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Common Questions About Cataract Surgery

When should I have cataract surgery?

It is possible to live with cataracts if they are not affecting your daily life. However, if your vision is preventing you from enjoying your hobbies, work and personal life, it may be time to consider cataract surgery.  

Dr. Matthew Chang explains more about this question in the video below:

Does cataract surgery hurt?

Cataract surgery is a virtually painless procedure performed in an outpatient surgical facility. You will receive anesthetic eye drops to numb your eye and you’ll be offered medication to help you relax. The actual surgery usually takes less than 15 minutes per eye.

Will I have cataract surgery on both eyes?

You may need to have cataract surgery on both eyes, but the surgeries will be scheduled on different days. It is possible to only need to have surgery on one eye. 

Dr. James Burden explains more about this question in the video below:

When can I return to most normal activities after cataract surgery?

Cataract surgery patients often have a short recovery time. Typically, you will be able to return to work and to most normal activities following your one-day post op visit. You will be provided with medications to prevent infection and decrease inflammation and a protective shield to cover your eye while sleeping. You will be given post operative instructions from your provider prior to and after your procedure.

Will I need to wear glasses after surgery?

If you choose monofocal lenses for your cataract surgery, chances are that you might need to wear reading glasses after surgery. This is because monofocal lenses only supply clear vision at a single distance. With our Lifestyle Lens options, you may be able to reduce your need for glasses after surgery. We can discuss these lens options in detail during your Cataract Evaluation.

Dr. James Burden explains more about this question in the video below:

Are Lifestyle Lenses covered by insurance?

Cataract surgery with monofocal lenses is typically covered by insurance and Medicare. If you choose to upgrade your vision with Lifestyle Lenses, there will be some added out-of-pocket expenses.

If you have more questions about cataract surgery, contact us today to schedule a Cataract Evaluation.

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