Cataract Surgery

Most people don’t actually notice their vision getting worse until it is really bad. With a cataract many people will note cloudy or blurry vision, experiencing it more acutely at night. Despite the fact that by the age of 70 most people will have a cataract in one or both their eyes to some degree, many will go without treatment.

Modern surgery for cataracts is one of the biggest health care success stories of the last century. The surgery used to be quite difficult and the recovery was lengthy, now most cataracts are treated in half an hour and people can return to work the same day. The results for many patients is staggering, a return to the vision they had in their youth and sometimes even better.

When considering surgery for cataracts, there are few items to consider:
  • What is the reputation of the ophthalmologist?
  • What form of treatment are you comfortable with and what types are available to you?
  • What is the cost going to be for you to receive the treatment?

The eye surgeon that will perform the treatment is called an ophthalmologist. There are generally many options for the treatment of your cataract. A good place to start your research into the physicians available and their reputation is online. Read many sources as some can be based on a single patient experience. It is also an excellent idea to speak with your optometrist about who they would recommend for the procedure. They would also be able to provide you details about complications and follow-up requirements of the various options available.

If you have a cataract or glaucoma, you may not know but there are numerous different ways to treat your condition. While glaucoma has few physical cures proper eye care following a physician's direction can solve much of the concerns. A cataract is a different matter and it can be easily resolved through many different means. Some of the more common are laser surgery, or a surgery for a cataract where they insert an intraocular lens. With the latter there are again many many different types of lenses, each with benefits to vision and recovery time. Ensure that you are comfortable with the procedure that is being proposed.

Most cataract surgeries are considered elective surgery until it begins to impact activities of daily living. This does not mean that you should wait until this point to look into receiving treatment for it. When you receive the surgery may impact the cost, however. Prior to signing up for a procedure with a doctor make sure you have spoken with your insurance provider. Some procedures do cost more and some will not be covered by all providers. Depending on your financial situation you should wait before crossing anything off your list as some are worth an additional cost if you can afford it. Discuss all of your options with an eye specialist before proceeding.

No matter what procedure you decide to go for, the end result is going to be an improved way of life and vision following surgery.

To summarize:
  • There are many different ways to treat a cataract. Make sure you have a good understanding of all of them.
  • An ophthalmologist is the type of eye doctor that provides surgery for a cataract.
  • Check with your insurance provider prior to agreeing to a treatment. They may cover some types of care but not others.
  • Other eye conditions can also be treated with a lasik procedure.