Does my insurance cover my cataract surgery?
Cataract surgery is viewed as a medical necessity so most medical insurances will cover your cataract surgery. However, medical insurances will only cover the standard procedure which includes a traditional surgery and a standard lens. However, with today’s advanced technologies there are multiple elective upgrades that will enhance your vision.
How do I know if I have a cataract?
Our doctors will determine if you have a cataract however some of the symptoms would be:
- Foggy Vision
- Blurred Vision
- Difficulty night driving due to the glare
- “Starburst” vision at night
What’s the difference between Traditional and Laser Assisted Cataract surgery?
Traditional: Traditional cataract surgery is performed by hand. Using a blade, the surgeon creates an incision in the cornea to allow access to the cataract. Using a hook shaped tool, he also creates an opening in the capsular bag that holds the natural lens in place. Once the bag is opened, the surgeon breaks the cloudy lens apart using ultrasonic energy and then removes the pieces. Once the cataract is removed, he implants the new prescription lens in its place. The small incision in the cornea generally seals automatically and doesn’t require stitches.
Laser Assisted: With laser assisted surgery, the surgeon uses our advanced Catalys Laser to create precise incisions, including a circular opening in the lens capsule to access and remove the cataract. This premium technology allows for more precise lens placement, therefore achieving more accurate visual outcomes. In contrast to the traditional ultrasound method, the Catalys Laser emulsifies the natural lens in an instant, which is less abrasive to the eye. Laser assisted technology also allows our surgeons to precisely reduce astigmatism, further improving post-surgery vision.
What’s the healing process?
The healing process for cataract surgery is smooth and simple. We ask our patients to give themselves about 48 hours of healing. We also ask our patients to stay away from bending over and not lifting heavy items (25lbs or more) for 7 to 10 days.