Cataract Surgery in Gunnison

Cataract Surgery in Gunnison

Offering Pre-Operative & Post-Operative Care

(970) 641-2020

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

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. ABBA Eye Care - Gunnison 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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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.


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 Gunnison 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 ABBA Eye Care - Gunnison.

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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- Jul. 18, 2024
Best place for eyewear !! Love these people !
- Jul. 03, 2024
Friendly, professional service - The optometrist took all the time needed to gather the most accurat... e info, didn't do unnecessary tests, and explained the significance of his findings. The staff clearly walked me through all the options for glasses without any pressure. We are lucky to have them in this town.
- Jun. 27, 2024
The staff and Dr. Robbins are exceptional to work with. They are very friendly and take the time to... explain everything really well. They were very helpful in choosing the right glasses, too. I had basically no wait time.
- Jun. 12, 2024
The ABBA in Gunnison is excellent. Dr. Robbins is very good at his work and the team is very servic... e oriented.
- Jun. 04, 2024
Would highly recommend! Dr Dave was great and the office staff was so awesome.
- May. 28, 2024
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- May. 22, 2024
Great doc. Great staff. Comforting care.
- May. 09, 2024
ABBA eyecare and all who are there to assist the customer is the best. They are so friendly and acco... mmodating!
- Apr. 30, 2024
Professional and comfortable. Helpful and knowledgeable.
- Apr. 22, 2024
Wonderful staff - the ladies worked to get me in quickly, and Dr. Robbins is very knowledgeable with... my eye condition! I'm so glad I found them!
- Mar. 12, 2024
ABBA Eyecare is the best!
- Mar. 02, 2024
Dr. Robbins made time for me when I had metal in my eye from my welding work. He got the metal out,... and cleaned out the rust like a pro. Can’t thank him and his wonderful staff enough
- Feb. 12, 2024
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- Feb. 09, 2024
Great service and great Prices! Awesome experience once again!!
- Jan. 30, 2024
Professional workplace. A very well run practice!
- Jan. 07, 2024
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- Nov. 28, 2023
Dr. Robbins and the entire staff are extremely kind, helpful and thorough. I have had a great experi... ence each time, from regular eye exams to purchasing eye glasses.
- Sep. 15, 2023
Great doctor & staff!
- Sep. 07, 2023
They took the time to discuss the condition of my eyes, as well as taking the time to check in with ... me as a person. Good luck finding that at a Lens Crafters or larger national outfit! Couldn’t recommend them enough.
- Jul. 26, 2023
Staff were very friendly, and did a great job of explaining the procedures and results in a way that... was easy to understand.

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  • Tuesday 8:30 am - 6:00 pm
  • Wednesday 8:30 am - 6:00 pm
  • Thursday 8:30 am - 6:00 pm
  • Friday 8:30 am - 6:00 pm
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Want to see clearly again?

Contact us today for pre-operative and post-operative care

(970) 641-2020

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