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Clearer Vision Starts Today

Premier Cataract Surgery

At Aspen Valley Hospital, we specialize in restoring your vision and enhancing your quality of life through advanced cataract surgery. Our highly skilled team is dedicated to providing personalized care using state-of-the-art technology. Whether you’re experiencing blurry vision, glare or difficulty with everyday tasks, we’re here to offer you a path to clearer sight and a brighter future. Trust us to guide you every step of the way on your journey to clearer vision.

Cataracts, or clouding of the eye’s natural lens, happen as we age. Our ophthalmology clinic provides solutions that bring your vision back into focus. In addition to multifocal lenses and toric lenses, our expert ophthalmology team now provides patients with implantable light adjustable lenses. Light Adjustable Lens™ (LAL®) by RxSight optimizes precision and the opportunity to fine tune vision after cataract surgery. This leads to remarkable patient outcomes and enhanced vision. Studies have shown patients who received the Light Adjustable Lens were almost twice as likely to achieve 20/20 vision or better without glasses (compared to patients with standard lens implants).

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Aspen, Colorado 81611

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What is a Cataract?

Cataracts are clouding of the natural eye lens that can distort or block light from entering the eye and focusing on the retina. Images become fuzzy, headlights become bothersome at night and life generally becomes less colorful.

What Causes Cataracts?

Age is a large factor in the development of cataracts. Around 40 years old, protein cells in the eye’s lens start to break down. By 60, a physician can usually tell if the lens is starting to cloud, and cataracts are forming. Regardless of how active one is, cataracts can still form, and vision quality can deteriorate.

How Do You Treat Cataracts?

The only effective treatment for cataracts is surgery. However, this is only necessary once cataract symptoms become bothersome. Sometimes a new eyeglass prescription can help, but patients should consider surgery when cataracts begin to impair daily life. Fortunately, there are a variety of effective cataract surgery options at Aspen Valley Hospital.

About Cataract Surgery

How is cataract surgery performed?

Cataract surgery is typically an outpatient procedure performed under local or topical anesthesia. Your physician will break up and remove the cloudy lens through a tiny incision at the edge of the cornea and then insert an intraocular lens (IOL) to replace your eye’s natural lens.

What can you expect after cataract surgery?

Most cataract surgeries are performed without complications and result in immediate improvement in vision. You will apply eye drops for several weeks following surgery to reduce the possibility of infection and/or inflammation. You may need glasses to obtain your clearest vision following surgery.

In a small number of cases, the natural capsule supporting the IOL can become cloudy after cataract surgery. When this happens, a posterior capsulotomy laser surgery opens the capsule and restores clear vision.

What is the process for light adjustable lens cataract surgery?

First, you undergo preoperative testing to determine if you qualify for the procedure. Patients who opt for the light adjustable lenses can expect more follow-up visits after surgery to adjust the lenses. During your post-operative visits, you and your doctor work together to achieve the visual outcome best for you and your lifestyle.

State-of-the-Art Cataract Surgery Technology

Aspen Valley Hospital offers patients leading-edge cataract surgery technologies, including:

Light Adjustable Lens™ (LAL®) by RxSight

This is the first and only lens that can be customized after cataract surgery. Unlike fixed lenses, this unique option allows you and your doctor to make adjustments to your vision after surgery, allowing you to live with the changes and determine what best suits your lifestyle. The Light Delivery Device (LDD) delivers this UV light noninvasively to precisely reshape your lens based on the visual correction needed to target your custom prescription.

Alco Centurion Phaco Machine

This powerful ophthalmologic tool provides superior performance through its engineering. It helps enhance the operating room experience for both patient and surgeon. The Alco Centurion Phaco Machine also enhances the surgeon’s control for the most efficient cataract removal, which eases the process and increases the safety of the surgery.

Are You Considering Cataract Surgery?

If you’re considering cataract surgery, talk with our team about your options. Our friendly ophthalmology team is here to take you step-by-step through your journey to clearer vision. Learn more by calling 970.544.1560.

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