Cataract Surgery – Frequently Asked Questions
Below are some frequently asked questions from people considering cataract surgery. If you have other questions not included here, please call us toll free at 800-824-2688. We’re happy to answer your questions!
What causes cataracts?
As part of the normal aging process, the lens of the eye starts to harden and becomes less clear. As a result, the lens becomes less able to focus light properly causing increasingly dull, cloudy or blurry vision. Other contributing factors to the onset of cataracts are diseases like Diabetes, trauma, medications and sun exposure.
How do I know if / when I need cataract surgery?
You and your doctor will determine together the appropriate treatment course for your cataracts before your vision becomes dramatically impaired. Having cataracts isn’t considered an emergency, so you can take some time to determine when surgery works for you.
How do I know which lens implant I need?
In addition to Standard Intraocular Lens Implants, we offer several types of Custom Intraocular Lens Implants that can help improve distance vision, reading vision, and everything in between. You and your surgeon will discuss your goals and lifestyle preferences and you will have some testing to determine the specific measurements of your eyes. With this information, your surgeon can tell you which lenses you are a candidate for and help you choose the implant that will work best for you.
Is cataract surgery covered by insurance?
Medicare covers the basic level of cataract surgery with a Standard Intraocular Lens Implants. Medicare does not consider Custom Intraocular Lens Implants to be medically necessary, so you will be responsible for the portion Medicare doesn’t cover.
What can I expect during the surgery?
Your outpatient procedure will be performed in our surgery center that is devoted exclusively to surgical treatment of the eye. Your eye will be dilated and numbed and a small incision will be made. Your surgeon will then insert an instrument that uses ultrasound to break up and remove the cataract. Afterwards the new intraocular lens you discussed with your surgeon is placed into your eye. The surgery is typically not painful, though we do have anesthesia providers on our team to ease your comfort during the procedure.
Are there possible risks with cataract surgery?
Cataract surgery is a very common procedure and complications are rare. If a complication is encountered during surgery, your surgeon may perform additional measures to correct the issue and/or you may need to return for treatment of the complication. You will have several post-operative visits to monitor your progress after surgery to help ensure any possible complications are addressed.
Can the cataract return after surgery?
No, a cataract cannot return once it is removed with surgery. Your eye can, however, develop posterior capsular opacity in time, which means the membranes behind the implant have become hazy. This can quickly be remedied with a laser capsulotomy procedure to clear up your vision.
What can I expect during the recovery process?
You will be given drops to prevent infection and aid in the healing process after surgery. Your vision will be impaired during the healing process and you may experience the sensation of something being in your eye or some slight burning. This, along with any redness, is normal and will subside as the eye begins to mend.