What is a cataract?
A cataract is a clouding of the lens of the eye, which is normally clear and transparent. When a cataract develops, the lens becomes foggy like a frosted window. There are many misconceptions about cataracts. They are not tumors, or a new growth of skin or tissue over the eye. They don't spread from eye to eye, and they're not caused by using your eyes too much. In fact, no one knows what causes cataracts, or how to prevent them. They usually develop gradually over a period of years, and are considered a normal part of the aging process. Most of us, if we live long enough, will develop cataracts.
When should my cataracts be removed?
This is something you and your doctor should decide together. Usually, cataracts are removed when they have progressed to the point where they interfere with your normal, daily activities.
How can I tell if I have a Cataract?
Some of the more common symptoms include blurred or fuzzy vision, double vision,problems driving at night, sensitivity to light and glare, and the feeling of a 'film' over your eye. However, cataracts can be diagnosed only by an ophthalmologist or an optometrist. Special instruments are needed to look into the eye. The examination is painless.
What causes cataracts?
Cataracts occur when there is a change in the chemical composition of the lens. The exact cause can't always be determined, but normal aging of the eye is the most common factor related to the development of cataracts.
How much does it cost?
The cost of cataract surgery is covered by Medicare and other insurance plans. Eye Consultants' surgeons are participating physicians in the Medicare reimbursement program. Our office staff is well-trained in Medicare reimbursement regulations and will fill out your paperwork so you will receive the maximum reimbursement possible.
Are there lenses that will correct both my near and far vision?
Yes, there are now multi-focal lenses available which allow patients to improve their near, intermediate, and distance vision. In 2006, Medicare revised their guidelines to allow patients to choose these premium lenses and only pay an upcharge for the lens and added services. Our surgeons implant the Acrysof RestorTM lenses.
To help us better meet your expectations, please print, complete, and bring the "Vision & Expectation Questionnaire" to your appointment. Your surgeon will discuss these revolutionary lens implant options with you during your evaluation. And at that time, your surgeon can help you determine if one of these lenses is best for your lifestyle.
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