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Cataract Surgery

Cataracts cloud over the natural lens of your eye, making it hard for you to read, drive, walk, or clearly see your loved ones.

Cataract surgery can safely remove cloudy eye tissue, improving your vision to bring what you love about life back into focus.

Here's why choosing the expert eye doctors at Pearl Street Eye of Boulder, Colorado for your cataract surgery is the crystal clear choice...

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Meet Our Esteemed Doctors

Dr. Stanley Cushing

Dr. Stanley Cushing

Dr. Cushing is an extensively trained board-certified optometrist who has been treating patients for over 40 years.

Dr. Justin Coco

Dr. Justin Coco

Dr. Coco is a board-certified ophthalmologist who focuses on cataract and refractive surgeries. He has been practicing for over a decade.

Dr. Cecelia Koetting

Dr. Koetting has extensive experience in the field. Her specialties include dry eye disease, glaucoma, diabetic eye care, and neuro-optometry.

What Is a Cataract?

A cataract is caused by the breakdown of proteins within the natural lens in your eye, making your vision hazy and blurry. Imagine holding a thick piece of gauze in front of your eyes. That's what vision with cataracts is like. If left untreated, cataracts can cause severe or total loss of eyesight. Cataracts often develop naturally as we age, but there are other factors can contribute, as well, including:

Are Cataracts Common? The Simple Answer Is Yes.

Cataracts affect millions of people around the globe. In fact, according to the National Eye Institute more than 20 million people over the age of 40 in the United States alone experience some vision impairment due to cataracts. 

Luckily, technological advances over the past few decades have made cataract surgery extremely accessible. According to studies done by iData Research, over three million procedures were performed in the United States in 2017 alone.

The extensively-trained ophthalmology professionals at Pearl Street Eye have performed thousands of successful cataract treatments in the course of their distinguished careers.

What Can Cataract Surgery Improve?

Surgery to remove and replace cataract tissue with a clear intraocular lens (IOL) can vastly improve or potentially eliminate visual impairments like:

  • Cloudy, dim vision
  • Glare from bright lights 
  • Impaired night driving
  • Double vision 
  • Inability to see bright colors
  • Trouble reading
  • Frequent tripping and falling
  • Reliance on contacts or eyeglasses

"I HIGHLY recommend everyone go to Pearl Street Eye."


Libby Reynolds


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I decided to give Pearl Street Eye a chance after I found out Dr. Tripp retired and sold his practice. And boy am I glad I did. The new staff/doctors are extremely nice, knowledgeable and thorough. I HIGHLY recommend everyone go to Pearl Street Eye. 

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Charlie G


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I am so glad to hear that Pearl Street Eye has re-opened UNDER NEW OWNERSHIP.  Dr. Cushing was my doctor and he was absolutely incredible.  He really sweet and took his time during his exam. I will be referring everyone I know to Pearl Street Eye.

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Choose Pearl Street Eye for Cataract Surgery Performed by a Board-Certified Ophthalmologist

We offer top-quality, comprehensive optometry and ophthalmology services from cataract surgery and general exams to glaucoma treatment and LASIK procedures. You'll be well taken care of in our relaxing, state-of-the-art office thanks to our skilled vision professionals, cutting-edge technology, and warm, caring staff.

Our goal is to make you and your whole family feel safe, comfortable, and at home from the moment you walk in the door. We treat our patients like family. To schedule a consultation with a member of the Pearl Street Eye team, fill out our online form or call: 

(303) 442-6260

Is Cataract Surgery Safe?

All medical procedures come with certain risks. However, cataract surgery is one of the safer and more commonly performed procedures in the medical field. The professionals at Pearl Street Eye in Boulder are among the best cataract surgery experts in the state of Colorado, if not the entire country.

What to Expect during Cataract Surgery

Your skilled Pearl Street Eye surgeon will remove the cloudy cataract tissue beneath the surface of your eye and replace it with a clear artificial lens, or IOL, that's specifically designed to help you see better. The entire procedure, which takes about 30 minutes, is done in our technologically advanced outpatient surgery room. Here's a step-by-step guide to the procedure:

Day of Procedure


Your doctor will administer anesthetic eye drops to your affected eye so you don't feel any discomfort. We offer IV sedation if requested.

Laser Incisions

A highly-accurate laser will painlessly make a few small incisions in your cornea. There are no blades or stitches to worry about.

Cataract Removal

A powerful ultrasound probe is inserted into an incision to break up and suction out cloudy cataract tissue through a process called phacoemulsification. Cataract surgeons have been successfully using phacoemulsification to remove cataracts for over 50 years.

Placing Your IOL 

A folded IOL is put in place under your cornea through one of the incisions. This clear artificial lens is then unfolded over the area where the cataract was growing.

Rest In Our Comfortable Office

We'll want you to relax in our comfortable office for a few hours after the procedure. It's important to have someone waiting to drive you when it's time to head home.

That's It!

You're ready to start the healing process.

See What the Procedure Looks Like...

The Clear Choice to Improve Cloudy Vision

Before Cataract Surgery Vision obscured by cataract tissue.
after cataract surgery
After Cataract Surgery Vision improved with cataract removal.

Is Cataract Surgery Covered by Insurance?

Standard cataract surgery is usually covered by both private medical insurance and Medicare, depending on your individual plan and the type of intraocular lens you receive.

Standard IOL

If you do have coverage, replacing a cataract with a standard monofocal intraocular lens should result in zero out-of-pocket costs to you.

Premium IOL

More expensive premium lenses, like a toric lens for astigmatism, may not be completely covered by insurance, resulting in out-of-pocket expenses.


The friendly, knowledgeable staff at Pearl Street Eye will happily meet with you and thoroughly discuss costs, insurance and financing options regarding your cataract surgery.

"Took Great Care of Me and My Eyes."


Anthony V.G.


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I saw Dr. Cushing recently for an eye exam and it was incredible. The new technicians and doctor took great care of me and my eyes.

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Eddie Barr


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The new staff is THE BEST. I am so happy I went to Dr. Cushing at Pearl Street Eye for my contact lens exam. I will 100% be back.

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Pearl Street Eye

The team at Pearl Street Eye in Boulder, CO, combines cutting-edge technology with a genuine commitment to patients' health. Drs. Stanley Cushing, Justin Coco, and Cecelia Koetting have in-depth experience and are members of the:

  • American Academy of Ophthalmology™
  • American Osteopathic Association®
  • American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
  • International Society of Refractive Surgery®
  • American Osteopathic Colleges of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery
  • American Optometric Association

Are you due for an eye exam or worried about your vision? Request a consultation or call our practice today at (303) 442-6260.

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