Laser Cataract Surgery

Modern Cataract Removal

Restore clarity and brightness to your vision with the new standard in cataract removal—safer, gentler & highly customizable. Quite simply, this is the best technology in the world.

Modern Cataract

This is not your parents’ cataract surgery

Laser-assisted cataract extraction with multifocal intra-ocular lenses make it so there are no needles, no blades & potentially NO glasses afterward. This is the future of cataract surgery.


Laser-assisted cataract surgery is a precise treatment that’s highly customized to each patient. The method allows for little to no discomfort during surgery and a more rapid recovery. Patients will experience a gentler cataract removal versus traditional techniques, reduced inflammation & a reduced or no need for glasses or contacts after surgery.

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One size does not fit all. There are different options for you to choose from when it comes to your replacement intra-ocular lens (IOL). Your doctor will help you determine the best option for you based on your anatomy, expectations & lifestyle. Cataract surgery pricing can also be confusing. We will walk you through the process and help you fully understand the costs, including what your insurance will and won’t cover, so you can make a confident, informed decision.


The only way to know for certain if you have a cataract is to have a comprehensive Cataract exam. Our highly-experienced doctors can detect early signs of a cataract by looking at the lens of your eye. If a cataract is impeding your vision, the only way to restore it is to remove & replace the cloudy lens. With over 100,000 successful cataract surgeries performed, our SHARPEVISION surgeons take cataract surgery to a new level.

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Good to Know

What Are Cataracts?

A Cataract is diagnosed when the lens of the eye is cloudy. Much like a dirty window, a cloudy lens is difficult to see through. As Cataracts progress, it becomes increasingly hard to see and do the things you enjoy. If left untreated, Cataracts can result in eventual blindness. Cataract removal quickly & painlessly replaces the cloudy lens with a new lens implant (IOL). Cataracts can affect one or both eyes & are a normal part of aging. If you live long enough, you will likely have Cataracts to some degree, but factors such as smoking, diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure & sun exposure can speed up the clouding of the lens.


Ask the Expert

Dr. Sharpe Explains Cataracts

What to Expect

MODERN CATARACT: Start to Finish

Comprehensive Exam

A comprehensive, dilated Cataract examination is the only way to know if you have Cataracts. Your medical insurance can cover a portion of the cost of your consultation & surgery, so please bring your insurance information. Depending on your specific insurance benefits, you may have a co-pay due at the time of your consultation. While your exam involves 3D diagnostic testing, it is also our opportunity to learn more about you, your expectations & your lifestyle. All of these factors play an important role in recommending the best lens replacement for you.

The complete exam can take up to 90 minutes. After all the data is collected, your doctor will give you an eye exam, discuss the treatment recommendation, discuss various lens implant options that may eliminate glasses after cataract surgery & answer all your questions. Your visit will include dilation of your pupils, which will affect your eyesight for about 4-6 hours, as you may have experienced with a routine eye exam.

Candidate Quiz

Are you eligible?

If you know you have a Cataract, there is only one option to get rid of it. If you don’t know, take our candidate quiz to find out which procedure is right for you!


The whole process was smooth and efficient and pleasant from the first call to the check up a month after the procedure. Love the lifetime guarantee as well.

Laura — Austin

SharpeVision provided me the best once-of-a-lifetime experience. Their staff is super friendly and I never once felt unwelcome. I totally recommend these guys.

Jonah — Austin

From start to finish SharpeVision was professional, kind, informative, and beyond expectations. The staff is amazing and the doctors are incredibly knowledgeable.

Jillian — Austin

Had a wonderful experience here for LASIK! Will be highly recommending it to all friends and family who are considering! Dr. Lancaster was phenomenal!

Conrad S — Austin

I just had LASIK done at SharpeVision and it was by far the best decision ever! My only regret is not doing this sooner!

Amy — Seattle

My experience with SharpeVision was exceptional. The staff was very friendly and helpful throughout the entire process.

Amy — Austin

I didn’t have any pain during the procedure or even after. I just slept right after surgery and through the night!

Ally — Seattle

Dr. Sharpe is very attentive and is there through the procedure, explaining each step as it occurs. Can’t recommend this place enough!

Alex — Seattle

It has been pretty incredible to not be dependent on glasses or contacts! I can’t believe I didn’t get LASIK sooner.

Jenny — Seattle

I walked away with 20/15 vision, I feel like a superhero! Thank you Dr. Sharpe and staff for such a rewarding experience!

Kelsie — Seattle

The Intra-ocular lens

WHich IOL should I choose?

SHARPEVISION offers multiple types of advanced IOLs (intra-ocular lenses) for all types of eyes & patient needs. The list of IOL options gets longer every year as the technology gets better. It is an encyclopedia of info on the pros & cons, design types, outcomes, & side effects that our surgeons weigh based on what a patient wants to achieve with their vision, their hobbies & occupation & their eye health history. Your doctor will then make a lens recommendation based on those factors & expectations, along with your unique eye anatomy. If you have specific questions about the lens type that is recommended for you, your doctor will go into more detail and supply you with educational materials.

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You have Questions.
 We have Answers.

No, the laser can’t burn a hole in your eye. But it’s a good question! Find the answers to our most frequently asked questions at SharpeVision. Some of them may surprise you!

  • Can your eyesight get worse after laser eye surgery?

    If your vision is worse after LASIK or PRK than it was before with glasses or contacts, it’s almost always due to dry eyes or residual prescription. Both of these are fixable with time (for dry eyes which is almost always the cause of foggy vision for a month or more after LASIK) or with additional laser to touch it up (which is necessary approximately 1% of the time and free for the first year after surgery).

  • Which insurance plans cover some or all of the cost of laser eye surgery?

    Most insurance/vision plans do not pay towards LASIK or PRK, but we do honor the discount from EyeMed, VSP, and Davis, so that if you’re a member, your out of pocket expense will be the same. Always check with your insurance carrier or health benefits administrator before coming in for your exam. A few forward-thinking companies are currently paying for some or all of their employees’ LASIK, PRK, and ICL including The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Adaptive Biotech, and Zillow in Seattle.


  • Can you tell if I’m a candidate for laser eye surgery by looking at the prescription from my optometrist?

    No, not just by looking at your prescription. Your general optometrist measures your prescription and level of astigmatism for glasses and contacts and can refer you to a LASIK provider, but they cannot confirm if you will be a candidate for laser eye surgeryTo know if you are a candidate, you need to have a complete eye exam at a LASIK provider. At SharpeVision, we use highly specific equipment to topographically map the surface of  your eyes and get multiple prescription measurements, among other things. Our refractive surgeon-trained optometrists will then discuss all the results with you and determine if you are a candidate for LASIK.

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