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Cataract Surgery Co-Management

Cataracts affect millions of Americans and occur when the lens in the eye hardens and turns cloudy, blocking light from reaching the retina and interfering with vision. The effect is similar to looking through a dirty windshield. You can still see, but not as well, and colors may look dull.

Cataracts are a natural part of the aging process* and can occur in one or both eyes concurrently or at different times. Surgery is a highly perfected procedure involving the replacement of the cloudy lens with an artificial one and is usually recommended when the cataracts interfere with normal daily activities.

We are fortunate to have partnered with Dr. Mehdi Shaaf. Dr. Shaaf is a very experienced surgeon. He performs both laser assisted cataract surgery as well as traditional cataract surgery. A graduate of the University of Oklahoma Health and Sciences medical school and resident trained at the University of Arkansas (1998).  Dr. Shaaf was a faculty member of the department of Opthalmology at the University of Arkansas 1999-2004 after which he relocated to the desert.

About Surgery

Cataract surgery is the most common performed under Medicare (almost 3.8 million cases in 2017). Results are permanent, with many patients reporting better vision than before they developed cataracts.

We use the latest in surgical technology including laser assisted surgery, intra-operative abberometry and the latest generation lenses. We also have the most up to date biometry (measurements required prior to surgery) including the Optovue Ocular Coherence Tomographer, LenStar and IOL master Ascans and the Zeiss Iprofiler Topographer, designed to ensure some of the most accurate cataract calculations. Along with up to date technology, we have extensive experience at both the surgery, pre-operative measurements and post operative care. For those 20%-25% of cataract patients who have concurrent glaucoma we also offer combined glaucoma/cataract surgery using MIG (minimally invasive glaucoma) devices that are implanted during cataract surgery. The MIG devices help improve glaucoma glaucoma, are FDA approved and are combined with cataract surgery.

*Cataracts can also be caused by metabolic changes, injury, and various forms of radiation, toxic chemicals, and certain drugs.

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