Traditional Cataract Surgery in Sioux Falls, SD

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About Traditional Surgery

At ART Vision, traditional cataract removal is performed by Dr. Alison R. Tendler, a board-certified ophthalmologist, through a very small incision in the side of the cornea, or window to the eye. Dr. Tendler will use very small tools and precise motions to break up the cataract and remove it from the eye. Next, an intraocular lens will be inserted to replace the cloudy and dysfunctional lens that was removed. Your eye is precious and as an experienced and skilled surgeon with years of experience, Dr. Tendler prides herself in performing this highly effective and safe procedure fro her patients.  Before determining your need for traditional cataract removal, you will meet with our team at our Sioux Falls, SD facility to undergo a comprehensive consultation and detailed eye examination so that we can discuss all of your options and create a detailed treatment plan that is mutually agreeable. Begin your journey toward clearer vision and a cataract-free life by contacting ART Vision today.

Is traditional surgery right for me?

Traditional cataract surgery allows for one lens option, noted below.  Other options can be discussed depending on your lifestyle and needs, and is termed Advanced lens-based surgery. 

Basic Lens-Based Surgery (Insurance only) If you simply want to have improved quality of vision after surgery and desire to wear glasses for distance and near tasks, this is your best option. Although the strength of your glasses will likely improve, you will still need them for your best overall vision.

To read more about Advanced, or REFRACTIVE, lens-based surgery, click here.

Best Candidates

Traditional cataract removal surgery is an ideal procedure for patients in good health who have cataracts that are affecting their vision quality and ability to perform everyday tasks. Individuals with other eye-related diseases, or who have certain heath conditions can still be good candidates for vision improvement through surgery, and will be reviewed in detail at your examination. Meet with Dr. Tendler at ART Vision to discuss your options for cataract treatment and learn if traditional surgery or if the opportunity for refractive cataract surgery is the right option for you.

Procedure Technique

The standard cataract removal procedure is somewhat straightforward. Each individual will receive a new customized lens based upon their unique anatomy.  After numbing your eyes and providing sedation to help you relax, Dr. Tendler will place an eyelid holder to allow the lids to remain out of the way as the surgery progresses.  Next, a small incision will be made just large enough to pass (microscopic) surgical instruments through. Then, ultrasonic waves are used to break up the cataract into very small pieces before suctioning them away. Finally, your new intraocular lens is inserted into the eye, replacing the cataract that was removed.


After your surgery is finished, a member of the ART Vision team will explain how to care for your treated eye during your recovery. No eye shields are typically needed following surgery, except for at bed time, to help prevent you from scratching or rubbing it while sleeping. These instructions will include how to administer and how often to use any eye drops that will be prescribed to you post-procedure. Follow-up visits will be scheduled for you prior to leaving our facility. It is very important that you attend these appointments so that our team can monitor and ensure you are healing appropraitely.

Trusted Relief

The ART Vision team is comprised of compassionate vision professionals that understand how intimidating the concept of eye surgery can be. However, under the guidance of Dr. Alison Tendler, your cataract removal surgery will be performed with superior precision and accuracy for clearer vision that is achieved safely. If you are nervous about cataract surgery but are interested in hearing more about the benefits, contact ART Vision in Sioux Falls, SD today to schedule a consultation.  We look forward to helping you See the World Better and See Yourself Better.

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