Refractive Cataract Surgery near Sioux City, IA

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About Refractive Cataract Surgery

At Vance Thompson Vision, we are pleased to offer the most state-of-the-art diagnostic technology and treatment methods for cataracts, including refractive cataract surgery. Laser cataract surgery employs the same laser technology used during LASIK that can digitally chart out the eye's surface and create a more exact, blade-free incision, significantly minimizing the chances for infection. For patients with refractive errors, such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, and presbyopia, tailor-made IOLs are an option that can work just like corrective lenses. These specialty intraocular lenses not only eliminate the patient's cataracts but also end or reduce their requirement for standard prescription eyeglasses or contact lenses.

The ophthalmologists at Vance Thompson Vision are experts in the precise methods to remove cataracts, and our team in South Sioux City, NE is committed to providing the highest quality of advanced, effective care to get patients back to seeing clearly again. Reach out to our office to learn whether you're a candidate for refractive cataract surgery.

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Best Candidates for Refractive Surgery

Do you have impaired vision that is affecting your day-to-day life, such as trouble seeing while reading or driving? Do you feel frustrated with eyesight that continues to worsen over time? If so, you may be a great candidate for refractive cataract surgery. Ideal candidates want to be able to go about their daily activities with reduced dependence on glasses or contact lenses. During your consultation in South Sioux City, NE, your doctor will perform an eye examination and review your vision goals to determine whether cataract surgery with an advanced IOL would be the best fit for your needs.

Refractive Surgery Technology

We perform refractive cataract surgery as a custom cataract removal procedure at Vance Thompson Vision. Our surgeons have been involved with refractive cataract surgery with advanced vision technology since its clinical development. All methods of cataract surgery involve creating a small incision in the eye to break up and remove the clouded eye lens, followed by replacing it with an artificial intraocular lens (IOL). About an hour prior to laser cataract surgery, your practitioner will thoroughly numb your eyes by administering eye drops. Our amazing technology graphs an incredibly detailed map of the eye so the lasers can determine the precise location of the cataract. As soon as the cataract is broken apart and taken out, the surgeon can position the appropriate intraocular lens.

After cataract surgery, many patients are able to gain significantly increased visual freedom with less reliance on glasses or contacts. During your consultation, we will walk you through all of your options for cataract surgery, as well as our compressive lineup of customizable IOLs so you can make the best decision for your goals and lifestyle.

Types of Lenses

Monofocal Lenses

With cataract surgery, it is important to understand your lens implant options so you can choose the best one to match your lifestyle. A monofocal lens focuses your vision at one distance, whether near, immediate, or far away. Our standard monofocal lenses are highly advanced and designed for distance and improving image quality. This IOL allows you to have the sharpest possible vision at its set point, usually distance. Typically, you will still require bifocals or reading glasses for seeing up close. Our monofocal is a Wavefront-adjusted intraocular lens, which allows for improved distance vision, as well as clearer night vision and better contrast sensitivity.

Light Adjustable Lens Implants

To provide our patients with the clearest, most precise eyesight possible, our team is pleased to provide the revolutionary Light Adjustable Lens™ from RXSight®. This popular type of advanced intraocular lens gives patients and their doctors an advanced option to provide clear vision after cataract surgery.

With most other types of lOLs, the prescription specifications for the lens are set by your surgeon before surgery. Once the lens is implanted into your eye during cataract surgery, the process is complete and there are limited ways to further customize your vision. However, if you choose the Light Adjustable Lens, we will still implant it during cataract removal surgery. The primary difference is that you will undergo a series of UV light sessions that allow us to make precise vision adjustments to fit your preferences and lifestyle. We will perform one final light treatment to "lock in" the results.

PanOptix® Lenses

The AcrySof IQ PanOptix® Trifocal IOL is an exciting new lens option that corrects a patient's vision at near, intermediate, and far distances. This has allowed many of our patients to drastically reduce their dependence on glasses and contacts after their cataract surgery. The PanOptix® lens utilizes ENLIGHTEN® Optical Technology, which allows it to be optimized for intermediate vision without minimizing a patient's ability to see up close or far away. This innovative IOL is ideal to fit a range of lifestyles and has worked well for many of our patients.  

Multifocal lenses

Multifocal IOLs are designed to provide clear vision at multiple distances. These are especially beneficial for patients who already have presbyopia (farsightedness, or age-related vision decline) before cataract surgery. Multifocal implants can cut down or eliminate an individual's dependence on eyeglasses or contacts.

Multifocal lenses, like ReStor and Tecnis, are designed using advanced materials and a highly specialized design. They are built of concentric circles, which help focus light at different distance ranges, including immediate, near, and far.



The Acrysof IQ ReSTOR IOL is implanted during cataract surgery to replace the natural lens. This advanced lens provides different strengths of refractive correction to allow patients to have clear vision at near, immediate, and far distances. Many individuals are even able to be free of reading glasses altogether.


The Tecnis® Multifocal IOL is designed to allow for both immediate and distance vision following cataract removal surgery. This premium lens is designed with a series of concentric rings on the inner surface to allow for a specialized diffraction mechanism. As a result, the eye can smoothly transition between focusing on objects at near, intermediate, and far away distances. This allows you to have your best possible vision. 

EDOF lenses

Extended Depth of Focus (EDOF) lenses provide the same type of vision outcomes as multifocal lenses, but the two types have slightly different designs. The EDOF lens contains a unique refractive pattern and achromatic technology. This mechanism allows for a longer depth of focus to provide visual acuity at near, intermediate, and far distances, plus improved contrast sensitivity. Although most individuals gain significant vision improvements with the EDOF lens, glasses or bifocals may still be needed for seeing up close.


Visualize the Difference

If you have advanced cataracts, surgery may be the next step in your treatment. Fortunately, with so many options on the market for advanced intraocular lenses, it's possible to gain clear vision after cataract surgery and reduce or eliminate your dependence on glasses. Our extensive menu of IOL options, in addition to the capacity to adjust your vision results after your surgery, have made Vance Thompson Vision a top choice for Siouxland-area patients. We invite you to contact our office in South Sioux City, NE to schedule a consultation with one of our cataract specialists.

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