People don’t have to live with vision loss because of cataracts. Through technological advances, cataract surgery today is faster, more effective and more comfortable for the patient. Cataract surgery is the most frequently performed surgery in the United States. More than 20 million Americans over the age of 40 have cataracts, and more than two million people have cataract surgery each year in the United States. Over 95 percent of cataract surgeries performed without complications and result in a significant improvement in vision.
What is a Cataract?
A cataract is a clouding of the normally clear lens of the eye. This clouding of the lens causes the light to scatter and prevents some light from reaching the retina which then causes blurred vision. This condition usually occurs slowly over time; however, it can also happen quickly.
Cataracts are not painful, but you may notice these symptoms:
- Details are difficult to see
- Cloudy, fuzzy or blurry vision
- Double vision
- Changes in the color of the pupil
- Poor night vision
- Sensitivity to light and glare, especially while driving at night
- Frequent changes in your glasses prescription
- Dull colors
- Inability to perform activities such as reading or driving due to poor vision.
When should you see your doctor?
If you experience any of the above mentioned symptoms please make an appointment with your doctor as soon as possible. Early diagnosis is the best method of management. Regular office visits assist your doctor in determining if cataracts are affecting your ability to see. However, if your vision suddenly becomes worse, see your doctor promptly.
When should you schedule surgery?
If cataracts limit your activities, such as reading, driving or watching television, speak with your doctor about scheduling surgery. Changing your glasses prescription will not improve your vision. Surgically removing the cataract and inserting a clear artificial lens is the only treatment for restoring clear vision.
Does My Insurance Pay for the Procedure?
Cataracts are considered a medical condition. For this reason, most health insurances, including Medicare and Medicaid, will cover their portion of the surgery for the doctor as well as the facility. Specific plans have limitations, such as copayments, deductibles or percentage payments.
How many people get cataracts?
Nearly half of all people will have a cataract by the time they are 65 years of age. In addition to aging , other causes of cataracts include:
- A family history of cataracts
- Medical problem, such as diabetes
- Injury to the eye
- Medications, such as steroids
- High salt intake
- Long-term unprotected exposure to sunlight
The multifocal implant is designed for people with generally healthy eyes who want good vision near, far and in between without depending on glasses in most situations.
Single Vision Implant
The most commonly used implant. When a patient has a single vision implant they will depend on correction to see things up close.
The toric implant is designed to reduce the amount of astigmatism in their final prescription.