Whether or not you have ever been diagnosed with cataracts we do know that most people get them eventually and typically patients over the age of 45 & older have a higher likelihood at developing them. If your doctor tells you that you have a cataract and it should be removed, it may be frightening to consider. However, cataract surgery is considered to be one of the safest and most successful surgeries in the United States today.
A cataract is a clouding of all or part of the normally clear lens within your eye, which results in blurred or distorted vision. A cataract can progress until eventually there is a complete loss of vision in your eye, and neither diet nor laser treatment will make a cataract go away. However, cataract surgery can help restore your vision, long before you experience loss of vision significant enough to interfere with your daily activities.
The actual cataract surgery is performed on an outpatient basis in either our Pottsville or Wyomissing surgery centers. An anesthetic will be used prior to the surgery on your eye and will feel little or no discomfort. A tiny incision will be made in the eye allowing the surgeon to break up and remove the cloudy cataract. Once the cataract is removed, the new lens will be inserted.
After the procedure, you will see the doctor within 24 hours and you will need to take prescription eye drops to guard against infection.
With any surgical procedure there are risks. Our doctors can provide you will more detailed information about the potential risks and benefits of this procedure.
Here at Progressive Vision Institute– PVI we are happy to inform you, that you have options. Based on our findings during your upcoming examination we will be sure to inform you of which lens options you are a candidate for.
Cataract Surgery Lens Options:
With single-vision lens implants, you will have good distance vision but there is likelihood you will need glasses for most near vision activities after surgery and you will have the additional replacement cost of glasses through the years. Medicare and most private insurance carries will pay the majority of your cataract surgery and costs.
Advanced Technology: Presbyopic Intraocular Lenses
Acrysof® ReSTOR® Multifocal Lens
The Acrysof® ReSTOR® implant is designed to improve your vision to see near, far and everything in between. The goal of the ReSTOR® lens surgery is to allow you to read the newspaper, prescription bottles, your wristwatch, cell phone and to see many other things near and far without glasses or at your convenience. There is an additional cost for having this advanced technology lens implanted.