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About Cataract Surgery

Cataract Surgery, “The Modern Miracle”

The Modern Miracle. That’s what today’s cataract with lens implant surgery has been called by many whose sight has been restored. Advances in small incision cataract surgery now allow patients who undergo cataract surgery to experience more rapid recovery, greater comfort and fewer complications. The surgery is completed without the need for needles, sutures or patches.

For over 25 years, Larson Eye Care has offered patients better vision through advanced cataract surgery. Dr. Christopher Larson introduced lens implant surgery to Sheboygan in 1979 and was the first surgeon in Sheboygan to perform clear cornea no stitch surgery over 10 years ago. With these and other innovations, Dr. Christopher Larson, Dr. Todd Larson, and their experienced staff have been performing advanced treatment for the removal of cataracts for years. At Larson Eye Care, our unwavering commitment to personalized patient care, advanced surgical expertise, and outstanding results have earned our practice a reputation for excellence in the treatment of cataracts. It’s no wonder so many people in the Sheboygan area have trusted their vision to Dr. Christopher Larson and Dr. Todd Larson at Larson Eye Care.

Cataract Surgery, Symptoms of Cataract

cataract surgeryCataracts are common and are the leading cause of vision loss among adults 55 and older. Because symptoms usually develop gradually, many patients don’t suspect cataracts until their normal daily activities are affected, while other patients may unknowingly change their lifestyle because of symptoms related to their cataracts. It’s not uncommon for a patient to tell us they no longer drive at night, only to realize after discussion that this change in activity is the result of difficulty reading road signs or experiencing haloes or star bursts around lights at night, all of which may be symptoms of a cataract.

Additional symptoms may include:

  • Difficulty with close work: reading the newspaper, reading labels, handiwork
  • Difficulty watching television
  • Fuzzy or filmy vision
  • Blurred or cloudy vision
  • Difficulty reading shiny magazines or labels
  • Difficulty seeing faces across the street

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Understanding the Procedure

Dr. Christopher Larson was the first surgeon in Sheboygan to perform Clear Cornea, No Sutures, No Needles, No Shots Cataract surgery.

This advanced surgical technique offers what we see as a safe, gentle procedure allowingpatients to return to normal activity immediately following surgery. The procedure involves a pinhole sized opening at the edge of the cornea. A small instrument called a phaco tip is inserted into the eye through this incision. Once within the lens, the instrument creates ultrasound waves to gently emulsify or break up and remove the contents of the lens or cataract. Through the same incision, a folded intraocular lens is inserted to replace the power lost when the cataract was removed. The lens is held in place by haptics or extensions supported by the lens capsule. The incision will heal on its own and therefore requires no sutures. The surgery takes approximately 10-15 minutes. Years ago patients were typically told by their eye doctor to wait for cataract surgery until their cataracts were “ripe” or advanced. Today, patients are encouraged to consider cataract surgery earlier, when their daily living activities are adversely affected; in fact, cataract surgery may be more complex for patients who choose to wait until their cataracts are significantly advanced.

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Types of Cataracts

The lens of the eye can be divided into three parts – the center or nucleus, the surrounding cortex and the capsule that envelopes the lens. Changes in each part, together or separately, result in a cataract.

Nuclear Sclerosis - This is the most common type of cataract and affects the center of the lens.

Cortical - A cortical cataract is defined by its “spokes,” which extend from the margin of the lens to the center.

Posterior Subcapsular - A posterior subcapsular cataract is located at the back of the lens and usually starts centrally.

Options to Consider Prior to Surgery

Choosing the Intraocular Lens That’s Right For You

A Monofocal Lens:

  • Is commonly used for cataract surgery. The lens does not correct astigmatism but power can be chosen to optimize either distance or near vision with most patients wanting optimized distance vision. You will need glasses for your best vision.
  • Is covered by your health insurance.

A Smart Vision Lens:

  • Is an excellent choice for patients who desire greater freedom from glasses or contact lenses.
  • Is a lens that by accommodating provides focused vision for distance and near. Our patients who choose a Smart Vision Lens are spectacle lens free for 80% of their daily activities. Some additional near correction may be necessary for fine close work.
  • Is covered in part by your health insurance. You would be responsible for the additional cost which includes the lens and all related services. Interest free financing is available.


When a cataract is removed, an intraocular lens is inserted with the lens power chosen to reduce your need for spectacle lens correction. It will not however correct for astigmatism. If you have astigmatism, Dr. Christopher Larson and Dr. Todd Larson may recommend a procedure called an LRI that would be performed at the same time as your cataract surgery. This procedure may reduce your astigmatism enough to give you greater freedom without glasses. With LRI, 85% of patients are able to see 20/40 or better following their cataract and implant surgery. Most patients will still require some spectacle lens correction for their best vision.

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Cataract patients now have the option to have their vision corrected to allow them to see at both near and far distances after cataract surgery! These lens implants provide significantly reduced dependence on glasses for all tasks of daily living, providing a range of focus that laser vision correction cannot achieve. Individuals with visual impairment suffering from cataracts previously had only a mono-focal lens implant option after surgery.

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Financing Options

0% LASIK Financing in Sheboygan, WI.

Are you seeking to learn about the LASIK eye surgery costs? You can even fill out an online application to qualify for LASIK financing. We offer 0% financing, on approved credit with low fixed monthly payments, no down payment and no pre-payment penalty.

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The revolutionary iLASIK™ procedure is now here at Larson Eye Care. Here are some interesting facts below:

  • All branches of the U.S. military and NASA recently allowed the treatment of LASIK for their servicemen and women, thanks to studies using iLASIK Technology
  • Based on the infection rates associated with wearing contact lenses, experts consider LASIK safer than wearing contacts
  • Doctors have been performing laser vision correction procedures for over a decade, and 31.4 million procedures have been performed worldwide to date,2 making it the most common elective vision procedure in the U.S.
  • Ninety-eight percent of mildly to moderately nearsighted patients participating in the CustomVue Clinical Trials submitted to the FDA could see 20/20 or better one year after treatment
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