differences in vision of one eye as compared to the other, subdued color vision, and increased glare sensitivity. Increased glare sensitivity is one of the more common symptoms and is especially noted in bright sunlight and in night driving with oncoming headlights striking the cloudy lens. Most patients who have moderately advanced cataracts find night driving to be difficult. There is no medical treatment or prevention for development of cataracts. Once the cataract begins to develop, there is no way to alter its progression.

The Latest Cataract Removal Surgery

Cataracts are surgically removed when they become advanced enough to interfere with the patient's lifestyle. Techniques of cataract surgery have changed dramatically in the past 30 years. The doctors here at Western Rockies Eye Center use the most up-to-date techniques called Phacoemulsification. This technique requires very small incisions and no stitches are required to close the incision. This modern technique allows the patient to safely have surgery in an outpatient setting, return home immediately, and resume normal activities very soon after the cataract surgery.

Laser-Free Cataract Surgery

We are frequently asked if we use lasers in performing cataract surgery. Ophthalmologists use lasers to treat many eye problems, but not to perform cataract surgery. Lasers are being used, but for research only now. However, one of the more frequent complications of modern cataract surgery is called "posterior capsular clouding." This means that a membrane behind the artificial lens becomes cloudy and interferes with the vision, somewhat like the original cataract did. This type of clouding can be remedied with a laser treatment that is painless and takes only a few minutes.

The Advantages Outweigh the Risks

No surgical procedure is without risk. Fortunately, major complications in modern cataract surgery are unusual and can often be corrected if they do occur. In rare instances, severe or even total loss of vision may result from surgical complications. These instances are quite unusual. However, you should know of the existence of these complications. Your doctor will discuss these with you in more detail if you desire.
Call our clinic in Grand Junction, Colorado, at (970) 243-9000 to sit down and speak with one of our eye doctors about cataract surgery.

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