How Much Does Cataract Surgery Cost?

Posted by Dr. Maria Scott

Aug 24, 2015 1:15:00 PM

cataract-cost-questions-answeredCataracts are a major health issue for today's aging population, and they are the cause of half of all cases of blindness and one-third of all cases of visual impairment. Luckily, they can be corrected with a relatively straightforward surgery that is usually done on an outpatient basis.

What should you do if you're concerned about your deteriorating vision, and you're wondering, "How much is cataract surgery?" Read on to learn about the options available to you.

Average Cost Per Eye

According to a recent study, the average out-of-pocket cost of cataract surgery in 2013 in the U.S. was $3,230 for each eye. This means that, on average, you would pay roughly $6,500 for surgery on both eyes. If you shop around with multiple medical practices, check that the quotes you receive include the costs for both the operation and any post-operative care, including medications. Be sure to find out if your pricing includes the latest technology, such as laser cataract surgery versus manual cataract surgery that uses a hand-held blade, and ORA Precision Vision technology. Also, make sure to ask if the most advanced lenses (multifocal, astigmatism correcting) are offered and at what cost.

Consider the Benefits

It’s important to consider what you would be missing if you allow cataracts to develop. Poor vision or blindness can have major effects on your safety and your ability to be self-sufficient and independent. You may be unable to drive your car, run errands or navigate around your home. If your ability to do your work relies heavily on your sight, you may suffer job loss as the result of your cataracts. Lost wages could end up costing you far more than the surgery itself.

Check Your Health Insurance

Before scheduling your cataract surgery, always contact your health insurer to see if it will be covered under your plan. Most insurance plans, including Medicare, will pay for the costs of cataract surgery; however, insurers may only cover what is deemed to be medically necessary. Getting a monofocal (single-focus) intraocular lens is considered basic care and would be covered under most plans. A presbyopia-correcting intraocular lens, which may reduce or remove the need for reading glasses, might be seen as elective and beyond the basic coverage. Be sure to understand exactly what your insurance plan will cover as you weigh your cataract care options.

Final Thoughts

Even if your health insurance does not totally cover the procedure, you can save money by using funds from a flexible spending account or a health savings account. Financing options are also available to make cataract surgery costs affordable. Without even thinking about it, you use your eyes every day, all day long. Preserving your vision is one of the greatest gifts money can buy.

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Charles Nardone Shares his Life-Changing Cataract Surgery Experience

Posted by Dr. Maria Scott

Sep 16, 2014 10:00:00 AM


CEC_269_Blog_Image-2 An Interview with Charles Nardone, Cataract Patient & Custom Home Builder, Boston, MA

Q. Why did you decide to see Dr. Scott?

Charles: With my line of work and lifestyle, I was willing to travel to have the best cataract surgeon and Dr. Scott came highly recommended.

Q. What made you decide to have cataract surgery?

Charles: I had trouble seeing when I was driving at night. I had trouble reading and could not read the instruments on my boat without glasses.

Q. What was your biggest fear before surgery?

Charles: The unknown of what was going to happen. Could I lose my eyesight or have a problem with the lens? I was also concerned about which type of lens would be best for me and what it would do to my vision. Dr. Scott took the time to discuss my concerns. She thoroughly reviewed my test results and even requested a second test to make sure she had all the information before recommending what lens would be best for my vision and lifestyle.  

Q. What was your life like before cataract surgery?

Charles: Driving at night was an absolute nightmare. The halogen lights created a real problem for me and threw my driving off completely. Reading architectural drawings always required that I had the right pair of glasses. It was frustrating to lose the vision I once had and to rely on my glasses. Trying to see the instruments on my boat was a challenge. I constantly had to alternate between regular glasses and sun glasses.

Q. How has cataract surgery impacted your life?

Charles: It has made it 100 times better-just night and day, really. It has made my life easier. I never have to worry about glasses for driving a car or my boat or reading a set of plans. My vision is so clear. I can see and do whatever I want to. It’s like it was when I was in my 20’s and had 20/20 vision and in fact now at 71, I have 20/20 vision again. It doesn’t get any better than that!

Q. What was your recovery like?

Charles: Fantastic. You have to follow the drop schedule. It’s such a fantastic change. I could see a difference right away. The day after surgery I saw a great improvement and within 3 days my vision was amazing. 

Q. What would you tell someone who is considering cataract surgery?

Charles: If you have trouble seeing or driving at night, or reading due to cataracts, or have an astigmatism like I do, the surgery will make a world of difference. No matter where you live, I highly recommend Dr. Scott. I was incredibly impressed with the way she and her staff handled everything.

The cataract evaluation was the most thorough eye exam I have ever had, and it gave me even more confidence in Dr. Scott. Her professionalism and ability to accurately diagnose my eye problems was outstanding. Her concern, bedside manner and follow-up were unbelievable! Today, you rarely find a doctor who calls you personally the night after surgery to see how you are doing. All the follow up just goes along with the concern Dr. Scott has for the well-being of her patients. I recommend her very highly because she delivers such a positive experience with such a high level of caring and my results were unbelievable.

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When Will I Need Cataract Surgery

Posted by Dr. Heather Nesti

Jun 17, 2014 3:27:00 PM

ripe_cataractWhen a patient is diagnosed with a cataract, a common question asked is “When will I need surgery?” 

In the past, patients were told by their eye care providers that the cataract must be ripe in order to perform surgery. The term “ripe” was designated for cataracts which became very dense, severely decreasing a patient’s vision. 

Methods of earlier cataract surgery required a large incision, the removal of the lens in one piece, and patients were required to lie on their backs with their heads between sandbags to prevent movement.

Advancements in cataract surgery including smaller incisions and breaking the lens into small pieces for removal have significantly decreased the risks related to cataract surgery. Therefore, we no longer refer to ripening of cataracts. 

We now define a cataract as ready for removal if the patient has decreased vision and notes visual symptoms which affect activities of daily living. An examination from an eye care provider can diagnose a cataract and help to determine if your cataract may be ready for surgery. 

When you are selecting your cataract surgeon, be sure to find out if the surgeon offers the latest advancements in technology and lens options available.  

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Preparing for Cataract Eye Surgery

Posted by Dr. Heather Nesti

Feb 25, 2014 11:00:00 AM

female_doctor_with_patientsIt’s understandable if you’re nervous about having cataract eye surgery, but knowing as much as possible about what to expect can help set your mind at ease. Cataract surgery is one of the most common and successful surgeries performed in this country. In roughly 90 percent of cases, those who undergo cataract surgery end up having improved vision once the cataracts are gone. By taking the following factors into consideration, you’ll be well-prepared for your surgery.

Questions to Ask Your Eye Doctor

Gather as much information as you can about the procedure you’ll be having. Ask your cataract eye surgeon the following questions:

  • How long does the procedure take?
  • Do you operate on both eyes at the same time?
  • Where will I have surgery?
  • Do I need to do anything before the surgery?
  • What takes place during the procedure?
  • How will my vision be impacted?
  • What kind of results have you had with your patients?
  • How many procedures have you performed?
  • What kind of technology do you use?
  • How long will it take to recover?
  • Are any risks involved and how can I minimize them?
  • Will I have to take any medication?

Tests to Expect

Prior to cataract surgery, you will undergo a thorough eye health and vision evaluation. Your exam will include a complete, dilated eye exam. Specific measurements of your eye will be taken. The evaluation will include pressure checks, astigmatism evaluation, and retina examination, among others. These tests help the surgeon determine if cataract surgery can be performed or if there is another condition that needs to be treated prior to surgery. It is also important to discuss your hobbies, interests, extra-curricular activities, and type of work with your doctor before surgery. By conducting a thorough evaluation, the surgeon will have all the necessary information to determine what type of technology to use, manual or laser surgery, and what type of lens will be the best option to suit your vision goals post-surgery and lifestyle.  

One Eye or Two?

If both eyes have cataracts that are ready to be removed, typically they will be operated on two weeks apart. At the one week post-operative check-up for the first eye, your surgeon will check the second eye to make sure there have not been any changes to preclude surgery. If everything looks good, then the second eye will be operated on the following week. For those only needing cataract surgery on one eye, but wear prescription glasses, the surgeon will address your visual needs for the second eye. 

Medication

Depending on your specific health and the surgery you will be having, your doctor might ask you to avoid taking certain kinds of medication beforehand. You will also receive a specific pre-surgery and post-surgery eye drop schedule to follow. Among these are anti-inflammatory and antibiotic eye drops. It is important to follow the eye drop schedule as prescribed to ensure the most positive outcome.

Fasting

Depending on the time of day that your cataract surgery is scheduled, you may be asked to not eat or drink anything after midnight. Prior to surgery, a nurse will contact you to review the time of your appointment and any food or drink restrictions. 

Surgery Day

Cataract surgery is either performed in a private, state-of-the-art, Medicare-certified surgical facility, like the one we have at the Chesapeake Cataract Center®, or at the hospital. Prior to surgery, patients are given topical numbing drops and IV sedation, or twilight anesthesia, to ensure that they are comfortable and relaxed. During cataract surgery, the old lens is removed and replaced with a new lens, known as an intraocular lens (IOL). Until recently, the old lens was removed using handheld, surgical instruments. Today, we are proud to be the first in Anne Arundel County to offer our patients bladeless laser cataract surgery, a technology that is revolutionizing the entire procedure and providing patients with unparalleled visual results. In most cases, the actual cataract surgery is performed in less than 10 minutes and patients leave wearing a pair of dark glasses.

Transportation

Ask a friend or family member to drive you to and from your appointment. Although cataract eye surgery is outpatient surgery, you won’t be able to drive afterwards. You will also need to have a driver for your one day post-operative appointment.   

Post-Surgery Considerations

Within 48 hours, patients return to most routine activities with minimal restrictions. Depending on your lifestyle and the type of work you do, your doctor may instruct you to avoid doing strenuous activities or performing certain movements, such as lifting heavy objects or bending down. Prior to surgery, your cataract team will review all restrictions for post-surgery. With certain types of procedures, such as laser surgery, your recovery time should be much faster.

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Choosing a cataract surgeon: Questions to ask

Posted by Dr. Heather Nesti

Feb 11, 2014 11:00:00 AM

cataract_surgeon_questionsIf you are heading into your fifties or sixties then you are well aware of the lack of clarity of vision which was available to you in your twenties. In many cases, this is usually due to the early stage of cataracts. At first you may begin to notice that your vision is a bit cloudy at times. Another sign may be that as you are reading, the letters and the background on the page may be difficult to see clearly.

When these symptoms become more frequent, it's time to consult with a professional cataract surgeon. By seeking the advice of an expert, you'll not only reduce your stress level but a determination can be made to eliminate other possible eye disorders that might be present as well.

If you are ready for cataract surgery here are some essential questions you should ask in order to secure the best treatment and care for your eyes from your cataract surgeon.

  1. Find out the experience level of the surgeon in performing this type of medical procedure. How many surgeries have they performed? What is their success rate?
  2. Ask what type of lens will be used and how this will impact your vision, including your ability to see far and near.
  3. Discuss your current health issues and ask whether (and how) they may complicate the cataract surgery.
  4. Ask what kind of outcomes you can expect in terms of the quality of your vision post-surgery.  Even though your cataract surgeon cannot guarantee that your vision will improve, you should be aware of the recovery and success rate.
  5. You will need to take some precautions after the surgery so make certain you understand exactly what steps you must take to protect your eyes while they are healing.  
  6. Ask how long your eyes will take to heal.
  7. Returning to work and other activities is important and your cataract surgeon should inform you of the length of your recovery that is necessary in order to work or even drive a car.

If you have finally arrived at the decision to go ahead with cataract removal, it is important to understand that cataract eye surgeries are very common and new technologies have made surgery safer than ever and resulted in vision improvements in up to 95 percent of cataract patients. 

There is truly no reason for you to continue to suffer in silence as your vision continues to fade. Contact a qualified cataract surgeon and make sure to ask the questions that will help you make an informed decision about the best course of action in your case. Make the decision today to get your vision back and enjoy the clarity you want and need!
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Cataract Surgery: Choosing a Lens

Posted by Dr. Maria Scott

Feb 4, 2014 11:00:00 AM

catarct_surgery_choosing_a_lensIf you’ve recently received a cataract diagnosis and surgery is recommended, you may not be aware of the lens choices you have. The good news is that cataract surgery is one of the most common and successful surgeries in the United States. Many are experiencing outstanding outcomes with the advancements in lens technology. Cataract surgery is helping many restore and often improve their vision, which was compromised by the cataract. 

Cataract surgery is typically performed in an outpatient setting utilizing local anesthesia.  Many top-notch practices (including our own) have moved to bladeless laser cataract surgery, an incredible technology that has improved the results that patients achieve. While the basic procedure is the same—the old lens is removed and replaced with a new one—there are several lens choices a patient has depending on their specific needs and whether they qualify as a candidate.

Before choosing a lens, an assessment process will need to be preformed.  This assessment will include several measurements of your eye, a review of any risk factors, identification of any eye health issues, and an assessment of your vision, including farsightedness, nearsightedness, and astigmatism. This information will help the surgeon recommend the intraocular lens (IOL) that is right for you, resulting in the best possible outcome.

Today’s lens choices include a basic single-focus lens, multifocal lens, accommodative lens, or a toric lens. Each lens performs differently. Single-focus lenses use to be the only option, and while they are still effective, many patients can expect to use glasses full-time post-procedure—especially for reading and intermediate vision. 

The premium lenses now offer patients best near, intermediate and distance vision, often without the need for glasses after surgery. With the multifocal lens, patients can expect best near and distance vision.  With the accommodative lens, patients can expect best intermediate and distance vision. Often, patients do not need to use glasses after surgery or their use of glasses is minimal.

For those with astigmatism, there are many options now available. The latest laser technology and ORA Precision Vision can correct mild astigmatism and patients may then be able to get an advanced multifocal or accommodative lens. If the astigmatism is moderate to advanced, the surgeon may recommend a toric lens to correct the astigmatism and give the patient best distance vision. The patient may still need glasses for near and intermediate after surgery. 

Your caract surgeon will discuss the lens options that are best for you, your life style, vision and eye health. Not everyone is a good candidate for premium lenses; however, regardless of the lens chosen, today’s technology has greatly improved the results of cataract surgery. Expect your surgeon to walk you through the process explaining and advising what will happen before, during, and after the procedure. A surgery without complications usually takes about fifteen minutes, and the recovery time around a month.

After cataract surgery, you might experience some post-operative effects—redness in the eyes, blurriness—and you must follow some basic precautions and aftercare instructions, but you will also enjoy the successful results of today’s cataract surgery and IOLs. With the advanced technology and premium lenses, many patients are experiencing the vision they had in their 20s.

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Recovering from cataract eye surgery: what to expect?

Posted by Dr. Heather Nesti

Jan 28, 2014 3:49:16 PM

cataract_examCataract eye surgery can greatly improve the vision of those who are eligible for it, but before you decide if it’s right for you, it’s important to know what to expect before, during, and after your surgery. Here we’ll cover what you can expect after your surgery.

You Can Expect Your Vision to Improve Quickly

For most people, vision will improve within a few days of cataract eye surgery. You’ll typically see your surgeon the day after surgery, then the following week, then one month and three months after surgery.  Your doctor will use these appointments to monitor the healing of your eyes and to ensure the surgery was successful.

No More Eye Patches

Today, you no longer are required to wear an eye patch after surgery. Instead, you will be given a pair of dark glasses to wear following surgery, as your eyes will be sensitive to light. Most people return to normal activities within 48 hours with a few restrictions. Your surgeon will go over these restrictions prior to surgery. 

Your Doctor Will Prescribe Appropriate Medication and Eye Drops

Your surgeon will prescribe specific eye drops to be taken prior to surgery and then following surgery.  Depending on the specifics of your cataract surgery, your surgeon will prescribed eye drops or other medications that work to prevent infection, to reduce inflammation, and to control eye pressure. In many cases, the eye is completely healed within four weeks of cataract eye surgery.

When to Contact Your Doctor

While healing time is typically fast and side effects are rare, you should immediately contact your surgeon if you experience any of the following symptoms:

  • Vision loss
  • Pain that continues even with over-the-counter medication
  • Increasingly red eyes
  • Floaters and/or light flashes in front of your eye
  • Nausea, excessive coughing, or vomiting

Again, these symptoms are very rare and are highly treatable, but it’s important to stay in contact with your doctor if you experience them.

The Need for Glasses After Cataract Surgery

Amazing advancements in technology now allow patients to achieve the vision they desire without dependence on glasses after cataract surgery. Previously, single focus lenses – which require glasses after surgery – were the only option. With the most advanced lenses, most patients are enjoying the freedom to read, use their cell phone or iPad, play golf and drive with limited or no need for glasses. For those with low astigmatism, ORA Precision Vision technology and Laser Arcuate Incisions or Limbal Relaxing Incisions now make it possible for patients to receive the multifocal or accommodative lenses unless other eye health conditions exist. For those with significant astigmatism, the Toric lens may be an option. By combining the most advanced lenses with bladeless laser cataract surgery and ORA Precision Vision technology, patients are regaining the vision they had in their 20s.

Cataract Surgery for Both Eyes

Those who have cataracts in both eyes can typically expect their doctor to operate on each eye individually.  The second surgery is often scheduled two weeks after the first to allow time for the first eye to heal before the next surgery takes place. Your surgeon will also check the second eye at your one week post op visit for the first eye to ensure nothing has changed with the second eye. 

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What Results Can I Expect From Cataract Surgery?

Posted by Dr. Heather Nesti

Jan 6, 2014 4:13:34 PM

eye_examMany patients ask their eye surgeon, "What kind of results can I expect from cataract surgery?" This is an excellent question. 

With the major advancements in cataract surgery today, patients are achieving exceptional outcomes and are able to see near, mid and far distances often without the need for glasses. Several key factors play an integral role in the results of your cataract surgery. Getting the right diagnosis, most appropriate treatment, and very best doctors for your individual situa­tion is critical.  It’s important to find a practice that spe­cializes in the latest procedures, takes time to answer all your questions, and closely monitors your progress – be­fore and after surgery.

Cataract Evaluation

The first step is getting a thorough evaluation of your vision and the health of your eyes. It is important to find a practice that offers extensive testing to identify if you do have a cataract, how far it has progressed, if it’s in both eyes, and if you have any other eye health issues. Your individual vision will also be evaluated to help the surgeon determine the best lens for you. 

Lens Selection

With the advent of premium lenses, including multifocal, accommodative and astigmatism correcting lenses, patients are often able to reduce or eliminate the need for glasses after surgery.  Previously, single focus lenses – which require glasses after surgery – were the only option.  Your surgeon will work with you to identify the best lens to suit your lifestyle and vision needs. 

Laser Technology

Laser cataract surgery is one of the most revolutionary advancements in ophthalmology since LASIK. The bladeless LenSx Laser ensures the most gentle, accurate, exact incisions. This technology allows surgeons to precisely program the size, shape and location of the incision and lens capsule for each patient. In non-laser cataract surgery, the surgeon relies on handheld surgical instruments to make incisions and remove the old lens. The LenSx Laser also softens the lens to reduce the amount of energy and fluid needed to remove the cataract, resulting in faster visual recovery. The LenSx Laser corrects mild astigmatism so patients will see as clearly as possible for distance vision without relying on glasses. Coupled with ORA Precision Vision, cataract patients are achieving unprecedented visual outcomes.

Experienced Surgeon

When selecting the right surgeon, it is important to make sure that he or she is a well-trained, board-certified ophthalmologist with an excellent reputation for delivering consistent, successful outcomes.

Is it worth it?

Giving cataract patients the opportunity to regain or even improve their vision is life changing. After cataract surgery most patients remark, “I can’t believe what I was missing!”  Colors are often more vibrant and fine details become visible again. Improving a patient’s vision with cataract surgery promotes an engaged, independent lifestyle.  What could be more rewarding than that?

 

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What Is A Cataract?

Posted by Dr. Maria Scott

Nov 22, 2013 3:03:00 PM

CataractA cataract occurs when the lens inside the eye becomes milky or clouded. This milkiness, or what ophthalmologists call opacification, of the lens is ultimately what prevents light from reaching the retina. The end result from this inability of light to reach the retina is blurred vision and eventually blindness, if left untreated. In fact, although a cataract can be treated by surgery, cataracts are still the number one cause of blindness. 

What Causes Cataracts? 

The etiology of a cataract is complex and related to age, trauma, UV radiation and even genetics. Although the number one risk factor for developing a cataract is biological age, cataracts can be related to injury (traumatic cataracts) or genetics (congenital cataracts). Because of poor development or undetected infections, babies and youngsters can sometimes even develop cataracts. 

That said, the number one risk factor for developing a cataract is still age. In fact, the National Institutes of Health estimates that over half of America's senior citizens have already met the diagnostic criteria for some form of cataract. It is therefore no surprise that older Americans are increasingly seeking treatment to correct cataracts and improve their vision. 

Why Perform Surgery?

Depending on the state of the cataract, surgery may be the best option to prevent further visual impairment or complications with removing the lens.  Additionally, in most cases cataracts will eventually affect both eyes and if left untreated will further reduce the ability to see clearly. Surgery to correct cataracts would typically be a reasonable option when the cataract affects daily activities and vision related to driving or watching television. 

Other times, however, a cataract may need to be removed even when the cataract itself is not causing debilitating vision problems. For example, if a patient can't be assessed or diagnosed properly for other eye diseases, such as diabetic retinopathy or macular degeneration, cataract surgery may be needed to address these conditions which can also cause significant vision loss or even blindness.

How is Cataract Surgery Performed?

Cataract surgery is one of the most common and successful surgeries performed in this country. It is an outpatient procedure performed either at the hospital or in a private, certified surgical facility. Patients are given topical numbing drops and IV sedation, or twilight anesthesia, to ensure that they are comfortable and relaxed. During cataract surgery, the old lens is removed and replaced with a new lens, known as an intraocular lens (IOL).  In most cases, cataract surgery is performed in less than 10 minutes and patients leave wearing a pair of dark glasses. Within 48 hours, patients return to most routine activities with minimal restrictions.

Common Cataract Symptoms 

The warning signs for cataracts include cloudy or dim vision; problems seeing at night; increased sensitivity to light or glare; the appearance of "halos" around light sources; yellowing of the eyes; double vision in one eye; and, finally, frequent readjustments in the strength of your contact or lens strength, especially as it concerns older patients. 

As cataracts increase in size and remain either undetected or untreated, vision might become more cloudy. When this happens, the light passing through the lens gets increasingly distorted. If you notice double vision or a sudden increase in the amount of cloudiness if your vision, immediately make an appointment with an eye care professional

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How are cataracts removed?

Posted by Dr. Heather Nesti

Oct 29, 2013 8:12:00 AM

Cataract_Surgery

The Mayo Clinic reports that age-related cataract problems affect 22 million Americans and predicts an increase to 30 million by 2020. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and other sources, "age-related" means "adults 40 years or older." The further you are into that age-related group, the more you need to learn about cataract surgery.

Definition

In nature, a cataract is a thick, dense, opaque waterfall. In ophthalmology, a cataract is a thickening of the eye's lens making vision increasingly opaque. It is not a film that can be pulled off, as some believe. Rather, it is a buildup of protein in the lens that prevents light from passing clearly through the lens, causing some loss of vision. Cataracts are not painful and often accumulate only slowly, so treatment is postponed until the symptoms require it. 

Treatments

In most cases, a cataract is removed because the vision has become significantly impaired.  However, there are cases in which the cataract may be removed incidentally because of necessary treatment for other eye diseases, such as macular degeneration or diabetic retinopathy.  Lastly, if a cataract is in its early stage and surgery is not yet recommended, non-surgical treatments such as contact lenses and glasses may be prescribed to address visual changes. 

A few things you should know about cataract surgery:

  • Cataract surgery is performed on an outpatient basis.
  • Many patients find that cataracts occur simultaneously in both eyes.  With cataract surgery, only one eye is operated on at a time.  Usually, the second eye will be operated on two weeks after the first surgery.
  • Surgery gently removes the clouded lens, replacing it with a clean artificial (plastic, acrylic, or silicone) intraocular lens or IOL. 
  • Patients are awake during the surgery; however, with the combination of a short surgery time, usually less than 15 minutes, and the use of topical numbing drops and “twilight sedation”, patients often remark that they did not even realize the surgery had been completed.
  • Patients leave wearing a pair of dark glasses versus an eye patch.
  • All surgery carries some risk of infection and/or bleeding, but 99.5% of patients report no serious post-operative complications from cataract surgery. 
  • Within 48 hours, patients return to most routine activities with minimal restrictions.
  • You will see your surgeon the follow day after surgery to assess the results.  After your one day post-operative visit, you will most likely have a two week follow up, one month and three month post-op exam.

What Happens During Surgery

To treat a cataract, it must be surgically removed and replaced with a synthetic intraocular lens (IOL).  With the recent advent of laser cataract surgery, the procedure for removal has changed.  Surgeons may perform manual cataract surgery using hand held instruments to make a small incision and fragment the lens into small pieces prior to removal.  Laser cataract surgery allows the surgeon to make bladeless incisions and use laser technology to fragment and soften the lens prior to removal.  Once the cataract is removed, the intraocular lens (IOL) is implanted.  Advanced technology now offers multiple lens options including single focus, multifocal and astigmatism correcting lenses.  Prior to surgery, the surgeon will recommend a lens that is best suited to your needs. 

Results

After surgery, some patients will still wear glasses, depending on their lens choice.  Often patients who are able to get the multifocal lenses find that they see well at all distances and usually do not rely on glasses.  Three million Americans have cataract surgery every year with a 98% success rate. Your time may come, but there is value in identifying your ophthalmologist of choice sooner than later. Talk to your friends for testimonials and consider your Family Physician's referral. Check the surgeon's credentials and memberships and see how comfortable you are with the practice's staff and physical environment. Whatever happens, do not let these loose ends get in the way of what should be a "no fear" decision to go ahead with your cataract surgery.

 

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