The Medical Eye Center Difference.

At Medical Eye Center, our top priority is providing exceptional eye care to every patient who comes through our doors. As one of our specialties, cataract surgery is something we are passionate about; we know the impact of this life-changing procedure. Cataracts are the second leading cause of visual impairment worldwide, and cataract surgery is the most commonly performed surgery in the United States (Source).

Choosing Medical Eye Center provides you access to proficient and compassionate eye care services. Our facility boasts highly skilled and experienced professionals who are equipped to meet all your vision needs.

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Our compassionate and expertly trained surgeons have performed over 17,000 cataract procedures, placing them among the most experienced cataract providers in the nation. The breadth of experience has created providers who believe in holistic care and the overall outcomes for their patients. In addition, they are well-versed in curating personalized and personable care plans and following through after each surgery.

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What are cataracts?

Cataracts develop as part of the normal aging process, and affect different people in different ways.

Cataracts occur when the lens of the eye turns cloudy. As a result, the light entering the eye is scattered and causes increasingly blurred vision. Cataracts can also develop due to contributing factors such as:

  • Other eye diseases
  • Systemic diseases including diabetes
  • Medications
  • Hereditary factors
  • Ultraviolet light

How can I tell if I’m developing cataracts?

Cataracts present themselves through a variety of symptoms. If you’re curious whether or not you may be developing cataracts, ask yourself the following questions: 

  • Do halos around oncoming headlights bother you while driving at night?
  • Is reading a strain because the text looks blurry?
  • Are you using brighter lights for indoor activities?
  • Do colors look increasingly dull or yellow?
  • Is it becoming harder to recognize familiar faces?
  • Are you experiencing double vision, even with one eye closed? 
  • Are you frequently needing to change your glasses or contact lens prescription? 

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you may be beginning to develop cataracts. 

Luckily, modern cataract surgery is a safe, quick, relatively painless outpatient procedure, and is one of the most common medical procedures among persons 65 and older.

What is cataract surgery?

During cataract surgery, the cloudy lens in your eye is replaced by an artificial lens (known as an intraocular lens implant).

What happens during the procedure?

During the procedure, your eye will be dilated and numbed, and a small incision will be made. Using a technique called phacoemulsification, your surgeon will then insert an instrument that uses ultrasound to break up and remove your cataract. Afterwards, the new intraocular lens will be placed into your eye. 

Conscious sedation will be used during the procedure, and our Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNA’s) will be with you the entire time to monitor your vital functions and modify your anesthesia to help ensure your maximum safety and comfort.

How long does cataract surgery last?

The average cataract procedure lasts between 10-15 minutes. The entire experience, from initial preparation to recovery time, lasts around 1-2 hours.

What is the recovery process like?

The recovery process for cataract surgery is typically quick and painless. You won’t need to wear an eye patch, and you’ll be given drops to apply to your eye to aid in the healing process. The degree to which you will need glasses after surgery will depend on several factors, including the type of lens implant you choose.

Cataract Surgery Costs and Payment Options

The cost of standard cataract surgery is typically either partially or fully covered by private insurance or Medicare.

If you choose standard cataract surgery with a single focus IOL, it’s possible to have the procedure with no out-of-pocket expenses (other than the deductibles and co-payments required by your insurance policy).

However, neither Medicare nor private insurers consider custom cataract surgery medically necessary, so each patient will be responsible for the portion that their insurance does not cover.

Additional Costs:

Apart from the surgery itself, there may be additional costs related to the surgery. Following the surgery, you will need post-operative drops to aid in the healing process, which may be partially covered by insurance, and eyeglasses and sunglasses updates that work in tandem with your new IOL, which will not likely be covered by insurance.

Talk with your insurance company to see if your insurance covers or partially covers these items. If not, you will need to pay for them out of pocket.

Payment Options

When talking with your insurance provider, be sure to clarify what your policy’s co-payments and deductibles are, as these can affect the cost of your surgery.

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At Medical Eye Center, our goal is to make the most advanced procedures affordable for any budget. If insurance doesn’t cover all the costs of your intraocular lens implants, the CareCredit® card offers convenient payment options so you can get the procedure you want, when you want it.

CareCredit® Benefits: 

  • Low monthly payment plans
  • No money down
  • No penalty for early pay off
  • No annual fees
  • No application fee
  • The application process is fast and confidential

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If you’d like to learn more about IOLs, visit the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s webpage on Intraocular Lens Implants.

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If you have any further questions about cataracts, or the cataracts procedure at Medical Eye Center, please feel free to give us a call at 541-734-4816.


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.

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.