What You Should Know

Cataract Diagnosis Long IslandAbout half of Americans over the age of 65 develop cataracts. Cataracts refer to a clouding of the crystalline lens of the eye, caused by proteins that become clumped, obstructing vision. Early symptoms include blurred vision, glare, compromised night vision, double vision, and diminished color perception. These symptoms are mild at first but become worse over time. Some lifestyle changes and other conservative measures can temporarily help patients see adequately in spite of cataracts, but surgery is the only permanent solution. SightMD is a renowned provider of cataract surgery, using the latest, most advanced technology to ensure exceptional safety and results. We believe patient education is a very important part of treatment, and we will take all the time needed to help you understand what you should know about cataract surgery. Like any surgical procedure, cataract surgery comes with risks, though they are low. Cataract surgery is one of the safest medical procedures you can undergo!

Cataract Diagnosis

If you begin experiencing cataract symptoms, schedule an eye examination as soon as possible. As with all vision exams, you will first take a visual acuity test by reading an eye chart. Your eyes will be dilated and assessed for pupillary response, as well as intraocular pressure and movement. The doctor will thoroughly examine your eyes using a slit-lamp, which provides a view of the inner eye. Using these techniques, your doctor can diagnose cataracts and any other conditions that may be affecting your vision.

Cataract Surgery

Cataract surgery involves replacing the clouded natural lens of the eye with a synthetic intraocular lens (IOL). We use the advanced Catalys® Precision Laser to create incisions in the cornea and fragment the clouded lens in preparation for removal. Ultrasound is used to further fragment the lens before it is carefully suctioned out through the incisions. Finally, the IOL is inserted, replacing the natural lens. Before cataract surgery, it is important to discuss your IOL options with your doctor at SightMD. What IOL you choose should depend on your lifestyle, as well as your goals after cataract surgery.

Are you looking to achieve visual freedom after cataract surgery? Do you have the budget to choose a premium IOL that will reduce your need for glasses? These are some of the questions you should be asking yourself before undergoing cataract surgery at SightMD.

Secondary Cataract

About 20 percent of cataract surgery patients develop a secondary cataract, or posterior capsular opacification (PCO). The lens of the eye lies inside a tissue capsule. Following cataract surgery, some cells from the natural lens can remain in the capsule, developing into a film that can cause blurry vision. Secondary cataract surgery involves using a special laser to create a small hole in the capsule, allowing light to once again focus properly onto the retina.

Like cataract surgery, secondary cataract surgery is an incredibly easy procedure to undergo. During secondary cataract surgery, you won’t feel any pain thanks to numbing eye drops. After the procedure, you’ll experience clearer vision and freedom from cataracts.

Cataract Surgery Cost

Our team will help you arrange financing for your surgery. We offer CareCredit®, with zero-percent interest for qualified applicants. In addition, we work with flex spending accounts and accept cash, personal checks, and credit cards. Modern cataract surgery is often covered by medical insurance.

This does depend on the kind of intraocular lens that you choose. If you choose a premium lens option, this is not something that medical insurance will usually cover.

If you choose a standard IOL, like the monofocal lens, this is the only IOL that Medicare will cover. With a monofocal lens, you’ll continue needing reading glasses after cataract surgery to complete tasks up-close.

Wondering if you may need cataract surgery? Schedule a cataract screening at one of our 30 convenient locations in Suffolk County, Westchester, Queens, Manhattan, and Nassau County!

Cataract surgery is the only way to effectively treat cataracts and get your vision back, so contact us today!

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