Understanding the Surgery
Cataract surgery is the only way to remove a cataract from your eye in order to restore your vision. It is one of the most common and effective surgical procedures performed in the U.S. and one of the safest as well.
It's important to understand that just because you have cataracts, you don't necessarily need surgery. You can manage them for years with glasses and contact lenses. It is only when your cataracts start to interfere with your daily activities that you need to consider surgery.
Annual visits to your eye care professional are important as you age so he or she can track developments in your cataracts. With an understanding of your lifestyle and the history of your eye care, your eye care professional will be able to make recommendations on whether surgery is necessary and which type of artificial lens you should get.
Costs and Insurance
A portion of traditional cataract surgery is usually covered by private insurance or Medicare. It is important to note that many advanced technology artificial intraocular lenses (IOLs) that correct other visual impairments, such as astigmatism, may not be fully covered, but many eye care professionals also offer payment plans. The specific out-of-pocket costs will vary depending on where you live and what type of intraocular lens you have implanted.