What is a Cataract?
A cataract is a clouding of the natural lens inside your eye. This lens, located behind the iris, works just like the lens of a camera, focusing light images on the retina, which sends images to the brain. The human lens can become so clouded by cataracts that it keeps light and images from reaching the retina.
A cataract can be the reason sharp images are blurred, bright colors are dull, or seeing at night is more difficult. It may also be why the reading glasses or bifocals no longer seem to help. Vision with cataracts has been described as seeing life through old, cloudy film, but a cataract is not a “film” over the eyes. It cannot be prevented and diet will not make it go away. Eye injury, certain diseases, or even some medications can cause the clouding.
Is Cataract Surgery Effective?
Yes! Many patients report vision that is even better than before they developed cataracts. Modern cataract surgery is considered one of the most effective medical procedures used today.
Is Cataract Surgery Safe?
Cataract surgery is one of the most commonly performed surgical procedures and is known to have very high success rates. More than 95 percent of the 3 million cataract surgeries performed in a year were done so without complications.
How Long Does Cataract Surgery Take?
The procedure itself usually lasts about 15 minutes.
Will Cataract Surgery give me 20/20 vision?
While there is no guarantee that cataract surgery will give you 20/20 vision, four out of five AcrySof® IQ PanOptix® Multifocal IOL recipients reported never wearing glasses after having the lens placed in both eyes.
How Long Does Recovery Take?
Most people notice a significant improvement in their vision and are back to most normal everyday activities within 24 - 48 hours following cataract surgery. Dr. Young and Dr. Eaton provide pre- and post-operative cataract surgery care to ensure you achieve your best possible visual results.
Does Insurance or Medicare Cover Cataract Surgery?
The cost of cataract surgery will vary depending on a number of factors, including your choice of replacement lens. At least a portion of the cost to implant traditional monofocal IOLs (which restore vision at one distance) is often covered by private insurance or Medicare. Advanced technology lenses, such as the AcrySof® IQ PanOptix® Trifocal IOL and AcrySof® Toric IOL, are typically not covered.
At Center for Total Eye Care, we also offer low monthly payment plans from CareCredit for your vision care needs. Contact our team about the best financing options for you.