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Cataract Surgery

If you have cloudy eyesight due to cataracts, it can impact virtually every area of your life–from reading to seeing your loved ones' faces.

Dr. Bruce Cohen offers cataract surgery using advanced tools to restore your vision. Treatment is safer and easier than ever before.

Patients in the St. Louis, MO, region trust Cohen Eye Associates for their eye care needs. Find out how we can improve your vision...

What Are Cataracts? 

A cataract occurs when protein builds up in the eye's natural lens, clouding your vision over time. For many people, cataracts are a natural part of aging and most people have some lens clouding after age 60.

As the eye's crystalline lens becomes opaque, an increasing amount of light is blocked from traveling through the cornea and reaching the retina at the back of the eye. Images are seen less and less clearly until vision has deteriorated significantly. Our ophthalmologist will be able to screen you for cataracts and discuss your treatment options.

Cataracts Are a Widespread Issue 

Most people over the age of 60 have cataracts. Cohen Lasik provides an easy solution...

Why Choose Cataract Surgery with Dr. Cohen

With advancements in technology, cataract treatment at our Chesterfield and St. Louis, MO, offices is easier than ever. Dr. Cohen can perform cataract surgery on an outpatient basis with far less discomfort and inconvenience than treatment in years past. 

To find out if cataract surgery can improve your vision, you can contact our office online.

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"I am delighted to be able to drive again without glasses..."

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Veronica Rovira

2020

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I have really enjoyed my experiences at Cohen Eye Associates.  Dr. Buchner is a spectacular physician with a great touch.  I couldn’t even see out of my right eye and now I have 20/20 vision.  Tomorrow I will have my left eye done and I expert to be without glasses for the first time in 50 years.
You can’t go wrong using Cohen Eye Associates!

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Dick Lodge

2017

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I have been going to Cohen Eye Associates for some years for regular exams. The last time, I was told I needed cataract surgery. I had the same trepidation that many people have when they hear that they need surgery on their eyes, but it was easy and painless. I am delighted to be able to drive again without glasses. Cannot speak too highly about my experience.

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Who Should Consider Cataract Surgery?

Not everyone with cataracts needs surgery. Glasses, contact lenses, and aids like magnifying lenses can offset the effects to some degree, often for years. However, there are some symptoms you should look out for and visit the ophthalmologist's office if you notice them.

Increasingly Cloudy Vision

Cataracts slowly grow over time, clouding the eye's naturally clear lens. If your vision is becoming progressively worse, it may be a sign you need a cataract removed. 

Difficulty Driving

Most of us take the ability to drive for granted, but it can become problematic for cataract patients. If you notice trouble driving, particularly at night, this can indicate you need prompt treatment. 

Light Sensitivity

Cataracts affect several aspects of your eyesight. You may be sensitive around bright lights, find colors dull or faded, or see glares and halos around lights. If you feel like you are having headaches due to increased light sensitivity, it may be a sign of a worsening cataract. 

What does the procedure involve?

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Small Incision Cataract Surgery 

We are proud to offer small incision cataract surgery to patients in the St. Louis, MO, area. Our innovative techniques are the least invasive means of treating cataracts.

The surgery itself is relatively quick and usually takes under 15 minutes. It is an outpatient procedure and you will be released to go home after resting for a short period of time at our office. 

"The surgery itself is relatively quick and usually takes under 15 minutes."
"The surgery itself is relatively quick and usually takes under 15 minutes."

Anesthetic and Incision

Before the procedure, the surgeon will provide eye drops to numb the area and mild sedation if necessary. Once you are comfortable, the surgeon creates a tiny incision near the edge of the cornea to reach the lens. 

Phacoemulsification

The surgeon will insert a small probe into the eye. The probe emits ultrasonic energy that breaks up the cloudy lens into tiny bits. This process is known as phacoemulsification. The pieces are then removed from the eye.

Lens Replacement

The surgeon will implant an artificial intraocular lens, or IOL. The IOL is customized to a patient’s specific prescription and may reduce their reliance on glasses or contact lenses. In most cases, stitches are not required to close the incision, as the eye’s natural pressure will help to seal it closed.

Recovery

It is important to plan ahead to have someone drive you home from the operation. You should expect your vision to be slightly blurry for a few days after the procedure and you may need to wear a protective eye shield. The doctor will also provide you with medicated eye drops. However, recovery is relatively simple, and people can return to their normal activities almost immediately with a minimal amount of discomfort.

Choosing Your Intraocular Lens

Choosing the right artificial replacement for the eye's natural lens is an important part of treating cataracts. There are two main types of intraocular lenses (IOLs) you can choose from...

Monofocal:

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A monofocal lens has a single focus strength and is typically designed for clear distance vision. With this lens, you will generally still need glasses to aid with up-close tasks like reading. Cataract surgery with a monofocal IOL is covered under many insurance plans, meaning patients may not have out-of-pocket expenses. 

Premium Multifocal:

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A multifocal lens provides different refractive focusing strengths, adapting for near, medium, and long-distance vision. For patients with astigmatism, we also offer premium toric lenses. While choosing a premium lens can add to your treatment costs, many people find the benefits are worth the investment. 

Your Premium Lens Options

At our Chesterfield and St. Louis, MO, offices, we are proud to offer our patients the latest, most advanced intraocular lenses in the field of ophthalmology. These lenses are versatile and provide superior refractive power. The premium IOLs available at Cohen Eye Associates include:
 

  • ​Johnson & Johnson Vision Tecnis® Toric
  • Johnson & Johnson Vision Tecnis® Symfony and Symfony Toric
  • Johnson & Johnson Vision Tecnis® Multifocal IOL
  • Bausch and Lomb Crystalens®
  • Alcon Acrysof® Aspheric ReSTOR®
  • Alcon Acrysof® IQ Toric lens

"Dr. Cohen is an excellent clinician with decades of experience..."

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Sister Mary Ronan

2020

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Always the care is superior and very considerate.  The staff has an excellent working relationship with one another that is felt by the patients.  They will go the "nine yards" and beyond. Every question is answered thoroughly. The three physicians are extraordinary, Cohen, Buchser and Noonan. I would recommend this practice as the best in St. Louis!

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Kimberly Seiber

2020

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Dr. Cohen is an excellent clinician with decades of experience who truly cares about his patients. My husband and I are blessed to have Dr. Cohen taking great care of us and our eyes. Thank you.

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Life after Cataract Surgery

The chances of complications from cataract surgery are low. However, like all surgery, the procedure does involve some risk. Cataract surgery may fail to improve your vision if you have underlying eye damage or suffer from other conditions like glaucoma or macular degeneration. Other risks include infection, swelling, dislocation of the artificial lens, and glaucoma. The doctor will perform an examination prior to the surgery to evaluate your ocular health and reduce the chance of complications occurring.

Typically, patients attend at least two follow-up appointments with the doctor: one about two days after your appointment and another in the following weeks to assess your recovery. You should notice an improvement in your vision within a few days, and the eye usually heals completely in eight weeks or less.

The doctors at Cohen Eye Associates, Limited

Cohen Eye Associates, Limited

At Cohen Eye Associates in St. Louis, MO, our team offers a full-service optical shop to address all of your vision needs. We can provide you and your family a range of eye care services, from LASIK and cataract surgery to glaucoma treatment. Our doctors are members of national professional organizations including:

  • American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • American Medical Association
  • American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
  • American Glaucoma Society
  • American Optometric Association

To schedule an appointment with our eye care specialists, contact us online or call us at (314) 361-5003.

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