Expert: Opthalmic Surgery

Vision Quest Medical Center

Gaining Your Trust

"I hope to be able to give patients improved vision and give them an experience that will allow them to trust in me and in Vision Quest Medical. I am highly skilled and experienced in treating advanced cataracts and severe injuries to the cornea, globe or eyelids. My primary objective as an eye doctor is to help maintain your vision to its best potential, until the end of your days."

I'm Not Just Another Doctor

"I play two roles: I am a doctor, and a friend. My best quality as a practitioner is my ability to listen. Listening to our problems lets me empathize more with your difficulties, which helps me on a daily basis to determine the best course of action.
To do this requires active listening - I enjoy that. Another thing that sets me apart from the rest is that I am a perfectionist. Many surgeons can operate and leave you dependent upon glasses, whereas my special interests involve developing techniques and procedures to minimize your need for glasses."

...And You're Not Just Another Patient

"I don't work with patients. I work with people who happen to be patients. My interactions with you are professional, but also familiar, so that we can make important decisions together. I am someone you can talk to, who will not treat you as just another case."

Cataract

What is a cataract?

A cataract is clouding of the normally clear lens of the eye. It is estimated that over one-half of people over 65 in this country experience some loss of eyesight from cataracts. It is necessary to remove this lens surgically and substitute it with another lens (intraocular lens or IOL) to restore normal visual function.

Dr. Sonntag has performed small incision phacoemulsification with intraocular implants, and the "no stitch" surgery for years. Phacoemulsification is commonly mistaken for "laser surgery", but is actually ultrasonic fragmentation to the lens to allow for cataract removal through a tiny incision. No stitch cataract surgery offers the following benefits:
- More rapid healing and rehablilitation
- Fewer post-operative restrictions
- Clearer early post-operative vision

The Premier Surgical Center is conveniently located in our office complex; therefore, all aspects of your surgical care would be at one location. Benefits of our outpatient surgical center:
- No hospitalization
- Short recovery time
- Reduced facility cost-Medicare assignment accepted for the surgical center fee
- Primary insurance claims filed
- Continuation of care from initial clinic visit through surgery by trained eye care staff

ReZoom Multifocal Lens

The ReZoom Multifocal Intraocular Lens (IOL) is designed to provide patients with multifunctional vision. The ReZoom lens not only treats cataracts, but it also turns back the clock to bring back much of your ability to see up close and at a distance. For many people who have worn glasses or contacts most of their lives, the ReZoom Multifocal lens can mean independence for the first time.
The ReZoom Multifocal Lens has a patented new design called Balanced View Optics Technology. This lens design creates multiple focal points so you can see well at a variety of distances, be it near, mid-distance, or far. In fact, in clinical studies, 92% of those who received the ReZoom Multifocal lens reported wearing glasses either "never" or "occasionally." In contrast, most people receiving single vision monofocal lenses require reading glasses or bifocals to have a full range of vision.
The ReZoom Multifocal Lens has uniquely proportioned visual zones that provide it with its major advantage. Each ReZoom Multifocal Lens is divided into five different zones with each zone designed for different light and focal distances. Unlike other earlier multifocal lens designs, the ReZoom Multifocal Lens has proportioned the size of its zones to provide for good vision in a range of light conditions. For instance, some zones have been designed to offer greater low light/ distance vision support during night driving.

If you are diagnosed with cataracts and are experiencing one or more of the following issues, you may be a candidate for the ReZoom Multifocal lens:
- Difficulty reading
- Difficulty seeing close objects
- Difficulty seeing to drive, especially at night
- Changing glasses prescriptions
- Needing bifocals

Prelex

PRELEX is an alternative procedure to laser vision correction and other refractive surgical procedures. It corrects nearsightedness, farsightedness and presbyopia using a multifocal intraocular lens implant. Presbyopia is a condition typically requiring individuals over the age of 40 to use reading glasses.
Multifocal lenses are designed to allow the patient to focus on several ranges, reducing the need for bifocals. Dr. Sonntag has been implanting this IOL upgrade lens for over 12 years with excellent results and continual patient satisfaction.

Dr. Sonntag participated in the first FDA study on multifocal lenses over 12 years ago. One of the multifocal lenses he currently uses is the ReZoom lens. In the clinical study, 80% of the patients receiving the ReZoom IOL reported that they never wear glasses for any activities, including reading, working on the computer, driving a car - day or night - golfing or tennis.

Call 208-377-3937 and schedule your FREE screening and find out if you are a possible candidate for Refractive surgery. To find out more about Refractive surgery, visit Vision Quest's website. Financing is available.