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A cataract is simply a clouding of the eyes natural lens. (SEE CATARACT VIDEO «). Cataracts do not harm the eye and in most cases, there is no such thing as leaving cataracts in too long. Very, simply, cataracts need to be removed when they bother you. If your doctor tells you that your cataract MUST be removed and you are not having noticeable problems with your vision it may be wise to get a second opinion. USE THE FOLLOWING VIDEO
In cataract surgery, the cloudy lens is replaced with a synthetic clear lens implant. One reason that cataract surgery can make such a difference in your vision is the variety of lens implants that we have available. We have lens implants to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. We also have multifocal lenses which can give a patient clear distance and up close vision without glasses. (For more information about the lens implant options, see the “INFINITY PROGRAM”).
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Cataract surgery is a relatively simple and usually painless procedure («SEE CATARCT SURGERY VIDEO Below«), often taking less than 10 minutes.
What to Expect During & After the Procedure
Anesthetic and dilating drops will be placed in your eyes and you will be offered sedation if you are nervous.
You will be brought into the surgical suite, your eye will be prepped (cleaned with a Betadine solution) and a small instrument is used to hold your eye open.
You will be asked to look straight up into a very bright light.
A small (<1/4") incision is made.
Very small surgical instruments are used to open the capsule holding the eye's natural lens.
The lens is then removed using an instrument called a phacoemulsifier, which generates sound waves,is used to break the lens into tiny pieces. You will hear soft buzzing and some musical tones.
Once the lens has been removed, the new synthetic lens is folded, inserted into the capsule, and unfolded.
The entire surgery usually takes less than 10 minutes and is usually associated with minimal or no discomfort.
After your cataract surgery is completed, you will be given post-op medications and instructions.
What To Expect in the first 24 - 48 hours
You may notice
A mild foreign body sensation
Mild to moderate redness in your eye
Small hemorrhages over the white of the eye
Your first post-op visit will occur within a few hours of the surgery. Most patients are then seen 3 days, 10 days, and 4 months after surgery.
Regular cataract surgery is covered by most insurance plans. Many people after cataract surgery will see well without glasses without the need for any additional expense.
However, we do have “specialty implants” and programs that increase your chance of seeing well without glasses. These will require additional payments that are not covered by insurance. (SEE INFINITY PROGRAM)
CATARACT SURGERY: Usually covered by your insurance. Your only expense would be deductibles or copayments required by your individual policy.
CATARACT SURGERY: For uninsured patients
$3,600 – includes O.R. and surgeon costs