FAQ's - Cataracts

FAQ’s

Does my insurance cover these upgraded options?

Because these options are considered elective, or not medically necessary, insurance companies provide no coverage resulting in out of pocket expenses. If surgery is being performed to remove a visually impairing cataract, insurance will cover surgery fees related to medical necessity. Eyes of York provides easy low interest financing options for refractive surgery through Care Credit.

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Are cataracts found only in older people?

Nearly 22 million Americans age 40 and older are affected by cataracts and by age 80 over half of the population has at least one cataract. Cataracts can also occur at earlier stages in life due to diabetes, long-term steroid use, or trauma to the eye. Children and adolescents can also acquire cataracts during fetal development due to hereditary factors or infectious diseases present during pregnancy.

Is cataract surgery serious?

Although all surgical procedures are serious, cataract surgery is the most commonly performed surgery in the United States. Our surgeons have extensive surgical experience having completed more than 25,000 ocular surgeries throughout their careers. Even though the procedure only takes 10 minutes, Eyes of York follows strict protocols to ensure patients are healthy enough to undergo surgery safely.

When should cataract surgery be done?

Because cataracts have a different rate of progression in each patient, surgical necessity will vary for each individual. Surgery can be recommended by your surgeon when cataracts begin to impact your daily lifestyle. It is important to inform your doctor when you begin to experience a decrease in vision or increased difficulties when performing activities such as driving, reading, or watching television.

What can I expect after cataract surgery?

Cataract surgery will restore the vision a patient had prior to developing the cataract. Discoloration, cloudiness, and glare are usually caused by cataract obstruction and will be relieved with surgery. The result of cataract removal is a clear window of vision allowing all light to pass through the eye. Standard lens replacement will result in the necessity of full time glasses, although premium options offered at Eyes of York can be discussed with your surgeon to eliminate or reduce dependence on corrective lenses.

How long does it take to heal?

Each individual’s healing time varies based on their overall health and ocular condition. Some patients experience a slight foreign body sensation the day of surgery. Blurred vision is expected during the healing process and typically clears within a day or two. Eye drops are given as part of your postoperative care regimen and facilitate the healing process.