Cataract Surgery in Springfield Commons

Cataract Surgery in Springfield Commons

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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. Shawnee Optical - Springfield 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 Springfield Commons

Our optometry practice in Springfield Commons

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Hours
  • Monday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Tuesday 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Wednesday 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
  • Thursday 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Friday 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
  • Saturday 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
  • Sunday Closed
Insurance Plans
  • VSP
  • Medicare
  • United Healthcare
  • Spectera
  • Anthem
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross
  • MetLife
  • Aetna

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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- Dec. 04, 2023
Staff is helpful and knowledgeable. Never have a long wait time and the office is always nice and cl... ean.
- Nov. 10, 2023
Courteous, Professional and prompt! Best eye exam I have ever had.
- Jun. 27, 2023
Everyone was nice and polite from walking in for my visit till I was leaving.
- Apr. 16, 2023
Great service
- Mar. 20, 2023
Everyone here is professional, personable and knowledge. I always experience excellent care when I'm... here.
- Mar. 16, 2023
Friendly, efficient, thorough exam.
- Mar. 03, 2023
Love the atmosphere and the people that work there.
- Feb. 20, 2023
Dr. Penny is the only person that will work on my eyes until he decides to retire.
- Jan. 24, 2023
Complete customer satisfaction. Exams..new glasses or adjustments. Friendly..helpful staff. .quality... eyewear . Highly recommended!
- Dec. 20, 2022
I had a great experience here! I was in and out super quick and my glasses were in within a week and... a half. They’re great quality. The staff was super nice and helpful as well.
- Oct. 13, 2022
Everyone here is very friendly and knowledgeable!
- Oct. 12, 2022
Dr. Penny is always spot on when it comes to your prescription and your eyes. The staff is very nice... !!
- Jun. 25, 2022
I ordered sunglasses and daily glasses and needed to change lenses in my sunglasses. Stopped in on F... riday a half hour before closing and Tom sat down with us to help me understand and correct the lenses. He took his time and was so wonderful. I had the absolute best experience and can’t say enough about how patient & kind he was. Thank you Shawnee optical & Tom. 5 stars all day long. Wish I could give 10 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
- May. 23, 2022
Please consider Shawnee Optical! The staff is very friendly, helpful and easy to work with. Dr. Penn... y is a nifty professional who presents with knowledge, thoroughness, and a friendly approach to his examination process. This is a great place!
- May. 10, 2021
Until recently it had been many years since I had purchased my last pair of glasses from Shawnee Opt... ical but the staff were always ready to provide good customer service when I would take my glasses in for minor repairs. I recently had an eye exam at Shawnee Optical and purchased a new pair of glasses. The optometrist and staff were very professional and patient and again provided good service. In my opinion this business is an asset to our community and I plan to continue to support them as a part of our local economy.
- Apr. 20, 2021
I've gotten my eyes examined an have gotten serval pairs of glasses over the last couple years from ... then. I always get great service and products from them.
- Mar. 21, 2021
Dr. Penny was awesome. Very Professional and informative.
- Mar. 01, 2021
UPDATE: The manager did take care of the situation below, that resulted in a 1 star. Along with tha... t, I gave Shawnee Optical another go at delivering a better experience. I ordered another pair of glasses. The process was smooth, the staff was more than helpful, and the order came in ridiculously fast! Great job pulling it together and coming through. Old review: Horrible experience, and still without glasses after SIX weeks! My wife and daughter went to Shawnee Optical to look at their selection of glasses. My daughter, 7 years old, required glasses to correct astigmatisms in both eyes with the hope of resolving her migraines. We needed to obtain the glasses as soon as possible. On January 20th, they tried on glasses, and on January 23rd, we called to set up the order. Angel told me that everything would be fine, and we would have my daughter’s first set of eyewear within two weeks. On February 1st, I call to check on the status of the order. The gentleman said he could not find the order and would have to check with Angel to see what’s going on. February 4th, I get a call back from the same gentleman. He said the order did not go through, they could not expedite, and it would be another two weeks. I called again on February 18th and he said I would get them “next Monday or Tuesday.” I called on February 22nd, and the office is closed for repairs and won’t be open until 03/01/2021. Today, 03/01/2021, I called, the office is still closed, and their voicemail is STILL full. Almost SIX weeks into the ordering process with no glasses for my child….. This would not have been easy to deal with if it was my order. However, since my seven-year-old daughter continues to have migraines, it makes it 100 times worse. I hope this review deters other parents from going through the same issue.
- Feb. 08, 2021
Very good service from very nice people.
- Oct. 19, 2020
I've been going to Dr. Penny and staff for about twenty years and have always been happy with the se... rvice, courtesy, professionalism, and products. Thank you for all you've done for me, especially during these tense pandemic times!

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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 Springfield Commons 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 Shawnee Optical - Springfield.

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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