WHICH IMPLANT AT THE TIME OF CATARACT SURGERY? By Dr. Martha Jay, Ophthalmologist at Madison Medical Eye Care with offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin
If you have cataracts, you probably already know that cataract surgery is a 10-15 minute outpatient procedure that is generally done without the need of shots, stitches or patches. What you may not know is that we always replace your natural lens with a small plastic implant as otherwise you would not be able to see without very thick glasses. There are several implants options available. Which is right for you depends on how dependent you want to be on glasses after the procedure. Another factor concerns astigmatism, or whether your eyes are round like a baseball or curved like a football.
If you do not have astigmatism and do not mind using over-the-counter reading glasses or going back into bifocals, then the standard lens is for you. This lens corrects your distance vision and is covered by your insurance minus any deductible you may have. If you do have astigmatism, then you might want to consider a Toric implant. This option would make your distance vision clearer without glasses than a standard lens but, as with the standard lens, you would need reading glasses. How do you know if you have astigmatism? We determine that at the time of your cataract evaluation.
If you would prefer to be able to see far away and read without glasses, then you should consider a Bifocal implant. In the past this lens was only available to those without astigmatism but now we can correct for the astigmatism, distance vision and near vision all in one lens. The is an up-charge for both the Toric and Bifocal implant but you only have cataract surgery once so you want to choose wisely.
At your cataract evaluation we thoroughly discuss your implant options and help you select the one that best suits your visual needs. See you soon!
Dr. Martha Jay is a Board Certified Ophthalmologist (Eye Physician & Surgeon) specializing in medical and surgical eye care such as small incision cataract surgery and blade-free LASIK. She practices with Drs. Lisa Bennett and James Ivanoski at Madison Medical Eye Care in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin.
For more eye care information, call 262-241-1919 or visit www.MadisonMedicalEyeCare.com.