Cataract surgery is often recommended when the lens of your eye has lost its transparency and your vision has become cloudy.
This is not an unusual condition and the odds of developing cataracts increases with age. Dr. Barrett can perform cataract surgery on an outpatient basis with minimal discomfort. Dr. Barrett is able to solve your problem by removing your damaged lens and permanently implanting a new acrylic lens.
During the surgery, Dr. Barrett will:
You will be asked to wear an eye patch for several hours after your surgery is completed to help protect your new lens. Once you have removed the eye patch your vision should improve and your eye should heal within several days. You are advised to avoid any heavy lifting, bending or straining for one week following surgery. It is also important that you avoid rubbing your eyes for one week following surgery.
This is an exciting time in many areas ophthalmology and cataract surgery is no exception. Today's cataract surgeries are performed with small incisions that do not even require stitches. High speed ultrasound is used to remove the cataracts and the procedure typically only takes 10-15 minutes. At Barrett Eye Care we use all of the latest and most innovative technology to help ensure that your surgery is a successful one. Two, new, deluxe lenses were recently approved by the FDA. These lenses give our patients a choice of the type of vision they would like to have following cataract surgery.
When Dr. Barrett performs the procedure and implants a new lens in your eye, you will have a choice as to the type of lens that you would like to have implanted. The choice of lens will determine your level of spectacle independence following cataract surgery. A very high percentage of our patients (over 98%) will see better following cataract surgery with glasses. The choice of lens only affects the need for glasses after surgery. Below we will describe the options that our cataract patients have.
Option #1: Standard Cataract Surgery (Extra Cost: $0.00)
This is our basic cataract surgery package. This procedure is typically covered by your Medicare or Medical Insurance Plan and major medical copays and deductibles apply. With this procedure, Dr. Barrett will remove the natural, cloudy lens in the eye and replace it with a new, synthetic intraocular lens. No further testing, techniques or lens upgrades will be done to correct your refractive error. This procedure is extremely successful and has been around for decades. A very high percentage (over 95%) of our patients will see better, with glasses, following surgery. If you are not concerned with refractive correction, and you are planning on wearing glasses after surgery, then this is definitely the procedure for you.
Option #2: Refractive Cataract Surgery - Monofocal Correction (Extra Cost: $900/eye)
This package involves both cataract removal and refractive correction. With this procedure, Dr. Barrett will remove the natural, cloudy lens in the eye and replace it with a new, synthetic intraocular lens. Dr. Barrett will also use other tools (ORA wavefront aberrometer), techniques (limbal relaxing incisions) and astigmatism-correcting lenses (toric lenses) to further correct your refractive error. With this option, a very high percentage of our patients (over 95%) will not need glasses for distance vision. However, you will need readers/cheaters for reading and near tasks. With this package, you also have the option of either near correction or mono-vision. If you choose near correction, you will have excellent near vision without glasses but you will need glasses for distance vision. With mono-vision correction, we will correct one eye for distance and the other eye for reading. Permanent mono-vision correction is only recommended for patients who have done mono-vision with contact lenses in the past. For our mono-vision contact lens wearers, this is an excellent option as well.
Option #3: Refractive Cataract Surgery - Bi-Focal Correction (Extra Cost: $1,900.00/eye)
This package also involves both cataract removal and refractive correction. With this procedure, Dr. Barrett will remove the natural, cloudy lens in the eye and replace it with a new, synthetic intraocular lens. Dr. Barrett will also use other tools (ORA wavefront aberrometer), techniques (limbal relaxing incisions) and bi-focal lenses (deluxe multi-focal lenses) to further correct your refractive error. The goal of this procedure is to provide you with functional vision both up-close, and in the distance, without glasses. Our experience has been that most of these patients are able to see relatively well without glasses. With this option, we have also found that some patients may sacrifice a little "clarity" of vision, for the trade-off of not having to wear reading or distance glasses. Due to the design of the multi-focal lens, some patients may note a mild increase in glare/haloes when driving at night. For reading very fine print or extended periods of reading, a weak pair of reading glasses may still be a benefit. If you would like to do everything possible to minimize your use of glasses (readers or otherwise) following your cataract surgery, then this is the best option for you.