Cataract Surgery in Tucson

Cataract Surgery in Tucson

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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. Alvernon Optical - Campbell 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 Tucson

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Hours
  • Monday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Tuesday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Wednesday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Thursday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Friday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Saturday 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • Sunday Closed
Insurance Plans
  • VSP
  • Medicare
  • United Healthcare
  • Aetna
  • Spectera
  • Davis Vision
  • Anthem
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • EyeMed

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. 16, 2024
Great experience.
- Jan. 22, 2024
Everyone is so friendly and caring. Always have a great experience when I go in there an they have ... really nice frames.
- Dec. 24, 2023
Very good experience. A very helpful and professional staff.
- Nov. 25, 2023
Friendly and helpful staff!
- Nov. 15, 2023
Knowledgeable, quick, and friendly service from everyone here. Also, they had frames and lenses tha... t were completely covered by my insurance, so I didn't have to pay out-of-pocket. Thank you!
- Nov. 11, 2023
Quick and painless! Attentive staff and knowledgeable doctor!
- Oct. 31, 2023
I was referred here by a friend because they said their experience was amazing. My expectations were... high and they did not disappoint! They have an amazing team, seamless process, great selection of frames, and an added sprinkle of above and beyond-ness from Guillermo!
- Oct. 31, 2023
Helpful and Responsive
- Oct. 29, 2023
I went to the Campbell location for a prescription checkup and am very happy with my experience. Aft... er my appointment with Dr. Tetrault, who was very kind, I was shown some frame options while my current pair were adjusted and cleaned. The options were reasonably priced but I was not pressured to buy anything like I have been at other optical offices. I was able to get a copy of my updated prescription and paid about $70 for an out-of-pocket/uninsured standard eye appointment (no contacts). If you need an easy eye appointment, especially a standard yearly update, I recommend Alvernon Optical!
- Oct. 25, 2023
Best experience! Helpful, friendly staff. Knowledgeable caring Dr. (which seems to be a hard thing ... to find these days) I will be a long time customer from now on.
- Oct. 22, 2023
Best eye exam and new glasses experience I have ever had! Well done and Thank You....
- Oct. 11, 2023
First time I walked in, I got an appointment for a week later and a recommendation for someone who r... epaired my broken Titanium glasses that same day.
- Sep. 23, 2023
Great experience. Highly recommend Dr.Tetrault to anyone looking for a new eye doctor. The staff is ... also very welcoming and knowledgeable.
- Sep. 19, 2023
A very kind doctor and a friendly staff.
- Sep. 17, 2023
Dr Tetrault provides excellent care and has a very comforting and warm disposition too. I’ve tried... other Ophthalmologists over the years but came back to his office because he provides the best service.
- Sep. 10, 2023
I recently had 2 very disappointing experiences with the place I've been going to since 2016. I wan... ted a second opinion & found that Dr. Tetrault was still practicing! (I used to go to Dr. Tetrault over 15 years ago.) He's just how I remebered; very patient, calm, & took the time to help me understand my eye issues. He's a doctor who actually listens! The staff are very kind, empathetic, & helpful. The optician, Guillermo is very knowledgeable & is skilled in his craft. I'm so glad this place and doctor are still around! Needless to say, I will not be going back to the other place again.
- Aug. 29, 2023
Friendly and knowledgeable team.
- Aug. 24, 2023
Highly recommend! The staff were so friendly and incredibly kind. Dr. Tetrault was very genuine in o... ur interaction, funny, and took the time to help me understand my vision changes.
- Aug. 10, 2023
Friendly staff and doctor! Clean and comfortable office.
- Jul. 20, 2023
Calm, kind, competent staff! A wonderful place where you feel cared for.

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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 Tucson 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 Alvernon Optical - Campbell.

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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