Cataract Surgery

If you have cataracts, blurry vision can impact your well-being and make simple activities difficult. 

Dr. Robert Wooldridge and Dr. Bradley J. Anderson can help restore your vision with cataract surgery.

Explore how The Eye Foundation of Utah in Salt Lake City, UT, can help improve your vision and quality of life with this outpatient surgery.

What Are Cataracts?

The natural lens of the eye sits behind the iris and focuses light onto the retina to create images. When the tissues in the lens begin to thicken or break down, this can cloud the lens. This is known as a cataract. Cataracts affect how light is received by the retina, making your vision blurry or dulling colors, among other symptoms.

During cataract surgery, the clouded or thickened portion of the lens is removed. It is then replaced with an artificial lens, also known as an intraocular lens (IOL), to restore your vision.

Dr. Robert Wooldridge can provide pre- and post-operative care and screen for the condition and Dr. Bradley Anderson performs the surgery at our eye care office in Salt Lake City, UT. During a short outpatient procedure, we can help to restore your clear vision. 

Diagram comparing healthy eye and an eye with cataracts

Cataract Surgery Timeline

Cataract surgery is an outpatient surgery. It is often completed in about an hour.
Cataract surgery is an outpatient surgery. It is often completed in about an hour.

Numbing Eye Drops

Dr. Anderson will begin the procedure by numbing the eyes with eye drops. This will ensure you are comfortable throughout the surgery.

Incision and Lens Removal

Dr. Anderson will begin your surgery by making a small incision in the cornea. Using an ultrasound tool, your surgeon will then break up the cataract. This process is known as phacoemulsification. The pieces are then gently suctioned out.

IOL Placement

Dr. Anderson will then place an intraocular lens where the clouded lens once was. No sutures are needed to close the corneal incision as it will close on its own within 24 hours.


Once your surgery is complete, you will have a shield placed over your eye to protect it. You will be monitored for a short period before a friend or family member can take you home. 

Ready to restore your vision?

Take a Closer Look at Cataract Surgery

During this procedure, your surgeon will remove the clouded lens and replace it with a premium IOL.
Cataract surgery can improve your vision and even eliminate the need for glasses.

What About LASIK?


LASIK surgery and cataract surgery both improve patients' vision. However, they target different issues. LASIK is not recommended for patients with cataracts as it does not remove the clouded lens, meaning any vision improvement from LASIK could be short-lived as the cataract progresses. 

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The staff are all so nice and helpful.  The doctor is very knowledgeable and nice as well.  I really feel like they are looking out for my eye's well-being.

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I have found Dr. Wooldridge and his staff to be highly professional.  Dr. Wooldridge takes time to answer my questions and he always explains my situation and options clearly and completely.  I have been in the foundation's care for over a decade now and have always been satisfied with their work.

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The Eye Foundation of Utah

Welcome to the Eye Foundation of Utah, a team of eye care specialists led by Dr. Robert Wooldridge, OD, and Dr. Bradley J. Anderson, MD. We have proudly served Salt Lake City and the surrounding communities since 1982 with exceptional eye care. Our professional affiliations include:

  • American Academy of Optometry
  • Optometric Glaucoma Society
  • Utah Optometric Association
  • Mountain West Council of Optometrists

To schedule an appointment, please contact us online, or give us a call at: (801) 268-6408

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