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Welcome to Pendleton Eye Center

Thank you for scheduling your cataract evaluation with Pendleton Eye Center. We want to help you restore clear, comfortable vision. During your appointment, we will determine if your vision problems are being caused by cataracts – and if the time is right for surgery.

We have assembled information about cataract surgery below for you to review before your appointment. If this information raises any questions or concerns, we encourage you to bring those up during your evaluation. We will happily answer all of your questions.

Vision Lifestyle Survey

Your answers on our Vision Lifestyle Survey will provide valuable information that we will use in diagnosing your condition. By determining the root cause of your symptoms we will be able to provide the most effective treatment for you.

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If you have any questions about your upcoming appointment, or cataract surgery in general, please feel free to call us at (760) 758-2008 or fill out the webform on this page. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Symptoms of Cataracts

  • Blurred or cloudy vision
  • Colors appear faded, dull or yellowed
  • Lamps such as headlights or streetlights may have glare or halos; sunlight or fluorescent lights may appear too bright
  • Poor night vision
  • Double or multiple vision in one eye
  • Frequent prescription changes in your eyeglasses or contact lenses
  • Eventual blindness if left untreated

Goodbye Cloudy Lens, Hello Clarity!

Dr. Pendleton will remove your cloudy cataract lens and replace it with an Intraocular Lens (IOL). You have options!

  • Okay with clear distance vision and wearing reading glasses? A monofocal lens may suffice.
  • Dream of clear reading vision or reduced astigmatism? A Lifestyle Lens Implant may be right for you.

Lifestyle Lens Implant Options

  • Multifocal IOLs: lenses like the TECNIS© Multifocal IOL create multiple planes of focus to allow for distance and up-close (reading) vision without glasses
  • Extended Range of Vision IOLs: the TECNIS© Symfony IOL is the latest advancement in lens technology to achieve a broader range of vision from distance to near
  • Accommodating IOLs: use the eye’s muscles to focus on an expanded range of vision
  • Toric IOLs: correct astigmatism as well as cataracts; combination IOLs that correct astigmatism and provide an extended range of vision are also available

Don’t worry we will explain these lens options in detail during your evaluation. Dr. Pendleton will help you decide which is right for you.

Cataract Removal Options

Cataract surgery involves the removal of your cloudy lens so it can be replaced with a clear one. At Pendleton Eye Center, we use two methods for cataract removal:

  1. Manual cataract surgery: a tiny incision is made on the side of the cornea using a hand-held microkeratome blade. Through this incision the cloudy lens can be broken up and removed using an ultrasound process called phacoemulsification. Our No Stitch, No Patch, No Injection technique can be completely tailored to your unique eye anatomy and vision goals.
  2. Laser cataract surgery method: replaces critical manual steps of the surgery and can greatly reduce or eliminate the need for ultrasonic energy to break up the cloudy lens. We have invested in the LENSAR© femtosecond laser system for cataract surgery.

Benefits of the LENSAR© Laser System

  • More precise and accurate cataract removal
  • Less need for ultrasonic energy to remove the cloudy lens
  • More efficient fragmenting of the cataract and quicker procedure time
  • More accurate placement of your new lens
Another Surgery Check Point: ORA Technology

We incorporate revolutionary Optiwave Refractive Analysis (ORA) technology during cataract surgery to verify your eye measurements and make any last-minute adjustments to your replacement lens power if necessary. The cost of this technology is included with all of our premium lens implant packages. This system allows Dr. Pendleton to access real-time information about your eye to:

  • Measure the true refractive power of your eye using Wavefront technology during surgery, after the cataract is removed
  • Fine tune the power of your replacement lens implant for better visual outcomes
  • Reduce the need for re-treatments or piggy-back IOLs
Life BEFORE Cataract Surgery
  • Your cloudy eyesight makes everyday tasks difficult
  • Driving, especially at night, becomes impossible
  • Colors appear yellowed and dull
  • Depth perception is compromised
  • Reliance on others for detailed work and reading
  • Walking is hazardous with double vision
Life AFTER Cataract Surgery
  • You have control of your visual independence
  • Vivid colors reappear, cloudy haze disappears
  • Halos and glare around lights are minimized or eliminated
  • You may return to driving day and night
  • Reading glasses may not be needed (with Premium Lifestyle Lenses)
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