How do I know if I have a cataract?
The most important step is to visit your eye doctor so that he or she can evaluate your vision. This exam will generally include vision tests, an eye exam, and a review of your medical history to uncover any other vision problems you may have. If you are found to have cataracts, there are many surgical options to remove the clouded lenses and restore your vision that we specialize in here at Vance Thompson Vision.
What should I know before cataract surgery?
We can help you determine whether or not cataract surgery is right for you. Most cataract surgery can be delayed. However, if you are bothered enough by your vision we will walk you through all your options including traditional cataract surgery and refractive cataract surgery. If you want to be more glasses independent we will help you choose which IOL is best for you. Some eyes take longer than others to grow accustomed to multifocal lenses. The potential exists for problems with halos and glare (particularly at night). However, such problems have been limited and usually improve over time. Patients experiencing these difficulties still tend to experience better vision than they did prior to having the lens implanted. When considering cataract surgery, it is important to go to a center that offers several implant options and can discuss which options best match your lifestyle. At Vance Thompson Vision, we offer a full menu of lens implant options for distance vision and near vision functioning. Another important thing to consider is that centers ability to fine tune your vision after your surgery.
Does insurance cover implant lenses?
Most insurances cover a portion of traditional cataract surgery with a monofocal IOL.
Due to the sophisticated design of multifocal and accommodating lenses, they are usually not fully covered by your insurance and will often carry an additional fee.
The good news is that if you’d like to reduce your dependence on glasses following cataract surgery with refractive cataract surgery and a premium lens implant, insurance will still likely cover a portion of those fees, but there will be additional be some additional costs for the advanced diagnostics, specialized implant, and global after-care. All your options and any out of pocket fees will be discussed at your appointment.