Q: I have a relative who had cataract surgery, and he/she had to wear cataract glasses. Is this still required?
A: This is no longer the case. In modern day cataract surgery, not only do we remove the cataract, but we insert an intraocular lens implant, meaning you will never have to wear unsightly cataract glasses again.
Q: Is cataract surgery covered by insurance?
A: Most medical insurances, including Medicare, do cover cataract surgery.
Q: How long does cataract surgery take?
A: The procedure itself usually only takes about 10-15 minutes, however, you should plan on being at the surgery center for about 2 hours.
Q: How long is the recovery time?
A: For most patients to fully recover, it takes about a week. Immediately following surgery, your vision will be blurry, so you should plan to have someone drive you home following the procedure. Some patients are able to go back to work the same day of surgery, however it is recommended you take the day off if at all possible.
Q: What is the difference between a standard monofocal lens and a premium lens?
A: A premium lens will provide a greater range of focus than a monofocal IOL.
Q: What is blended vision
A: Prior to your cataract surgery, you’re vision will undergo additional testing for blended vision. The goal of blended vision is to make your dominate eye for distance and your non-dominate eye for near. With blended vision, your eyes will focus together to reduce or eliminate your independence on glasses.
Q: Is a premium lens or blended vision covered by insurance?
A: In most cases, they are not covered by insurance. This will add some out of pocket expense, however it is important to note the majority of cataract surgery is covered by insurance, as well as the surgeons fee which will cost the same regardless of the lens implant you choose.
Q: Is a premium lens or blended vision worth it?
A: Think of it like this. Your vision is something you will use every waking moment of your life. If it’s something you can afford, then it is definitely worth it. If a PIOL is something you are interested in, mention it during your cataract consultation. Remember, with a premium lens implant or blended vision, most patients can do most of the time without glasses.