Cataracts: What to Ask Your Eye Doctor

Posted By Key-Whitman Eye Center || 30-May-2012

iStock_000007875512XSmallReceiving a medical diagnosis isn’t easy. It can certainly cause anxiety and be frightening for some people. Taking time to educate yourself is one of the best things you can do as a patient to relieve that anxiety and know how to move forward with the diagnosis.

Have you recently been diagnosed with cataracts? Cataracts will affect your vision, and eventually you will be unable to see clearly at all. The good news is they can be easily treated withcataract surgery. Unlike other eye conditions, treating cataracts isn’t urgent. You won’t miss your chance if you wait to receive treatment. Knowing that, it’s important that you take the time to find out all you need to know to ease your fear and anxiety going into treatment.

After receiving your diagnosis and before undergoing treatment for cataracts, here are a few things you should ask your eye doctor:

Do I have cataracts in both eyes? Cataracts typically develop in both eyes, although are usually more advanced in one eye. If you have cataracts in both eyes, it will require two procedures as cataract surgery will be performed one eye at a time.

Which replacement lens is best for me? Key-Whitman provides many choices to cataract patients includingCrystalens®, ReSTOR®, Tecnis®, the Acrysoft Toric IOL, aspheric monofocal lenses with limbal relaxing incisions and the traditional aspheric monofocal lens implant. Monofocal lenses will correct vision at a single distance, whereas multifocal lenses will correct vision at a variety of distances. Multifocal lenses could reduce or even eliminate the need to wear reading glasses following cataract surgery. If you have macular degeneration or diabetic retinopathy, your doctor will most likely recommend monofocal lenses.

Will I need contact lenses or eyeglasses after surgery? Depending on the replacement lenses chosen and your previous prescription needs, you may still require corrective lenses following cataract surgery. Cataract replacement lenses do contain their own correction, so you will most likely need a new prescription for contacts or eyeglasses after surgery. If you wore contact lenses prior to cataract surgery, you should be able to wear them without a problem after surgery. Unfortunately, there is no way to test what your vision will be like with cataract replacement lenses until after recovery.

What are the risks involved? Implanting premium lenses can be more complicated than monofocal lenses. As with any surgical procedure, be sure to select an experienced doctor to perform your cataract surgery.

If you have cataracts and are considering cataract surgery, contact Key-Whitman to schedule a comprehensive exam.

Do you have other questions about cataract surgery? Ask your questions in the comments below!

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