What is a Cataract?
Loss of eye sight from cataracts is usually
With the formation of a cataract, activities like
reading, bowling, or driving can be difficult. Fortunately,
vision can be restored quickly, allowing the patient to return
home within a few hours. With new advances in cataract surgery,
vision improvement begins almost immediately.
|A Cataract is the clouding of the lens of the
eye. Normally, light passes through the
clear lens and is focused onto the Retina. However, the natural
aging process can cause the lens to become cloudy. The Cataract
or cloudy lens blocks the passage of light through the eye and
causes distorted or blurred vision, glare, or difficulty seeing
in poor lighting conditions.
Cataract surgery is the most
common operation in the world. In the United States, millions
procedures are performed annually. There are many millions of
cases of early cataracts among Americans aged 40 and older, and
50 percent of people older than 65 have developed significant
Cataract and Intra-ocular lens (IOL) Consultation
consultation is an information session where we will
discuss your vision issues and goals, your refractive
options and what you can expect from surgery. We will
review your contact lens and/or eyeglass history and run
tests as needed to determine the uniformity of your
cornea and recommend the best procedure for you. Your
consultation may be covered by insurance.
This 2-2½ hour
dilated consultation typically includes a complete review of
overall eye and systemic health plus an assessment of other eye
conditions and an evaluation of the retina.
The Cataract Procedure
Cataract surgery is performed on an out-patient basis. You
will not need to be hospitalized for your doctor
to perform your surgery. The procedure normally takes less than
30 minutes and you can return home shortly after your procedure.
Most people will enjoy improved vision by the day after surgery
or within a few days following the procedure.
will first administer a light sedative which will relax your
nerves and keep you comfortable during the procedure. Anesthetic
eye drops will be used to completely numb the eye. Your doctor will either use the latest technology LenSx bladeless laser assisted surgery or traditional cataract surgery to remove the cataract. The entire
procedure is typically performed through an incision that is
smaller than 1/8 of an inch and does not require stitches to
Once the cataract is removed, an intra-ocular lens
(IOL) is placed where the cataract lens was removed, to restore
your sight. Most patients will not have significant discomfort and can return to their normal daily routines, including reading, driving and walking.
What should I expect
about my Cataract
Before deciding to have Cataract surgery, you
will need an initial examination to make sure your eyes are
suitable for surgery. Your doctor will take a complete history
about your medical and eye health and perform a thorough
examination of both eyes. The best lens implant available to
accommodate each patient's individual situation. We will be
certain that you receive professional and thorough education
regarding lens implant options.
Cataract Surgery Financing
Cataract surgery and
standard (monofocal) intraocular lenses (IOL) is covered by Medicare
and most health insurance plans, as this procedure is considered
medically necessary. Upgrading cataract surgery to the Intra-ocular lens (IOL) to
correct presbyopia or astigmatism, however, is only partially covered by
Medicare or other insurance for the cataract portion of fees, as these
IOLs are considered to be an up-grade and not a medical necessity.
The cost of surgery changes over time just as most products and
services. Our surgery team will be happy to review all pricing and
financing with you during your surgery consultation.
When diagnosed as needed due to its progressive
stage, the surgery for cataracts and the placement of a
Monofocal IOL is usually covered on approval by insurance (less
deductibles and co-pays). If you choose to upgrade from a Monofocal IOL
to a Multifocal, Accommodating, or Toric IOL, you will pay out-of-pocket
for the cost of the intraocular lenses (IOL) and the additional testing and
follow-up care needed.