Cataract Surgery

Questions To Ask an Ophthalmologist Prior to Getting Cataract Surgery

  • What are the specific details of cataract surgery?
  • How invasive is cataract surgery?
  • Which implant will give me the best results?
  • What is the general health of my eyes?
  • Will I be dependent on eyeglasses after my surgery?
  • When is the best time to get the surgery done?
  • What are my risks and benefits to getting cataract surgery?
  • Will insurance cover cataract surgery?
  • What is the cost for cataract surgery?
  • What results does the ophthalmologist expect you to have?
  • How long is the recovery from cataract surgery?

Cataract surgery is one of the most commonly performed operations, and today you have more options than ever before in choosing which lens implant is right for you.

Surgery is the most effective treatment for cataracts. More than 95 percent of the people who have cataract removal end up with better vision.

Using microsurgery and local anesthesia, an eye surgeon (ophthalmologist) removes the cataract, leaving much of your eye’s natural lens capsule in place. The capsule helps support the clear artificial lens that the surgeon inserts to replace the cloudy lens. The procedure is usually done on an outpatient basis and takes less than 1 hour. If both eyes are affected, surgery is usually performed on one eye at a time, allowing the first eye to heal before surgery is done on the second one.

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