Are you considering whether to have cataract surgery? Wondering if it’s worth it? The answer is a plain and simple yes.
Cataract surgery will truly change your life. If your vision is blurry, distorted, or cloudy, it will fix that.
In fact, cataract surgery can restore your vision to 20/20 or better. Imagine going from blurred vision to seeing clearly again! That’s the effect of cataract surgery.
Keep reading to learn more about cataract surgery!
Should You Choose a Standard or Premium IOL?
Cataracts cause the lens of your eye to become cloudy. Cataract surgery involves removing the clouded lens of your eye and replacing it with an intraocular lens.
This is also called an IOL. An IOL is an artificial lens. There are many types of IOLs you can choose from, depending on your lifestyle and needs.
Standard IOL: Monofocal Lens
A standard IOL is a monofocal lens. This only allows you to see one distance.
It’s also the least expensive option and insurance is most likely to cover it. You’ll need to wear glasses after cataract surgery to compensate for seeing at other distances.
There are several kinds of premium IOLs available. With a premium IOL, you can see at all distances: near, far, and intermediate distances.
The best part is you won’t need glasses to see after cataract surgery. If you can afford them, premium IOLs are a great choice, but your insurance is not likely to cover them.
The Advantages of Laser Cataract Surgery
Laser cataract surgery is a more advanced method of cataract surgery. Using laser technology instead of ultrasound, your ophthalmologist will map out your eye.
This map will provide instructions on where to make the incisions. The cataract is then removed through these incisions.
Laser cataract surgery can also be used to correct astigmatism. This is in addition to the cataract removal. These procedures can be completed at the same time, eliminating the need to undergo two separate surgeries.
Laser cataract surgery is more expensive than traditional cataract surgery. Not all vision plans will cover laser cataract surgery. Make sure to check with your vision insurance plan before undergoing laser cataract surgery.
Cataract Surgery Recovery
The recovery process for cataract surgery is quite short. You can expect some sensitivity to light and soreness in the first few days after surgery.
Your doctor will provide you with wrap-around sunglasses to help with light sensitivity. They will also give you prescription eye drops to help with the pain and to prevent any inflammation or infection.
You can expect to be fully recovered about four to eight weeks after having cataract surgery. How long it takes you to recover depends, as each patient is different.
If it feels like your eyes are not healing or you are in pain, let your eye doctor know. These could be signs of a complication or an infection.
Wondering if you could have cataracts or if it’s time to have cataract surgery? Schedule a cataract screening at Georgia Eye Associates in Atlanta, GA!
The sooner you know, the sooner you can get on the path to clearer and more beautiful vision!