Regaining Clarity: A Comprehensive Guide to Cataract Surgery at ART Vision

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June is Cataract Awareness Month and the team at ART Vision prides itself on educating patients on the importance of recognizing the symptoms of cataracts and what can be done to improve vision impacted by cataracts. Cataracts are a common eye condition that affects millions of people worldwide and can significantly impact your vision and overall quality of life. Fortunately, with advancements in medical technology and the expertise of skilled ophthalmologists like Dr. Alison R. Tendler at ART Vision in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, cataract surgery has become a safe and effective solution for restoring vision. 

Understanding Cataracts:

Before diving into the specifics of cataract surgery, let's first understand what cataracts are. Cataracts occur when the lens of the eye becomes clouded, resulting in blurred or distorted vision. Factors such as age, genetics, eye injuries, and certain medical conditions can contribute to the development of cataracts. Because cataracts cannot be reversed through medication or lifestyle changes, surgery remains the most effective solution for restoring clear vision.

The Cataract Surgery Process:

Cataract surgery at ART Vision is a relatively quick outpatient procedure that involves the removal of the clouded lens and replacement with an artificial intraocular lens (IOL). Prior to surgery, the team at ART Vision will provide you with a wealth of knowledge regarding the evaluation, surgery, and follow-up process. Dr. Tendler and her team want each patient to be knowledgeable and feel confident coming in for their surgical evaluation. Dr. Tendler will conduct a comprehensive examination to assess the severity of the cataract and determine the most suitable IOL for the patient. When choosing the best option for lenses, Dr. Tendler takes into account your medical history, eye health, and lifestyle. Many people choose to have refractive cataract surgery, which means that they will be mostly free of glasses or other corrective lenses after surgery. Some patients choose basic cataract surgery, which means the lens is replaced but they will still require glasses or reading glasses after surgery to see their best.

Dr. Tendler performs all cataract surgeries in her in-office surgical suite at ART Vision. Cataract surgery is a brief outpatient procedure that is performed under local anesthesia to numb the eye area. Patients also receive mild sedation to ensure comfort during the procedure. Dr. Tendler uses advanced techniques to delicately break up and remove the cloudy lens. This method minimizes incision size and promotes faster healing. Once the cataract is removed, an artificial IOL is inserted into the same location to restore vision. 

Following surgery, patients are provided with detailed postoperative instructions. Dr. Tendler and her team closely monitor patients' progress through follow-up appointments either with Dr. Tendler or your optometrist to ensure proper healing and address any concerns.

Benefits of Cataract Surgery at ART Vision:

Under the care of Dr. Tendler and her team at ART Vision, patients can expect numerous benefits from their cataract surgery experience:   

  • Improved Vision: Cataract surgery can dramatically improve visual clarity, allowing patients to see more clearly and enjoy a better quality of life.   
  • Personalized Approach: Dr. Tendler takes the time to understand each patient's unique needs and customizes treatment plans accordingly, ensuring the best possible results.   
  • Cutting-Edge Technology: ART Vision is equipped with state-of-the-art surgical tools and advanced diagnostic technology, enabling Dr. Tendler to perform precise and safe cataract surgeries.   
  • Skilled and Compassionate Care: The entire team at ART Vision is known for their warm, friendly approach and commitment to patient comfort. Patients see the same faces throughout their surgical process, from their preoperative evaluation to their surgery day and beyond, allowing not just outstanding care, but the comfort of building relationships with caring team members. Patients can trust that they are in the hands of experienced professionals who prioritize their well-being.

Cataract surgery with Dr. Tendler offers individuals suffering from cataracts the opportunity to regain clear and vibrant vision. With a patient-centered approach, advanced technology, and a focus on personalized care, Dr. Tendler and her team provide exceptional outcomes and a positive surgical experience. If you or a loved one are seeking cataract surgery, ART Vision can help you on your journey toward better vision and improved quality of life, helping you “See the World Better. See Yourself Better.”


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* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.