SPOKANE (509) 928-8040 : HAYDEN (208) 762-0605
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Mark Kontos, M.D. : Christopher Sturbaum, M.D. : David Skale, M.D. : Casey Claypool, O.D. : Ali Heaton, O.D.


Welcome to the Empire Eye Surgery Center. Our facility is designed to comfort patients in an extraordinary professional setting. We offer you a remarkable combination of advanced surgical skill and state-of-the-art medical technology. Our elite team of eye physicians and staff are here to care for you in a very personalized manner. 

The information that follows is designed to give you a better understanding of Cataract Eye Surgery so you can decide if this procedure is right for you or a loved one. 

A cataract is a clouding of the lens in the eye that affects vision. Most cataracts are related to aging and are very common in older people. By age 80, more than half of all Americans will either have a cataract or have had cataract surgery. A cataract can occur in either one or both eyes, however it cannot spread from one eye to the other. 

For many people, cataracts are just part of the aging process. However, cataracts can also be caused by an injury to the eye, disease, or even long-term exposure to sunlight. 

Many people believe there are numerous options available for treating cataracts. However, surgery is really the only method for the removal of a cataract. In this procedure, the cataract (cloudy lens) is removed from the eye and replaced by an (IOL) Intraocular Lens. (Please see 'You Have a Choice of IOL' below.) 

The first process in determining if you need cataract surgery is to contact our office and schedule an exam. If it is determined you will require surgery, our staff will schedule you for surgery while our physicians test and measure your eye to determine the correct IOL needed. 

On the day of your surgery we recommend you have someone designated to drive you home. The procedure is done at our facility on an outpatient basis and will take just a few hours. Your eye may be covered with a protective shield following surgery and the doctor will ask you not to drive for a while and to avoid any activity which might cause unnecessary strain to your eye. 

You are permitted to use over-the-counter pain relievers if you experience any unusual discomfort. However, if any of the following occur, please call our office immediately at (509) 928-8040:
  • Bleeding
  • Swelling
  • Signs of Infection
  • Loss of vision
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Unusual amount of pain.

You Have a Choice of IOL

For more than 30 years, doctors have treated cataracts by replacing them with Intraocular Lenses, that only allowed you to focus clearly at one distance and patients would have to accept using glasses to correct problems with seeing things up close. Recently, however, IOLs have made tremendous advances in technology and you now have the option to see clearly both from a distance and up close. What follows is a list of multi-focal IOL options we have provided and links to their manufacturers web sites, so you may learn more about your options prior to surgery. As always, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to phone our office and speak with one of our knowledgeable staff. 


CLICK HERE to learn about Laser Cataract Surgery.


Tecnis Multifocal™

This lens is the latest multifocal lens. Like other multifocal lenses, it greatly reduces the need for glasses after cataract surgery. In U.S. clinical trials, 86% of patients never used glasses. It provides good vision for distance, near, and everything in between. With all multifocal lenses, there is a chance that patients will see rings or halos around lights at night. This phenomenon occurs less frequently with this lens. www.tecnismultifocal.com


This IOL delivers a full range of vision in varying light conditions. Sharper Distance -Better intermediate -Versatile Near. 
To learn more about this product visit: www.rezoomiol.com


This corrects for both conditions at the same time, eliminating the need for spectacles after surgery in most patients. Clinical trials showed that over 80 percent of patients receiving this lens never required glasses for any task following surgery. 
To learn more about this product, visit: www.acrysofrestor.com


It accommodates like the natural lens. After implantation of Crystalens, most patients will see brighter and clearer from distance, intermediate to near like they did when they were younger. The only FDA- Approved accommodating IOL. 
To learn more about this product, visit: www.crystalens.com




For patients with cataracts and astigmatism, ACRYSOF corrects for both conditions simultaneously. 
To learn more about this product, visit: www.alcon.com