Common Questions for Cataract
1) What is the difference between standard lens and Crystalens?
There are different types of intraocular lenses (IOLs) available for cataract surgery:
- Monofocal IOL (single focus): Patients can have an IOL implanted for distance and wear separate reading glasses OR have the IOL implanted for near vision and wear separate glasses for distance.
- Monovision: Patients can have IOLs with two different powers, one for near vision and the other for distance vision.
- Multifocal IOL: Provides distance vision and restores some or all of the focusing ability of the eye. This lens corrects for both distance vision and other ranges, such as near or intermediate.
- Crystalens (accommodating IOL): The accommodating lens is flexible and works with the focusing muscles of the eye to provide the patient with a full range of vision (near, far and everywhere in between). The advantage of Crystalens is it provides better quality of vision than multifocal IOLs; and clear vision at all ranges (near, midrange, and distance).
2) What does the surgery entail?
The natural lens in the eye will be removed by a type of surgery called phacoemulsification, which is easily performed in about 10 minutes. Phacoemulsification involves a tiny incision (2.5 mm) which self-seals and usually doesn't require a suture. After the natural lens is removed, an IOL is placed inside the eye. Patients generally see immediately after surgery, usually well enough to read the clock in our surgical suite.
3) What is the recovery time?
The patient is encouraged to rest during the first 24 hours after surgery. Patients can usually resume their normal activity the next day. There are minor restrictions (i.e. avoid swimming for 2 weeks, as well as smoky and dusty environments for a couple of days).
4) How much does each lens cost, and what does insurance cover?
Price varies and depends on what kind of insurance the patient has. Please call the office for details on specific lens choice and consult with Dr. Feinerman first.
5) How long has Dr. Feinerman been in practice?
Dr. Feinerman has been in practice since 1999. He immediately received his ophthalmology board certification in 2000. After working in a group practice for 2 years, he decided to open up his own practice, Feinerman Vision Center, in 2001.
6) Is there any pain involved?
Cataract surgery is usually quite comfortable and the patient should not feel any pain during the surgery. Mild discomfort for first 24 hours is not uncommon, which can include slight scratchiness and burning with some tearing.
7) How soon can you see after the surgery?
Patients generally see immediately after surgery. However, the vision may fluctuate a little, and may take 3 to 4 weeks to stabilize.
8) What are the restrictions after surgery?
The patient will be on an eye drop regimen for a month. No swimming for 2 weeks. Also, smoky and dusty environments should be avoided for a few days.
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