At Diagnostic Eye Center, we want you to have all of your questions answered before proceeding with any type of surgery. Below are the most common Cataract Surgery questions we encounter. If your question is not listed, please feel free to call our office, or ask your doctor during your evaluation.
- What are Cataracts and how are they treated?
- What are Premium Intraocular Lenses?
- Can Astigmatism be corrected?
- Does insurance cover premium lenses?
- Why should I choose Diagnostic Eye Center for my cataract surgery?
A cataract is an opacity or clouding of the natural lens of the eye. It causes a decrease in vision, but early symptoms may be a change in your eyeglass prescription, glare on sunny days, halos, or even double vision. Cataracts develop normally as we age, but occasionally cataracts occur in younger individuals in association with diabetes, trauma, certain medications, or other reasons.
While cataracts cannot be prevented, they can be treated surgically, with treatment options available here at the Diagnostic Eye Center. Cataract surgery is one of the most common procedures performed today and takes only a few minutes. It is done one eye at a time, usually with one to two weeks in between the procedures. It is done on an outpatient basis, and most patients return to a desk job the very next day. After surgery, many patients find that their vision is better than before they developed cataracts.
Premium intraocular lenses are designed to give greater freedom from glasses than standard lenses. Standard IOL implants are designed to correct both eyes for distance, but they do not correct significant amounts of astigmatism or provide clear near vision. Premium IOLs can reduce your need for reading glasses after cataract surgery. Choosing which implant is right for you depends on the unique characteristics of your eye, as well as your lifestyle needs. Your surgeon and his team will discuss your options with you and help you determine which lens is best suited for your eyes.
Astigmatism is a condition where the cornea is more curved in one direction than the other. An analogy commonly used is that the cornea is shaped more like a football instead of a basketball. Astigmatism affects vision at all distances and is not corrected with traditional cataract surgery. Fortunately, we have two methods of correcting astigmatism. One method is by making an incision on the cornea, called a Limbal Relaxing Incision (LRI), which has the effect of making the cornea more spherical. This can now be done using either the LenSx® Laser or the Catalys® Laser for more accurate and precise results. A different technique is the insertion of a toric intraocular lens implant to correct the astigmatism. This is done when the amount of astigmatism is too large to be corrected by an LRI. Dr. Sanders and Dr. Salem perform both of these procedures and will discuss which is best for you at your consultation at Diagnostic Eye Center.
Medicare and private insurance companies consider premium lenses as elective procedures to reduce the need for glasses and, therefore, do not cover these lenses. The cost of cataract surgery is typically covered, but any costs related to premium lenses or any other non-covered procedures are the patient’s responsibility. Our Houston cataract counselors will go over all expected costs at the time of your consultation.
Dr. Sanders has been performing cataract surgery since 1990 and has performed thousands of procedures. In fact, he teaches cataract surgery to ophthalmology residents at Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Sanders and Dr. Salem are at the forefront of technology and are proud to offer laser cataract surgery using either the LenSx® Laser or the Catalys® Precision Laser System. If you are experiencing cataracts near Houston, Texas, come to Diagnostic Eye Center! Dr. Sanders and Dr. Salem and their experienced staff will make sure that all your questions are answered and that your cataract surgery will be a rewarding and life-changing experience!