Cataract Surgery in Andover

Cataract Surgery in Andover

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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. Andover Optometry on Central 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 Andover

Our optometry practice in Andover

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Hours
  • Monday 7:45 am - 5:30 pm
  • Tuesday 7:45 am - 8:00 pm
  • Wednesday 7:30 am - 5:30 pm
  • Thursday 7:30 am - 5:30 pm
  • Friday 7:30 am - 1:00 pm
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
Insurance Plans
  • VSP
  • Medicare
  • United Healthcare
  • Aetna
  • Cigna
  • EyeMed
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield

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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- Nov. 21, 2023
No wait emergency exam when I showed up before your posted opening hour. Thank you.
- Oct. 18, 2023
Quick and accurate fit every time. Truly the best practice ever!
- Oct. 07, 2023
Best service and most friendly staff! I have terrible nearsightedness, so I’m very picky about whe... re I go for eye care. Dr. Deshaies is patient, answers my million questions when I go in, and is really looking out for his patients. Big thank you to Marcia for helping with the payment and contact ordering process and making it easy. Come here if you want to be taken care of!
- Sep. 15, 2023
Have been coming to the doctors here since 1976! Even came during summer visits to the US when I wa... s living in Australia. Have gone to a couple of other practitioners, once each, when for some reason I could not come here, but never considered changing to one of them.
- Sep. 09, 2023
Very attentive, friendly and professional team!!
- Aug. 19, 2023
Great service and care for the patients!
- Aug. 12, 2023
Great people, wonderful attitudes, highly professional with a kind and reassuring manner that instil... ls confidence… the end result? I see better now than I have in years…at 73 that is greatly appreciated. If you need the best eye care, you need look no further…you have found the best!
- Jul. 26, 2023
Dr. Watanabe is a great eye doctor. I feel extremely lucky to have found him. He listens attentive... ly and carefully to his patients, and provides superior service. I highly recommend him.
- Jul. 19, 2023
Always a pleasant visit.
- Jun. 29, 2023
Recently having trouble with my frame adjustment, unable to read correctly and very tight on the sid... es. I had the pleasure of working with Joe, he went out of his way to adjust the lenses and the frames to make them comfortable and with correct vision. He went above and beyond listening to my issues and patiently corrected the issues. In the past I had the pleasure of being helped by Marsha and Sheila with similar positive outcomes. I highly recommend Joe and this entire practice.
- Jun. 13, 2023
I had a serious eye issue that required immediate surgery in Boston. Dr wantabe squeezed me that mo... rning , diagnosed my eye issue and got me set up at Massachusetts eye and ear. I appreciate the care I got from the Dr and the entire office.
- Jun. 05, 2023
Was told by another eye doctor…that “nothing was wrong and that it was all in my head”.. I avo... ided going to a doctors ever since due to being gaslit into believing that nothing was actually wrong with my eyes. Six years later, I woke up enough courage to go here hoping to have a semi good experience. When I tell yall I have never been treated with such good care and was actually listen to… I WAS SHOCKED (from my past experience) Anyways, my results. My eyes were fine (with a small prescription) BUTTT I did have astigmatisms in each eye which was causing me to see doubles, having light sensitivity, seeing “smoke” & “stars”, and overall feeling like I’m straining my eyes just to see close up or far away DAILY. Now that I have a prescription that is properly made for my eyes. I’m seeing things so clearly!! I swear I’m seeing in 4K. It’s remarkable. I will be a returning client and will be recommending others to come here!! The style of glasses are wide as well. The women with the red hair (who helped me with my glasses/ payment) is AMAZING. She made me feel so beautiful, comfortable (I'm very shy), and excited for my glasses. I wish I knew her name but she definitely deserves the acknowledgment for her work & her interaction with the patients!
- May. 20, 2023
I have been going to Dr.Watanabe for years. He is always so professional and thorough with my eye ex... am.
- May. 07, 2023
Thank you, great service.
- Apr. 21, 2023
Very professional and friendly staff.
- Apr. 02, 2023
This is a wonderful facility. Doctors are very experienced. I was very satisfied with all aspects....
- Mar. 21, 2023
Have been coming here for years. Have always had a great experience with great doctors and staff.
- Mar. 21, 2023
I was very satisfied with every part of my last visit at Andover Optometry on Central from the sched... uling, the reminders a week before the appointment, the welcome the day of and Dr. Wantanabe's attention to me and my vision. I highly recommend Andover Optometry on Central for your vision needs. Cheryl Iodice
- Mar. 12, 2023
Very pleasant experience for my 12 year old son. The Staff and Dr. Deshaies were excellent. Our ap... pointment was in the afternoon and it was exactly on time.
- Mar. 10, 2023
Very professional and prompt service.

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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 Andover 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 Andover Optometry on Central.

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.


Want to see clearly again?

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