The goal of cataract surgery is to improve vision. It also provides an opportunity to decrease dependence on glasses or bifocals. Standard, manual cataract surgery is a complex surgical procedure with an excellent track record for safety. However, following standard cataract surgery, many patients still need glasses for some or all activities.
Now there are more options for patients looking to have increased spectacle independence. The majority of our patients who choose custom premium cataract surgery report that they can read a book or magazine, work on the computer, drive in daylight or night, and play golf and tennis without the need for glasses. Custom cataract surgery may address two conditions not treated in standard cataract surgery: astigmatism and presbyopia. Custom cataract surgery now offers the latest advances in technology including bladeless laser cataract surgery and premium intraocular lens implants can be selected to provide the visual outcome you are looking for. There are many decisions to be made about your eyes and cataract surgery; we are here to help guide you through the process and answer all questions you may have along the way.
Bladeless Laser Assisted Cataract Surgery
Bladeless Laser Assisted Refractive Cataract Surgery is the newest technology available to patients that can help with many of the most challenging steps of cataract surgery. These steps are now automated and performed with a laser. This advanced laser technology provides our patients with the most precise, most gentle cataract surgery method available today. The LenSx laser takes a 3-D scan of your eye and a customized surgical plan will be designed by Dr. Kurzon on a computer screen. Once she has entered all of the specifications, the computer guides the laser to perform each step. The LenSx Laser utilizes integrated optical coherence tomography (OCT) and related software to capture and analyze precise, high-resolution images of your eyes, providing Dr. Kurzon with accurate, real-time visuals throughout the laser cataract surgery procedure. One of the great advances with the LenSx laser is that it can now reduce astigmatism and allows for a more precise placement of the lens implant. Good news! Almost everybody qualifies for this wonderful new advancement; speak with Dr. Kurzon about your options today!
LenSx laser cataract surgery is truly at the forefront of surgical innovation; delivering unmatched precision and accuracy for effective results — contact Winter Park Ophthalmology today to find out how you can take advantage of all the benefits of LenSx laser technology.
Astigmatism Correcting Intraocular Lenses
The surface of your cornea may have an uneven curvature to it; some people may have heard the phrase “being shaped like a football”. This irregularity is called corneal astigmatism. A person who has both a cataract and corneal astigmatism will not have clear uncorrected distance vision after cataract surgery unless the astigmatism is also treated. The traditional lens implanted during cataract surgery helps to clear your vision but cannot correct the astigmatism. Astigmatism must be corrected by using a toric intraocular lens implant or arcuate incisions with a laser. If astigmatism is not corrected with either the lens implant or arcuate incisions the patient will need to wear corrective eyeglasses after surgery. If you choose to correct the astigmatism, Dr. Kurzon can help you decide whether the Lensx laser can correct your astigmatism or whether you would benefit from a Toric intraocular lens implant. This is an implantable lens that makes it possible to treat the cataract and correct corneal astigmatism at the same time, allowing patients to achieve a high quality of distance vision without glasses or contact lenses. It can also be used in combination with monovision to give good distance vision in one eye and good near vision in the other eye.
Presbyopia Correcting Intraocular Lenses
Presbyopia is a condition patients develop with age where the crystalline lens loses flexibility making is more difficult to focus on close objects. The crystalline lens is the same lens in a patient’s eye that develops the cataract. Patients who have traditional cataract surgery with standard monofocal intraocular lenses develop “instant presbyopia”, because these intraocular lenses focus at only one distance. Most patients usually need glasses for near and intermediate distance. Patients now have another choice in lens replacement aside from the standard monofocal lens implant. By choosing custom cataract with a presbyopia correcting intraocular lens implant, patients are usually much less dependent on glasses at all distances. They can read a menu, drive a car, and play golf without the hassle of glasses. This means that one may see clearly at distance, near and in between with little or no dependence on bifocals or reading glasses. There are several types of presbyopia correcting intraocular lenses. Your surgeon will take careful measurements of your eye and discuss which lens may fit best with you and your lifestyle.
Does my insurance pay for cataract surgery?
Cataract surgery is considered medically necessary when the cataract obstructs vision and leads to impairment. Therefore the surgery is typically paid for by Medicare and most commercial insurance companies. Individuals must check with their respective carriers for specific eligibility and coverage benefits and the surgery is subject to deductible, copays and coinsurance. There are several components of cataract surgery including the facility fee, the physician surgical fee, and the anesthesia fee which are all billed separately.
Does my insurance pay for Laser cataract surgery or premium lens implants?
No, these treatments are considered elective and are not ever covered by insurance. Astigmatism and presbyopia may be corrected by glasses after cataract surgery and therefore correction of these conditions is considered optional and therefore not covered. However, your insurance will still pay for the parts of the procedure that are medically necessary including the facility fee, physician surgical fee, and the anesthesia fee (of course all still subject to deductibles, copays, and coinsurance).
Is there financing available for Laser cataract surgery or premium lens implants?
Yes, we do have financing available through CareCredit for custom services. Most people qualify for credit. There are even interest-free options.
How can I find out more about my options?
Here are some websites with additional information about premium cataract surgery:
Presbyopia Correcting Lenses – http://www.tecnismultifocal.com and http://www.reclaimyourvision.com/Cataract/acrysof-iq-restor-iol.aspx