At the time your appointment was made with our office, it was specified that you were being seen for a cataract evaluation. Not that long ago, it used to be that cataract treatment was a “One surgery fits all” scenario. Today however, there are a number of treatment options and lenses, which significantly alter the outcome for patients today. When you come for your appointment in the near future, it will be very likely, that you’ll be making treatment decisions, based on what is important to you and your lifestyle. This short video below is your surgeon speaking to options that may be available to you and what will be discussed further at your upcoming appointment:
Cataract Treatment Decisions
Treating cataracts – a surgeon will removes the lens of the eye that has become very clouded and replaces it with a new intraocular lens (IOL) during cataract surgery. Depending upon how you feel about wearing reading glasses and bifocals, there are options available that may be right for you:
- TRADITIONAL Basic Cataract Surgery includes a single focus lens for distance. This option is for patients who do not mind wearing glasses to fine-tune near or distance vision, and is the basic procedure covered by Medicare and most insurances.
- FEMTOSECOND LASER ASSISTED Cataract Surgery is many times used with any of the options below to provide optimal results. The Femto Laser is the surgeon’s tool which allows for astigmatism correction. This option allows the surgeon-guided laser to precisely create incisions and reduces the risk of infection. The Femto Laser is above and beyond what Medicare will cover for the surgery. Thus, this does require the patient to pay a cost difference in order to gain these benefits the Femto Laser provides. This will be explained in more detail at your upcoming appointment.
- Severe ASTIGMATIC Cataract Surgery includes correcting for maximum distance vision using a special Toric lens implant. This option provides less dependence on glasses for seeing things far away, but requires the patient to still use glasses for reading. The patient will pay an additional amount over the Traditional Cataract Surgery for these benefits. If applicable, this will be discussed further at your upcoming appointment.
- MULTIFOCAL Cataract Surgery includes a special premium lens that is able to accommodate for all distances of vision. This option is for patients with active lifestyles or want the freedom “To Not Wear” glasses. These lenses allow to you to see both up close and at a distance without the need of glasses. This type of surgery requires patients to pay an additional amount over what Medicare covers for the Traditional Cataract Surgery. If applicable, this will be discussed further at your upcoming appointment.