Cataract Surgery in Far West Side

Cataract Surgery in Far West Side

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Don’t Let Cataracts Cloud Your Vision

Over 50% of people aged 65 and older have a cataract in one or both eyes. As the cataract progresses, vision deteriorates, leading to a decreased quality of life. Fortunately, cataract surgery can easily treat this condition.

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What Are Cataracts?

Cataracts are cloudy patches that develop on the lens of your eye. Cataracts can cause blurred or double vision, may increase light sensitivity and interfere with driving, especially at night. Without cataract surgery, millions of people around the world would be unable to see clearly.

The most common symptoms include:
  • Blurred or double vision
  • Trouble seeing at night
  • Sensitivity to glare
  • Colored halos around lights
  • Colors appearing more faded
  • Requiring brighter light for reading

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When to Get Cataract Surgery

As we evaluate your eye health and vision, we'll carefully examine your lens for signs of cataract formation. If a cataract is detected and the clouding is causing visual disruption, our optometrist will refer you to a trusted surgeon for cataract surgery. EyeTX - Culebra will be there for you, providing pre and post cataract surgery care.

As the condition begins to seriously impair your vision and adversely affects your daily life, impacting your ability to read, drive, watch TV or recognize faces, you should seriously consider surgery.

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Your Cataract Surgery Co-Management Specialist in Far West Side

Our optometry practice in Far West Side

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Hours
  • Monday 8:30 am - 6:00 pm
  • Tuesday 8:30 am - 6:00 pm
  • Wednesday 8:30 am - 6:00 pm
  • Thursday 8:30 am - 6:00 pm
  • Friday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Saturday 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
  • Sunday Closed
Insurance Plans
  • VSP
  • Medicare
  • United Healthcare
  • Spectera
  • Medicaid
  • Anthem
  • EyeMed
  • Blue Cross
  • MetLife
  • Aetna

Benefits of Cataract Surgery

  • High success rate

    Cataract surgery, one of the world’s most commonly performed surgeries, has a 95% success rate.

  • Quick and convenient

    This procedure can take just 30 to 45 minutes in an outpatient setting or hospital.

  • Prevents other eye problems

    Removing cataracts can reduce the risk of eye inflammation and pressure inside the eye–a leading cause of glaucoma.

  • Rapid recovery time

    Patients start seeing more clearly within a few days. Colors may seem brighter thanks to the new, clear lens.

Patient Reviews
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- Feb. 23, 2024
The appointment was quick and efficient and the turnaround time to pick up my glasses was reasonable... . I appreciated that I wasn't pressured into buying new frames when I just wanted to update the lenses in my current frames.
- Feb. 07, 2024
I brought in glasses (from an online store) that had a screw missing. The screw in them was too smal... l and barely touched the threads so it was inevitable. ANGELA helped me right away. She not only fixed them but got a screw fully threaded through the whole piece. There's no chance I'm losing a screw again. Great service!!!
- Jan. 11, 2024
Speechless! All I can say is WOW. Never in my 46 years of wearing glasses have I ever had such an ou... tstanding eye exam/visit. From scheduling to insurance to eyewear/contacts AWESOME! The staff is very nice and customer service is top notch. Brenda helped me and was so professional and awesome. Micheal was the optometrist who saw me and he was phenomenal! He explained everything every step of the way. He asked me my needs and wants and gave me options. He went above and beyond for my vision needs. There was another male at the front desk (I didn’t catch his name) who was very friendly and professional. Brenda knew my insurance benefits so I didn’t have to hassle calling to re-confirm. Not one mistake was made. I will continue to bring all of my business here. EyeTX Culebra, if any of you are reading this, just know you made my day. The exam rooms were clean and well stocked. Lots of glasses to choose from but I ended up getting contacts. I will be back and my family too!
- Jan. 06, 2024
The staff was very friendly and helpful.
- Nov. 02, 2023
Doctor and staff were outstanding
- Oct. 24, 2023
Outstanding service and a knowledgeable doc.
- Oct. 23, 2023
The staff was very friendly and helpful without putting pressure to buy.
- Oct. 13, 2023
Great friendly place !
- Sep. 12, 2023
Great customer service. Angela is a sweet heart. Only place I go for my annual exam and eyewear. ... Thank you Angela for all the help you provided on a day that started out terrible but ended on a happy note thanks to you. Angela and Elizabeth you rock✌🏽❤️
- Sep. 09, 2023
Exams are thorough and quick. Staff is friendly and store was clean. Dr. Lopez is wonderful!
- Aug. 27, 2023
Fast, nice, and professional.
- Aug. 12, 2023
Love the staff and doctors at the Culebra location—Elizabeth is a gem, always going the extra mile... and makes everything easy. Dr Aguilera was wonderful and Dr Alvarez equally amazing.
- Jul. 29, 2023
Great service
- Jul. 18, 2023
Really enjoyed coming here. 1st time at this location. Staff was friendly. They were quick but wi... thout losing any of the customer service.
- Jun. 22, 2023
Great staff ! And Dr Shriya was pleasant and addressed all my concerns!
- Jun. 01, 2023
Dr. Michael Aguilera was thorough and kind. I will continue to see him as my optometrist.
- May. 28, 2023
Great service and professional staff
- May. 26, 2023
The staff is efficient and professional
- May. 21, 2023
Very nice and helpful workers. They. Gave me fast service. And I'm so great full. .
- May. 08, 2023
In the last three years I have been to at least three different eyeglass centers. EyeTX is by far th... e best. The eye exam was done perfectly to match my vision problems. The frames were neither fancy nor nerdy. They fit my face perfectly. The staff was very helpful with all the details. There was no pressure on their part to decide on which frames I chose. I would highly recommend EyeTX to my friends and family. You need to create a commercial to advertise your excellent services.

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How to Prepare for Cataract Surgery

  • Apply antibiotic or anti-inflammatory eyedrops a few days before surgery if instructed to by your eye doctor
  • Arrange for a ride after the surgery, since you won’t be able to drive
  • Wash your face in the morning of the procedure and don’t wear eye makeup, strong perfumes or aftershave

What Happens During Cataract Surgery

Cataract surgery removes your natural cloudy lens and replaces it with an artificial intraocular lens (IOL) to improve and restore vision. This common and very safe procedure is performed by an eye doctor (ophthalmologist) on an outpatient basis.

  • The eye surgeon (ophthalmologist) will perform cataract surgery on one eye at a time. That means that you will come in for another surgery on the second eye. The procedure is brief and typically takes 30 to 45 minutes to complete.
  • The eye doctor will place drops into your eyes to numb them and dilate your pupils. Though you’ll be conscious during the procedure, you may be offered a sedative to help you remain calm. The eye surgeon will then remove your natural lens and replace it with the IOL. You should feel no pain or discomfort thanks to the anesthetic.
What Happens During Cataract Surgery

Cataract Surgery After-Care

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After surgery, you may feel a bit drowsy as an after-effect of the sedative. Your eye doctor will prescribe eye drops to prevent infection, inflammation and to reduce pressure within your eye. The surgeon may recommend that you wear an eye patch for a few days after your surgery and the protective shield when you sleep during the recovery period. Make sure to avoid rubbing your eyes or touching them unless necessary.

A day after cataract surgery, we'll provide a post-operative eye exam to make sure that all is well. Your Far West Side optometrist will further perform a series of follow-up exams in the weeks and months to come. If determined that you require corrective lenses following your cataract surgery, we'll make sure you get the proper prescription.


Cataract Surgery Management FAQs

What are side effects of cataract surgery?

While side effects are rare, there are some issues that people commonly encounter in the days after surgery, as the eyes heal.

  • Dry eye
  • Feeling that something is in the eye
  • Blurry vision
  • Light sensitivity

If any of these side effects do not subside within a week or two, please contact EyeTX - Culebra.

Can I delay cataract surgery

You can delay cataract surgery, but keep in mind that your vision will likely worsen the longer you put off the procedure.

When is cataract surgery not recommended?

Cataract patients who also have age-related macular degeneration or retinal detachment may not respond well to cataract surgery and the new lens may not correct vision.

Can cataract surgery give me 20/20 vision?

If you had great vision before developing cataracts, it’s likely that cataract surgery will restore your sight. Moreover, the IOL inserted into your eye can be designed to correct refractive errors, providing you with clear vision.


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