Frequently Asked Questions About Cataracts
What is a cataract?
As we age, a cloudiness develops on the eye’s lens, causing the vision to blur. Cataracts may also be associated with diabetes or, in rarer cases, eye injury.
How fast do cataracts progress?
Unfortunately, it’s not possible to precisely predict how cataracts will progress. Typically, those due to aging progress more slowly, but those associated with diabetes can progress rapidly over a few months.
How are cataracts treated?
As cataracts progress, contacts and glasses are unable to fully compensate for the problem, and cataract surgery is necessary to replace the natural lens of the eye and restore your vision.
How much does cataract surgery cost
Cataract surgery is covered under Medicare and most insurances. We also offer excellent financing options, such as 0% financing for up to 24 months with no money down and payments as low as $99/month (subject to credit approval).
How is vision loss from cataracts evaluated?
A comprehensive refractive eye exam is necessary to measure vision loss from cataracts. A simple visual acuity test (eye chart) is not sufficient.
Are cataracts an inevitable part of aging?
Yes. As we age, the lenses of our eyes grow thicker and become cloudy, forming cataracts that must be treated with cataract surgery.
Can I prevent cataracts?
Modern medicine is not yet able to reverse the development of cataracts or prevent them from forming. Once cataracts are present, the only way to regain clear vision is to undergo cataract surgery.
What symptoms are associated with cataracts?
Cataracts often go unnoticed until a doctor discovers them during an exam. Symptoms include blurry vision with dim or faded colors and sensitivity to bright light. You may also notice glare, halos, and poor night-vision.
What is involved in the cataract procedure?
Most cataract surgeries use a process called phacoemulsification, which allows your surgeon to remove the cataract through a microscopic incision. This removes the need for stitches or patches after the procedures.
Are there any needles or blades involved in laser cataract surgery?
No. We offer the first FDA-approved laser cataract technology, the LenSx Cataract Laser. This laser improves precision, predictability of outcomes, and personalization of the procedure.
What results can I expect from my cataract surgery?
After the vast majority of cataract surgeries, vision is substantially improved. With the right lens, this can include clearer images, bright colors, and more. In most cases, patients are able to return to work the day after surgery.
What are the risks with cataract surgery?