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Phoenix Cataract Surgery

After a lifetime of clear vision, one day it can seem as if your vision is failing and even a new eyeglass prescription can’t help. You might have cataracts, but don’t panic! There’s still hope. You can see life clearly again without cataracts with the help of our expert eye doctors at our Desert Vista Eye Specialists locations in and around Phoenix, AZ. We offer cataract treatment using state-of-the-art technology and techniques to reclaim your vision.

Escape the fear and frustration of cataracts and book an appointment today!

What Are Cataracts?

A cataract is a clouding of the lens inside your eye. Think of the lens like a window: when it becomes cloudy, it’s more difficult to see through the window clearly. Cataracts affect the eye in much the same way. Cataracts are a natural part of the aging process. Everyone begins to develop cataracts around age 50 and symptoms worsen in a large number of people. More than half of all Americans will have cataract surgery by age 80. When a cataract forms, clouding prevents some of the light from passing through the lens, resulting in poor vision.

What Causes Cataracts?

Cataracts are most often the result of the natural aging process, as proteins in the lens of your eye break down and clump together. This usually starts around age 40, and may not be noticeable until around age 60, but can vary from person to person. It is widely believed that exposure to ultraviolet light also contributes to the growth of cataracts. Although less common, cataracts can be congenital, the result of another disease in the body, or develop after an eye injury.

Clear lens versus lens with cataract

For most people, cataracts progress slowly. Eventually, cataracts can impair your vision and impact your daily activities, requiring surgical treatment.

Fortunately, the cloudy natural lens in your eye can be safely removed and replaced with a man-made lens with specific focusing power for your individual needs.

To find out if you qualify for cataract surgery, call the experienced Gilbert eye surgeons of Desert Vista Eye Specialists and schedule a consultation.

Symptoms of Cataracts

If you’re experiencing any of the following symptoms, you may have cataracts, and could potentially benefit from life-changing cataract surgery:


Cloudy or blurred vision


Double vision

Faded Colors Visual

Faded colors


Trouble seeing at night


Light and glare sensitivity


Seeing halos around lights

If you have any of these symptoms or have been told you have cataracts, request an appointment online, or call (480) 507-0060 to schedule an evaluation with the cataract surgeons of Desert Vista Eye Specialists today.

Cataract Removal & Treatment

When cataracts begin to impair your quality of life, it is important to have an evaluation with your eye doctor. You can take advantage of a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to achieve better vision—potentially even better than you had before cataracts developed. 

Cataract surgery is one of the most commonly performed procedures in the U.S. It’s a brief painless outpatient procedure during which the eye’s natural lens is removed and replaced with an intraocular lens (or IOL for short). Cataract removal and lens implantation are safe and effective. At Desert Vista Eye Specialists, we are pleased to offer a variety of Advanced Technology Intraocular Lens (ATIOL) options to our patients.

Cataract Removal & Treatment

Advanced Technology Intraocular Lenses (ATIOLs)

Patients who wish to further improve their vision can do so with ATIOLs. The best lens for you depends on many factors, including your lifestyle and specific vision needs. In addition to removing the symptoms of cataracts, these advanced lenses can also correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, and even age-related loss of near vision (presbyopia).

ATIOLs can help reduce or even eliminate the need for eyeglasses and contacts.

Additional costs are involved, and many patients choose to use an interest-free financing option or pay with cash or credit card. Contact us to discuss your options.

Basic Monofocal (Single-Focus) IOLs

If you don’t mind wearing glasses, you may opt for a basic monofocal (single-focus) IOL. This traditional lens is used to replace the cloudy lens of the eye, reversing the effects of cataracts.

This technology has been available for many years and improved millions of patients’ vision. The lenses correct your vision for one distance only. This means that you will continue to be dependent on glasses for some tasks, such as reading. Basic monofocal IOLs are covered by most medical insurance plans.

Our cataract surgeons at Desert Vista Eye Specialists use the most advanced lenses and will be happy to discuss the best option for your unique eyes.

To find out which intraocular lens option is best for you, schedule a consultation with a Desert Vista Eye Specialists eye surgeon today.

Laser Cataract Surgery

Desert Vista Eye Specialists is proud to be leaders in laser cataract surgery for the Phoenix, Arizona area. Laser surgery eliminates the need for a surgical blade and offers our patients an incredibly precise procedure with optimized results.

Light Adjustable Lens™ from RxSight®

The Light Adjustable Lens is the only adjustable intraocular lens (IOL) available that allows optimization of your vision after lens implantation and healing. If you and your doctor select the Light Adjustable Lens, the first step is to have your cataract safely removed and the adjustable IOL implanted. The cataract removal and IOL implantation procedure is the same as if you selected a non-adjustable IOL.

What is unique about the Light Adjustable Lens is that once your eye has healed, you return to your eye doctor to have your vision tested. During this visit you will be able to preview and compare possible vision outcomes based on your unique preferences and lifestyle requirements before selecting a prescription for your adjustable lens. Your doctor will then apply a proprietary light treatment that precisely reshapes your implanted lens based on the visual correction that is needed to target your custom prescription.

You may need 3 to 5 total light treatments to reach your vision goals. Additional costs are involved, and many patients choose to use an interest-free financing option or pay with cash or credit card. Contact us to learn more and discuss your options.

Frequently Asked Questions About Cataracts

Can I Prevent Cataracts?

There is no certain way to prevent the development of cataracts or to slow their progression. However, taking the following steps to safeguard the health of your eyes may help:

  • Undergo regular eye examinations

  • Eat a healthy diet

  • Don’t smoke

  • Wear sunglasses with UV protection

  • Address other health problems

Are Some People at Higher Risk For Cataracts?

Cataracts are a natural part of the eye’s aging process and impact everyone. However, there are some risk factors that may put certain people at higher risk for developing cataracts at an earlier age. These include:

  • Diabetes

  • High blood pressure

  • Nearsightedness

  • Obesity

  • Smoking

  • Excessive sunlight exposure

  • Previous eye surgery

  • Eye injury and/or inflammation

  • Use of corticosteroid medications

  • Excessive alcohol consumption

Can I Have Cataract Surgery if I Already Had LASIK?

Yes. If you’ve had LASIK surgery in the past you can still have cataract surgery. 

How Much Does Cataract Surgery Cost? Will Insurance Cover My Cataract Surgery?

When cataracts progress to the point where clouding of the lens causes vision loss or impairment that impedes daily activities, cataract surgery is deemed medically necessary and is typically covered by medical insurance.

Basic Intraocular Lenses (IOLs) will eliminate the cloudiness caused by cataracts and are covered by insurance, but you may incur out-of-pocket expenses if you and your surgeon choose an advanced technology implant (ATIOL) or laser technology.

Be sure to ask your surgical counselor about flexible payment options.

Are Both Eyes Done at the Same Time?

No, each eye is operated on separately, usually 1-4 weeks apart.

How Long Does it Take to Recover and See Again?

Eye surgery is like surgery on any other body part—there will be a period of recovery. Fortunately for cataract surgery, this time is minimal. Your vision will be blurry right after surgery, but most patients are able to go back to normal daily activities in as little as 24-48 hours.

Am I Asleep During the Procedure?

While you are awake during cataract surgery, your doctor will use anesthetic eye drops to numb your eyes. You will also be given a sedative to help you relax during the procedure. 

Does Cataract Surgery Hurt?

The actual procedure is not painful. Most patients feel mild to moderate irritation for the first few days after surgery, similar to having an eyelash in the eye. Artificial tears may be used as often as necessary to reduce this irritation.

Will I Still Need Glasses After Surgery?

ATIOLs (Multifocal implants for astigmatism and presbyopia) may help you avoid having to wear glasses or contacts altogether. Using a basic single-focus implant, you will still require at least a reading prescription. Be sure to ask your doctor about your advanced technology implant (ATIOL) options. 

Do Cataracts Grow Back?

Once removed, cataracts cannot return. In some cases, however, cloudiness (posterior capsule fibrosis) may occur in the lens capsule months or years after surgery. This eye condition is also treatable with a safe and painless laser procedure.

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Visit Our Cataract Surgeons on East Guadalupe Road

Looking for cataract surgery in Phoenix, AZ? Visit our office at 2450 East Guadalupe Road!

Desert Vista Eye Specialists

2450 E. Guadalupe Road, Suite 107,

Gilbert, AZ 85234


“More than half of all Americans will have cataract surgery by age 80.”

Reference: 1. Facts about cataract. National Eye Institute Website. Accessed March 08, 2022.