Five Critical Facts About Cataract Surgery

Cataract Surgery

Cataract, or clouding of lenses causing blurring of vision, is a common issue among aging individuals. Luckily, today it is more treatable than ever.

David A. Kingrey, M.D. picture - LocateADoc“Cataract surgery today is a safe, effective way to improve your vision," Newton, KS ophthalmologist David A. Kingrey, M.D said. "Over 3 million Americans a year have cataract surgery, the most common surgery performed in the U.S.”

If you are concerned you have cataracts, it is imperative to see a physician as soon as possible to address this issue with a professional. However, if you are just contemplating cataract surgery, this is a great place to start your research regarding cataract surgery. The following are five things you must know about cataract surgery before getting the procedure.

5 Cataract Surgery Facts

  1. There are Different Grades of Implants 

    A lot of people don’t know this going into surgery, but there are different implants to choose from. With today’s technology there are even lens implants which can help correct your vision, so that you may no longer need eyeglasses. There are also lenses that correct astigmatisms and other issues.

  2. It Isn’t a Dangerous Procedure 

    Many patients still have the perception cataracts surgery comes with major risks. The fact of the matter is new technology makes this surgery a common and safe procedure for doctors around the world.

  3. Not Everyone with Cataracts Needs Surgery 

    Cataract surgery is not a necessary procedure for all patients with cataracts. Generally, if your cataract does not impact your daily life in any major way, you probably do not need to go through the procedure.

  4. Cataract Surgery Does Not Always Improve Vision 

    If you have other issues with your eye health, it is possible cataract surgery will not completely correct your vision. Consult with a doctor to discuss if other eye issues may impact your results.

  5. Insurance Does Not Cover All Aspects of Cataract Surgery 

    It is important to pay attention to what you’ll be charged for when it comes to your cataract surgery. For example, most insurance companies do not cover premium lenses. Keep track of the bill carefully to avoid any unexpected charges.

If you are considering going through with cataract surgery take the time to discuss the procedure in detail with your doctor.

To find more information on cataract surgery, find a doctor in your area and get a consultation with an ophthalmologist to learn more or ask a doctor your questions.

Further Reading

  • An innovative new laser that may effectively remove cataracts was presented at the American Academy of Opthalmology (AAO) annual meeting in October 2009. The laser is currently undergoing clinical trials, and if it makes it to market, will be the first commercialized technology available for treating cataracts.