Cataract Surgery in Columbia

Cataract Surgery in Columbia

Offering Pre-Operative & Post-Operative Care

(931) 388-3604

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. Primary EyeCare - Columbia 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 Columbia 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 Primary EyeCare - Columbia.

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.

Patient Reviews
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- May. 16, 2024
Everyone was super cool and nice. And loved the selection of frames. SO MANY FRAMES.
- Apr. 04, 2024
We use to go to another Optometrist which I really like but it was hard to get an appointment & I ha... d been an established patient for years. Primary Eye Care got me right in, the employees are friendly & efficient & seem to go out of their way. Primary Eye Care is the only place we’ll go for all our eye needs.
- Feb. 15, 2024
I had an amazing experience here! Everyone was so friendly & welcoming. They got me in super quickly... after I had an accident that injured my eye. I was so impressed by the staff! ❤️
- Feb. 02, 2024
Wow. I had the best experience I've ever had at an eye clinic. Fast, professional, and not in a hurr... y to get me in and out. They answered all of my questions, got my Rx fixed that another clinic messed up on and were very friendly. They get my whole family's business from here on! I never leave Google reviews but I had to on this one. Great business to deal with.
- Dec. 28, 2023
10/10 the front desk, the assistants, the doctor the price and the glasses store are all 10/10 best ... eye appointment I've ever had!
- Oct. 12, 2023
Incredible customer service from the entire staff. Had a bad eye infection and was in a lot of pain.... My regular doctor was out of town and I found them on Google Maps (after striking out at two other places). Walked in with no appointment, they had a full schedule, but they immediately responded with compassion and got me in to see a doctor. Went above and beyond in their care. They obviously put the patient first.
- May. 10, 2023
Loved my experience here. From front desk to exam room to frames purchasing, they make you feel at e... ase and kindness just flows throughout the building.
- Apr. 14, 2023
Dr pace and staff are very Professional, friendly and absolutely wonderful people.
- Mar. 10, 2023
I was a new patient at this office and had an amazing experience! I was able to book my appointment ... the day before, and it went smooth, comfortable, and quick. They have lots of frames to choose from, and had the prescription filled in less than a week. They fixed my old glasses too, and installed a new screw. Everyone was so kind here and boosted my self esteem. Highly recommend this place for your vision needs!
- Feb. 02, 2023
Cannot say enough good things about Primary EyeCare! The staff and doctors are all so welcoming and ... pleasant, they are super knowledgable and great at what they do, and they make my kids feel comfortable and included when they get their exams. Thankful we found this little gem of a place!
- Nov. 28, 2022
I just had a new patient appointment at this office with my new baby girl in tow. Though I tried to ... schedule it at a good time for her, she started crying about halfway through the appointment. The staff and doctor were so understanding, and some even held her for me to try to calm her while I finished up my appointment. They went above and beyond to help this new mom out, and their kindness meant so much. Definitely recommend this office.
- Sep. 09, 2022
Super friendly and extremely helpful staff! Dr. Pace put me right at ease and helped with all my que... stions. Would definitely recommend them if you’ve had bad experiences elsewhere!
- Aug. 09, 2022
Great, professional, friendly folks and such care for their patients. Great group of people!
- Dec. 02, 2021
A+ eye-care. Office team members were extremely helpful from the exam to glasses selection. They wer... e also very accommodating to having a two-year-old along for the visit. Highly recommend their services to anyone!
- Nov. 30, 2021
Extremely sweet and helpful.
- Oct. 27, 2021
Today was my first visit to this office, and EVERYONE was professional, friendly, and very helpful. ... Dr. Young was very knowledgeable and listened patiently to my concerns and thoughts. From the front desk to the frame selection room, I was treated with respect and kindness. Thank you for a wonderful experience!
- Nov. 12, 2020
What a amazing place. I was so pleased with the friendly staff and great service - not to mention gr... eat glasses 🙂
- Mar. 18, 2020
Everyone there is great. Love Dr. Young💗
- Mar. 17, 2020
The staff was great and personalble. They showed great concern for what I had stated what I was want... ing to spend and stayed within my budget. Saniitation wasd done in front of me . i felt so comfortable.
- Feb. 12, 2020
This is probably the first doctor's office of any kind I have visited where everyone had a welcoming... attitude! I took my oldest daughter there for an exam this morning and ALL the staff we encountered at her visit were super nice and professional! The optometrist was thorough and engaged. I made an appointment for my other daughter and I before we left!

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Your Cataract Surgery Co-Management Specialist in Columbia

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Hours
  • Monday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Tuesday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Wednesday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Thursday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
Insurance Plans
  • VSP
  • Medicare
  • United Healthcare
  • Aetna
  • Cigna
  • Spectera
  • Superior Vision
  • Davis Vision
  • EyeMed
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield

Want to see clearly again?

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

(931) 388-3604

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