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 as glasses independent as possible, then you should consider a Multi-focal implant. In the past this lens was only available to those without astigmatism but now we can correct for the astigmatism, distance vision, intermediate vision and near vision all in one lens. There is an upcharge for both the Toric and Multi-focal implants. You only have cataract surgery once so you want to choose wisely. At your cataract evaluation we will thoroughly discuss your implant options and help you select the one best suited for your visual needs. While non-urgent surgeries such as cataracts have been delayed, we are not starting to slowly and safely begin to re-schedule them.
Dr. Lisa Bennett is an Ophthalmologist (Eye Physician & Surgeon) practicing with Dr. Martha Jay and Dr. James Ivanoski at Madison Medical Eye Care with offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin. She specializes in medical and surgical eye care such as small incision cataract surgery and blade-free LASIK.
For more eye care information, call 262-241-1919 or visit www.MadisonMedical.com.