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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- May. 08, 2024
Thorough and knowledgeable . See Dr. Deshaies.
- May. 07, 2024
Dr. Deshaies was fantastic. He is extremely kind and walked me through each procedure. I would highl... y recommend this office.
- Apr. 16, 2024
Dr Deshaies was very patient and informative.
- Apr. 16, 2024
I go an extra 20 minutes to be treated by Andover Optometry because they do everything possible for ... their patients!
- Apr. 04, 2024
Friendly, efficient staff and Dr Watanabe is wonderful.
- Mar. 26, 2024
Dr. Watanabe and his stuff were very friendly, helpful and professional. Dr. Watanabe was very calm ... and took his time examining my son's eyes. He answered all our questions with honesty and explained the process and future steps to take to get my son's version healthy. We are very happy to find this place and to finally find a real eye doctor for my son and maybe the whole family.
- Mar. 19, 2024
ALWAYS OUTSTANDING IN EVERY RESPECT!
- Mar. 12, 2024
Everyone is so nice, polite, unrushed, and thorough, and yet still I was seen pretty much on time ev... ery time I have gone in so far. A huge plus for me!
- Mar. 08, 2024
Dr Watanabe has been my optometrist for many years. He’s a Pros pro. The only one I would go to fo... r Ortho K.
- Mar. 04, 2024
Dr. Watanabe is why I come to this practice. I have a very complicated visual condition, and DrW is ... the only eye doctor I want to see. He is simply the best--talented, skilled, a great listener, responsive, friendly, and supportive. If you're lucky enough to have DrW as your eye care practitioner, you are in good hands. The front-desk staff is also helpful and friendly. This is a wonderful practice.
- Feb. 20, 2024
Lovely optometry office. Great selection of eyewear and the staff are wonderful and quite helpful i... n getting me a great pair of glasses at the lowest cost to me.
- Feb. 20, 2024
Dr. Deshaies is very thorough and explains everything during eye exam. His calm manner helps one to ... relax during the visit. And the staff in the office are very warm and engaging and responsive to any questions asked. Also very convenient to have parking right nearby.
- Feb. 17, 2024
good service and very informed group
- Feb. 15, 2024
It was THE BEST eye exam I have ever had in my life! I can FINALLY see and read things crystal clear... !
- Feb. 13, 2024
Very attentive staff and doctor. They are on top of their game.
- Jan. 27, 2024
My visit was pleasant and easy going, from signing in/paperwork to the exam with Dr. Deshaies. He ex... plained things so clearly and made me feel confident in my care during my eye exam. All of the staff are welcoming and helpful! Thank you!! 😊
- Jan. 25, 2024
The staff remembered my son running out of contact lenses real soon and kept it to their mind. So w... hen a cancelling came in, they (two staff in different times) called and made my son able to see the doctor within a week; schedule showed that the doctor had booked out in three months! We truly appreciate it and could clearly see that patients' needs are well valued!
- Jan. 20, 2024
My wife and I have been coming to Dr. Deshaies for many years. He is very professional, thorough and... courteous. He also gives every patient the amount of time they need and will answer any and all questions you might have. I would highly recommend Dr. Deshaies to anyone.
- Jan. 17, 2024
Excellent service!
- Nov. 21, 2023
No wait emergency exam when I showed up before your posted opening hour. Thank you.

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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.


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