Cataract Surgery

The surgeons at Vance Thompson Vision perform traditional and advanced cataract surgery using the latest technology. Our doctors seek the highest levels of training, which means when you choose one of them, your vision is in skilled hands.

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Is Cataract Surgery for You?

When you have cataracts, the glare of oncoming headlights can be blinding. Colors fade. Uneven surfaces become difficult to navigate. And reading is no longer an enjoyable activity.

A natural part of aging, cataracts — like many aspects of getting older — diminish vision gradually. After their vision has been restored, many patients are astounded by how much clarity they’d lost.

At Vance Thompson Vision, we believe even one day is too many to live with cloudy vision. If your daily activities are affected by cataracts, it’s time to schedule your consultation.

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Cataract Surgery Options

There are two types of cataract surgery — traditional and advanced. Both types require removing your cloudy natural lens and replacing it with a new, clear lens implant.

Thanks to technological advancements, there are several implant options to choose from if you have advanced cataract surgery. Selecting the best one for you relies on your answer to this question: after surgery, do you want to do a lot with glasses or contacts or do you want to do a lot without them? Cataract surgery not only clears your cloudy vision, but can also restore some of the visual quality and reading range of your younger years.

In addition, our team can identify and address dry eye disease prior to your surgery. If you have it, treatment will prepare your cornea and improve your surgical outcomes.

Your ophthalmologist will help you select the best lens for your goals, and our friendly, professional team will work hard to make your surgery a positive experience with minimal stress and discomfort. Schedule your consultation today.

Advanced Cataract Surgery

Advanced cataract surgery — also known as laser or refractive cataract surgery — uses advanced technology and lens implants. This approach gives surgeons even more control and precision during your surgery when they replace your cloudy lens with a new, clear one.

Patients who want to reduce their dependence on glasses and contact lenses often choose advanced cataract surgery because it offers premium lens options that can recover vision loss due to age and improve overall visual quality.

Vance Thompson Vision participated in the clinical trials that developed the technologies used for advanced cataract surgery and continues to lead research to advance the field of ophthalmology. Because of that, our surgeons are well-equipped to provide advanced diagnostics and care before, during, and after your surgery.

Procedure Time 15 minutes (eyes must be done at least one day apart)
Recovery 1-2 days
Initial Follow-up 1 day

Traditional Cataract Surgery

Traditional cataract surgery manually replaces your cloudy lens with a clear new lens that focuses at one distance.

This is called a monofocal or “single vision” lens implant. Before your surgery, we will discuss whether you want that one focal point to be distance, intermediate (looking at your tablet screen), or near (reading a book). After your focal point is selected, we select the best lens for your needs.

Patients who choose this option will likely require prescription trifocal glasses to help them achieve their best vision after surgery.

Procedure Time 15 minutes (eyes must be done at least one day apart)
Recovery 1-2 days
Initial Follow-up 1 day

Why Vance Thompson Vision?

As a world leader in advanced eye care, there isn’t much the Vance Thompson Vision team hasn’t accomplished in surgical eye care and vision correction. We use the most advanced technology, and our professional standards have been adopted across the globe.

Comprehensive Refractive Center

As a comprehensive refractive center, Vance Thompson Vision has the expertise, tools, and facility required to correct an array of vision problems. This is an especially important feature for patients who select a premium lens as we have the lasers required to provide a fine-tune after surgery if it’s needed to dial in your vision.

Same Day Surgery

Most often referred to as our See and Do Cataract Program, we offer an expedited process in which patients are seen for their consultation in the morning and have surgery on one eye in the afternoon. In some cases, they return the next day for surgery on their other eye. This program has steadily grown in popularity, particularly for our patients who travel from out of town

Partnering With Your Local Optometrist

Following surgery, patients will be seen for a series of follow-up appointments to ensure healing is on track and your vision is improving as expected. These visits can be done at Vance Thompson Vision or at your local optometrist’s office. Whichever you choose, our team will schedule your aftercare appointments with your chosen provider on your behalf.

“I just can’t say enough good things about Vance Thompson Vision! Everybody was so courteous, and I am very pleased with the care I received.”

Rumi Weigel, cataract patient

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Cataract Patient Ratings & Reviews


June 14, 2024

Very professional staff. Shared all the information I needed and carefully explained each step of the procedure for cataract removal. I felt well cared for, and would highly recommend Vance Thompson Vision.

June 5, 2024

I visited Vance Thompson Vision for cataract surgery on both eyes this week and was blown away. Everyone that I came in contact with was so friendly, welcoming and helpful...from the front desk receptionist, the gal who took me for vision tests to everyone in the surgery center. I wish I could remember everyone's names but there were so many! You all did an amazing job.

May 30, 2024

5 stars!! Very courteous staff and answered any questions that I had. Made me feel very comfortable as I was a little nervous before my procedure. Explained everything in detail . Would highly recommend for anyone needing cataract surgery or lens replacement!

May 9, 2024

Excellent care Doctor was great at being supportive and calming. Staff was fantastic. The cataract surgery was quick and painless. Very pleased with the whole experience.

May 2, 2024

I was so impressed with the time spent with me, all of the testing, discussions on all of the options available to me. Another plus was that I have been given time to go home and think about the options and make my choice.

March 27, 2024

Very nice and professional service. Everyone was very pleasant and explained all steps of my cataract surgery. Would recommend to anyone looking for a great place for vision needs

March 14, 2024

I had a very good experience with my cataract surgery. I received expert care and felt I was well taken care of.

March 5, 2024

I just had cataract/glaucoma surgery yesterday and today at Vance Thompson Vision. I had to postpone several times for various reasons, but all the staff went out of their way to be friendly and helpful; the whole process was well done and efficient and went off without a hitch. I was surprised at how little discomfort I’ve had (at least so far…) and wonder now why I was so terrified to get it done. Vance Thompson Vision made the experience as painless as could be. Candy Wagner

February 7, 2024

The care I received made me feel that i was doing everything possible for the best results. The entire staff is so pleasant, thorough and caring. Any questions or concerns were answered in a very professional way. I'm just as pleased with the results of the light adjustment lens as I was with the refraction surgery 22 years ago. I will definitely return when further procedures are needed.

February 16, 2024

Everyone was very helpful and I was very satisfied with my visit. Over all a positive experience. I would recommend Vance Tjompson Vision who need cataract surgery.

December 12, 2023

Vance Thompson hires the best patient focused staff. From entrance to exit all staff are friendly, knowledgeable, and caring. Plus the most important is my eyes are fantastic since having cataract surgery. I chose light adjustment lens and very happy with that experience.

December 8, 2023

I chose to have a vision enhanced lens implanted as part of cataract surgery. That requires a few weeks of additional appointments to set and lock the lens prescription for best vision. My best evaluation gives thanks for the entire staff’s ability to really listen whenever I had questions. One caution I offer is be prepared to slow the pace of appointment activity/procedures when there are questions. The upside to that is the staff ability to really listen when the patient has their attention. I am well pleased with my experience and outcome!

December 5, 2023

If you are needing cataract surgery this is the place to go. The entire staff is tremendous.

November 25, 2023

Put simply... having cataracts removed, Mon. then Tue. ...I was apprehensive, but everyone was wonderful to me. Procedure was quick and barely felt anything in my eye with each one. There was in fact, no pain. When I was refracted to determine spectacles strength for distant vision, the optometrist assured me 20/20. I now see.... better than my entire previous is extraordinary. MANY, MANY THANKS !!! DR.SWAN'S team are all fabulous .

May 6, 2023

I had the best experience with cataract surgery on both eyes and highly recommend VTV. Not only did I have cataracts removed, I had monofocal lenses placed and don’t need glasses or contacts anymore! Huge plus for me, I’ve been wearing glasses for 51 years. The staff is wonderful and I felt very comfortable throughout the entire procedure, from the first phone call to the procedures and after. I’m very grateful and pleased.

April 1, 2023

My new Multifocal lenses done by Dr Vance Thompson are amazing. Having my eye surgery was highly recommended by a close friend and I am soo pleased with the results. No more GLASSES, woohoo!!

March 16, 2023

When I needed Cataract surgery, I was very nervous. I was amazed with how kind and comforting everyone was, and the Drs are exceptional. Everything went very well. I highly recommend Vance Thompson's.

February 18, 2023

I am so very happy with all aspects of my experience with Vance Thompson Vision. From the moment I entered their beautiful, well appointed, facility, every staff person was gracious, and helpful. My cataract surgery was incredibly painless, quick, and very successful. The follow up videos, sent by text, were extremely convenient as well as helpful and informative. I very highly recommend Vance Thompson Vision.

October 12, 2022

It was a great experience from our first fact-finding appointment through surgery and checkups. I had cataract surgery using the Light Adjusting Lens. I never cheated when I had to wear the UV goggles and now have great vision (far and near) with no glasses. I recommend Vance Thompson and his amazing staff to everyone.

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What To Expect

The first step to cataract surgery is a consultation during which extensive testing and measurements will be performed on your eyes. The doctor will also meet with you to discuss how you plan to use your vision after your surgery. From that discussion and your test results, your surgeon will help you select the best options for you.

Surgery is an outpatient procedure performed in three steps:

  1. Microscopic incisions are made in your eye. These allow a tiny instrument to be inserted.
  2. Ultrasonic waves are used to break the cloudy lens into small pieces. These are suctioned away.
  3. The new, clear lens is inserted.

Generally, the procedure lasts about 15 minutes. Patients are kept comfortable for about an hour after their surgery to ensure it was a success and to allow the sedative to wear off before they are released into the care of a family member or friend.

Patients should expect their eye to feel scratchy and their vision to be slightly blurred immediately after surgery. This is normal and will gradually improve with each passing hour.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a cataract?

A cataract is a clouding of the normally clear lens in your eye. Light enters the eye as usual, but the clouded lens disperses the light, resulting in hazy, blurred vision.

Once begun, cataracts only worsen. And because they do, replacing your cloudy natural lens with a new one is the only known treatment. Cataracts tend to develop slowly as you age so surgery may not be immediately necessary, but when your ability to read, drive, or carry out other normal activities is hindered in any way, it’s time to schedule your consultation at Vance Thompson Vision.

How much does cataract surgery cost in 2024?

The cost of cataract surgery varies depending on which surgery you choose — traditional or advanced — and which lens you and your doctor decide is right for you. The final cost can also be affected by your insurance coverage. Our knowledgeable patient counselors will walk you through the financial aspects of surgery to determine the best options for your lifestyle and budget.

Does Medicare cover cataract removal surgery?

Usually, as long as your doctor determines it’s medically necessary, Medicare covers 80% of the cost for traditional cataract surgery with a monofocal intraocular lens (IOL). Patients are responsible for covering their deductible and co-pays.

The good news is that if you prefer advanced cataract surgery and a premium lens implant, insurance will still likely cover a portion of those fees. There will be additional costs for the advanced diagnostics, specialized implant, and global after-care. All your options and any out-of-pocket fees will be discussed at your pre-surgery appointment.

Does insurance cover cataract surgery?

Usually, as long as your doctor determines it’s medically necessary, private insurance covers a portion of the cost for cataract surgery. Coverage varies by plan so it’s important to consult your insurance provider for details about your specific plan. Patients are responsible for covering their deductible and co-pays.

If you prefer advanced cataract surgery and a premium lens implant, insurance will still likely cover a portion of those fees. There will be additional costs for the advanced diagnostics, specialized implant, and global after-care. All your options and any out of pocket fees will be discussed at your pre-surgery appointment.

What is the difference between traditional and advanced cataract removal surgery?

In short, the difference is the technology used. Vance Thompson Vision uses the highest level of technology available for all surgeries; however, advanced cataract surgery utilizes the latest technology for the best outcomes. It also offers premium lenses that can minimize your dependence on glasses after surgery.

With traditional cataract surgery, patients select a monofocal lens that is set for one distance — near, intermediate, or far — and will need to wear glasses.

How long does cataract surgery take?

This varies by patient; however, in general, the procedure lasts 15 minutes. Patients are kept comfortable for about an hour after their surgery to ensure it was a success and to allow the sedative to wear off before they are released into the care of a family member or friend.

Does insurance cover premium lenses?

Due to the sophisticated design of premium lenses, they are usually not fully covered by your insurance and will often carry an additional fee.

The good news is that if you’d like to reduce your dependence on glasses following cataract surgery with refractive cataract surgery and a premium lens implant, insurance will still likely cover a portion of those fees. All your options and any out-of-pocket fees will be discussed at your consultation appointment.

What if I need cataracts removed from both eyes?

At Vance Thompson Vision, we tirelessly work to ensure patients have the best experience available for cataract surgery. Our See and Do Cataract Surgery Program is designed to make cataract surgery more convenient than ever. This program allows cataract patients to be evaluated by a surgeon in the morning, have their first eye surgery that afternoon, and in some cases, have their second surgery performed the next day.

How long will my visit last?

Even though your procedure itself may only take 15-20 minutes, your full visit to Vance Thompson Vision may take 2 hours or more. Please factor in the time it takes to check-in, receive pre-surgery preparation and medication, and ensure your surgery was a success after your procedure is complete.

Can I get cataracts again?

No. During cataract surgery, your entire natural lens is removed and replaced with a new, clear one that cannot become clouded like your natural one.

What if I experience cloudy vision after cataract surgery?

Sometimes patients do experience cloudy vision after cataract surgery. This isn’t a new cataract, but a clouding of the posterior capsule, the microscopic bag that holds your new lens in place.

When this happens, your doctor may recommend a YAG laser treatment to quickly and easily restore clear vision.

Will I be awake during cataract surgery?

Yes. Your care team will give you a mild sedative to keep you comfortable during the procedure. An anesthetist is also present in the event additional sedation is needed.

What are the restrictions after cataract surgery?

During the week following your surgery, you should not lift more than 20 pounds, avoid getting water in your eyes, and wear no makeup.

Do I have to go to my optometrist before scheduling an appointment at Vance Thompson Vision?

We encourage patients to consult their primary care optometrists first as they can diagnose a cataract, but it is not required before scheduling with Vance Thompson Vision.

Still have questions?

Cataract questions? Call us! Our representatives can answer many common questions, and when they can’t, they’ll put you in touch with a team member who can. If you’re ready, they can also schedule your cataract consultation.

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