Did you know that cataract surgery is one of the safest and most common surgeries performed in the United States? Cataracts are a leading cause of vision loss in the world, but sight can be restored by removing the deteriorated lens and replacing it with a custom intraocular lens (IOL). Most procedures can be performed in an ambulatory surgery center, which offers convenience, comfort and usually a reduced cost (Source: Optometry Times).
If you were ever considering cataract surgery, there has never been a better time. Here are a few examples of how cataract surgery has advanced in technology over the years:
- Smaller incisions—No one likes the idea of an eye incision, but what if that incision was as small as 2.5 millimeters? Small incision cataract surgery allows for a single incision for cataract removal and IOL insertion.
- Shorter procedures and quicker recovery times—You may be surprised to know that cataract surgery can be as brief as 10 to 15 minutes. Gone are the days of extended recoveries and immobilization. You should expect to go home the same day, and under normal circumstances, you can resume your normal routine within just a few days.
- Customized IOLs—New IOLs are developed each year with improved technology and capabilities. Choose among monofocal, multifocal or astigmatism-correcting IOLs to suit your vision needs.
- Laser-assisted cataract surgery—This offers the perfect blend of a surgeon’s expertise and the precision of a machine. In laser-assisted cataract surgery, your surgeon will create a 3-D image of the eye with specifications for location, depth and length in all planes. The femtosecond laser uses the 3-D map to create the corneal incision without the use of a blade.
Make an appointment with your eye doctor to discuss your options for cataract surgery. Then you will be ready to call your insurance provider to discuss the benefits of your health plan. The last step is the easiest: schedule your procedure. Clear, healthy vision is just a few phone calls away, so don’t delay!