How to Decide on Cataract Surgery

When you need cataract surgery, finding a good eye surgeon becomes a critical decision. It could mean the difference between a so-so surgery and an overall great result. 

If you want to go eyeglass free once you get out of surgery, you need to find an experienced surgeon, someone who has used premium intraocular lenses before. Going eyeglass free means you will need intraocular lenses (IOLs) placed in your eyes, and this requires a certain level of expertise to obtain the best outcome. 

What are IOLs?

IOLs offer visual acuity for distance vision, but can also be for close vision needs.  You can reduce the need for reading glasses when you select monovisual cataract surgery with conventional monofocal IOLs. But be aware this means only one of your eyes will be able to see clearly off into the distance. 

Why Go Eyeglass Free?

Most people who get cataract surgery want to be less dependent on eyeglasses After the surgery. This has led to  the implantation of IOL lenses which correct vision.

These are actually called presbyopia-correction lenses and they Need to be placed in the eye by a specialized eye surgeon.

 Most Private health insurance policies cover the cost of this standard cataract surgery with conventional monofocal IOLs. However, if your situation is special and you need presbyopia correcting multifocal IOLs, you will have to pay a higher price for the surgery.

When searching for a cataract specialist, look for a physician who has adopted these new technologies and is comfortable using these more advanced lenses in cataract surgery.

Standard Procedures

Cataract surgery is a very common practice today, so you probably have neighbors, relatives or friends who have already had the  procedure done. When you find yourself in need of this type of surgery, first ask your friends families and neighbors for a cataract surgeon referral.

Once you have a referral or two, you can call the doctor’s office  to make an initial appointment and meet the surgeon and staff. While talking to the administrative team, you want to ask yourself these questions :

Was the staff friendly and courteous?

 Did the administrative staff explain the costs clearly?

Did the surgeon explain the surgical process and go over complications that could occur?

Did the staff explain all the types of lenses available to you?

Were higher cost IOL’s talked about? 

Did the surgeon and staff talk about outcome success?

Did the staff talk about follow-up care?

As you review different options answer these questions as they will help you  determine the value of a particular surgeon’s services for your imminent cataract surgery.

Keep In Mind The Following

When you make that first appointment with a cataract surgeon, know that you are not committed to using the clinic at this point. Ask the surgeon and the staff enough questions to make you feel comfortable. This will help you determine what surgeon you feel is best qualified to complete the surgical process. Be sure to check out the clinic where the surgeon will perform the surgery as well. Although rare, bacterial infections have been known to cause issues with cataract surgery patients.

The questions you should ask a surgeon on a first-time visit include:

How many  cataract surgeries have you performed?

 Has the surgical clinic ever had eye infection issues?

How are patient care tasks after surgery performed? 

Is the Aftercare taken care of by the surgeon or  another opthamologist or optometrist?

Either the Cataract surgeon or a member of his eye clinic staff should give you information on a pamphlet or flyer describing the procedure, the potential complications and what you need to do to prepare for this surgery. 

Premium Lenses

When you  want to discuss premium IOLs to can correct your presbyopia and reduce your need for reading glasses or long distance glasses, be sure to ask surgeon whether he uses this type of lens.

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