Trust our Experienced Doctors with Your Cataract Treatment
What Is a Cataract?
A cataract is a condition wherein the natural lens in your eye becomes cloudy or yellowed and hardened, resulting in diminished or distorted vision. Usually, cataracts come about as you age, but the onset may be earlier than you think. Thus, it is important to receive regular eye exams and be aware of the symptoms of cataracts so that you can enjoy a better quality of life and no slow, long-term diminishment of your vision.
What Are Cataract Symptoms?
Common cataract symptoms include:
- Blurry vision
- Nighttime glare
- Double vision
- Needing extra light to read
- Seeing bright colors as dull or yellow
What Are Cataract Treatment Options?
With the onset of cataracts, you may be able to improve symptoms with a different eyeglass prescription, better lighting, or using magnification devices. However, if your symptoms continue to progress the only effective treatment is surgery. During cataract surgery the cloudy lens is removed and is replaced with a clear artificial lens.
Standard cataract surgery is performed using a scalpel and the artificial lens is a mono-vision lens that only provides clear focus at a single distance (i.e. either near, intermediate, or far). Prescription eyeglasses will be needed for clear vision at the other distances.
Premium cataract surgery is performed using a laser and provides options for the implantation of a lens that can correct for astigmatism or allow for multi-focal vision thus reducing or eliminating the need for prescription glasses.
An uncomplicated surgery can take as little as 10 minutes and can even be performed while you are awake.
Cataract Surgery Recovery
Immediately following surgery, you will wear a protective patch over your eye for a few hours and may continue to be worn for a few days, especially when you sleep to help guard against rubbing. You will typically see your surgeon for a follow-up appointment the day after surgery or in some instances the same day to ensure there are no complications. Your doctor may prescribe eye drops to protect against infection or lessen inflammation.
Vision in the surgical eye may initially be blurry as your eye adjusts to the new lens, although many patients see visual improvement the same day. Some discomfort is normal but is usually resolved within a couple of days. Normally within eight weeks the eye is completely healed. Once your eye is healed, your doctor will examine you to determine visual acuity with the new lens in place and provide you a new eyeglass prescription if needed.
What Does Cataract Surgery Cost?
The cost of standard cataract surgery depends on many factors primarily related to your healthcare coverage, its deductibles, and co-pay requirements. The good news is since cataract surgery is the most performed surgery in the country, Medicare and major health insurance plans cover it. So it might be more affordable than you think.
Premium cataract surgery options are available at an upgraded price over standard cataract surgery. These options can reduce or eliminate your dependence on glasses after surgery. You and your doctor can decide which premium option is best for you. To learn more, visit our premium cataract surgery page.
Cataract Surgeons You Can Trust
If you or a loved-one are experiencing cataract symptoms, trust the surgeons at the Dean McGee Eye Institute to restore your vision. Schedule a consultation for cataract surgery in Oklahoma City or one of our other convenient offices. Don’t let poor vision dim your quality of life.
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