Patients with cataracts often feel like they are seeing the world through a fogged window, making it difficult to read or see clearly.
At Fishman & Sheridan eyeCare Specialists, we provide effective cataract treatment to restore your eyesight at our three locations.
So why should you consider cataracts surgery?
Restore Your Independence with Cataract Surgery
Improved Quality of Life
After cataract surgery, you can resume all the daily tasks and activities that cataracts prevented you from enjoying, from reading to appreciating the view on a hike.
Decreased Fall Risk
The clouded vision caused by cataracts often causes patients to trip over objects that they cannot see, increasing the risk of falling. Restoring clear vision can decrease your risk of injury.
Do You Have Cataracts? You're Not Alone
Symptoms That Indicate the Presence of Cataracts
In the early stages, you may not notice any changes to your vision. As the cataract grows larger, however, you may begin to experience:
- Increasing difficulty with night vision
- Cloudy, dim, or blurred sight
- Light sensitivity
- Fading or yellowing colors
- Glare or “halos”
- Double vision in one eye
- Frequent prescription changes
Some patients also report that they need brighter lights to complete normal activities.
Most Patients Undergo Cataract Surgery Once Vision Loss Occurs
Most patients wait to undergo cataract surgery until their vision has become compromised to the extent that it interferes with everyday tasks. Patients who undergo cataract surgery often have difficulty:
- Driving at night
- Participating in outdoor activities
In Order to Qualify for Surgery, You Should:
Be In Good Overall Health
As with any surgical procedure, you will need to be in good overall health. Our doctors will review your medical history during your consultation.
Have Significant Vision LossJust because you have a cataract does not mean that our doctors will recommend removing it just yet. In most cases, we will recommend waiting until the cataract seriously affects your vision before scheduling your surgery.
Be Able to Take Time Off
Your vision will still be blurry for a few days after the procedure, so you should plan on taking it easy and taking some time off of work for your procedure, recovery, and follow-up appointments.
Millions of Surgeries Are Safely Performed Every Year
Because cataracts are an age-related eye condition, nearly everyone will develop it at some point in their lives. In fact, one in six Americans over the age of 40 is affected by cataracts. Fortunately, it is easily treatable and surgery is highly effective. This procedure is the only way to permanently treat blurred and cloudy vision and restore your independence.
If you suspect you have a cataract, Dr. Fishman or Dr. Sheridan will assess your vision during an exam and determine if you are a candidate for surgery. At this time, we can provide you with a personalized cost estimate and address any concerns you may have about risks or side effects.
Our surgeons use advanced techniques to perform your cataract surgery as efficiently and conservatively as possible.
During cataract surgery, your doctor will replace the clouded lens in your eye with an intraocular lens implant (IOL). Before the procedure, we will take precise measurements and perform comprehensive testing to recommend the optimal IOL for you.
On the Day of Your Procedure
We typically recommend patients arrive about an hour before their surgery. Our welcoming coordinator will check you in and then a member of our team will show you to one of our state-of-the-art surgical suites. You can remain in your normal clothes during the procedure.
Cataract surgery is an outpatient procedure which generally takes about 10 minutes to complete. We will first ensure your comfort by administering intravenous (IV) sedation. Then, we will place numbing eye drops into your eye.
Our surgeons use a phacoemulsification technique to break up the clouded lens and restore your vision. During the procedure, your surgeon will use sound waves to break up the hardened lens, gently remove the fragmented tissue using an ultrasonic device, then place the intraocular lens.
Our surgeons use advanced techniques to perform your surgery as efficiently and conservatively as possible. We use self-sealing micro-incisions to avoid the need for sutures and minimize your recovery time. While it may take up to six weeks to completely recover from cataract surgery, many of our patients return to their normal activities within just a few days.
Cataract Surgery Recovery
Cataract surgery once called for days of hospital stay. Thanks to the significant progress in treatment, however, you can now spend the first night of recovery in the comfort of your own home. Moreover, cataract surgery patients can get back to their day-to-day life much sooner, enjoy a faster healing time, and experience less discomfort, all after a quick, safe procedure!
While it takes up to six weeks to complete the entire cataract surgery recovery process, most of our Leesburg, Eustis, and Clermont patients find they can resume their normal activities within just a few days of surgery. Your doctor will let you know how to prepare and what to expect in advance.
At first, side effects such as blurred vision or foreign body sensation should be expected. Your eye surgeon may recommend pain relievers to alleviate any discomfort or irritation of the eyes, which is normal in the first few days of recovery. If you feel a heightened sensitivity to light, which is also common, your doctor may prescribe wearing dark sunglasses. You may additionally need to take pills or use special eye drops to regulate the pressure inside the eye.
During recovery, our doctors stress the importance of your follow-up visits. These checkups will ensure that your cataract surgery recovery is progressing smoothly at our state-of-the-art Leesburg, Eustis, and Clermont locations.
Cataract Surgery Results
Your vision should begin to show improvement within a few days of the procedure. As your surgeon will tell you, successful cataract surgery leads to much clearer sight. For most cataract surgery patients, their positive outcomes make any risks associated with cataract surgery well worthwhile.
Patients with cataracts in both eyes may have to undergo two separate surgeries. Even so, cataract surgery recovery and results are generally the same for each eye.
The National Eye Institute estimates more than 50 percent of Americans over the age of 65 are affected by cataracts, a major cause of decreased vision. As cataract surgery is one of the most commonly performed operations in the United States, it is also one of the safest. According to the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS), 98 percent of all cataract surgeries are successful.
What Are Cataract Surgery Side Effects?
As with any surgery, the best way to control the unwanted effects of cataract treatment is to follow the recommendations of your Fishman & Sheridan eyeCare Specialists surgeon. Most of our patients report a minimal amount of discomfort during the swift recovery process.
Those who undergo the cataract procedure should understand that side effects in Leesburg, Eustis, and Clermont may be experienced initially after surgery. Standing by for patients, our surgeons can help if your eyes exhibit any of the following:
- Blurred vision
- Aching or tenderness
- Sensitivity to light
- Color distortion
- Bruising of the eyelid
- Fluid discharge
- Foreign body sensation
Luckily, these side effects are mostly temporary and minor; they can be resolved quickly either through natural healing or prescribed treatment. Understanding the recovery and risks involved with cataract treatment will prepare you to deal with any side effects or complications.
An Overview of Cataract Surgery Risks
At Fishman & Sheridan eyeCare Specialists, regaining vision lost to cataracts means becoming familiar with every aspect of the surgical treatment of the condition. As with any operation, complications – although rare – may arise, and it is important to weigh these possible complications against the benefits. When it comes to cataract surgery risks, our doctors in Leesburg, Eustis, and Clermont provide honest, straightforward information to our patients.
The most frequently performed operation in the United States, cataract surgery is especially common in people above the age of 52. Our experts regard the treatment as extremely safe, and the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery has found that 98 percent of all cataract surgical procedures are, in fact, successful.
Although cataract surgery risks are rare among the suitable cataract removal candidates we serve in Leesburg, Eustis, and Clermont, the following complications may occur from surgery or lens implantation:
- Retinal detachment
- Secondary cataract
- Retinal swelling or clouding
- Development of glaucoma
- Displacement of the lens
The vast majority of complications and side effects—in the event they develop—can be effectively treated at our surgical center.
During your consultation, a Fishman & Sheridan eyeCare Specialists doctor will examine your medical history to make sure that you are a good candidate for surgery. This thorough evaluation, combined with your strict observation of your doctor’s orders after the cataract procedure, will significantly lower the risks.
As successful cataract surgery patients experience a relatively brief recovery period, you too could potentially resume your normal routine within a few days of the procedure!
How Much Does Cataract Surgery Cost?
While your vision is invaluable, cost is an important factor when considering cataract surgery. As a patient, you deserve to have every bit of information about the expenses involved in your treatment so that you can make the most educated decisions possible regarding your ocular health. At Fishman & Sheridan eyeCare Specialists, surgeons Jeffrey A. Sheridan and Craig D. Fishman will gladly answer any questions you have about cataract surgery cost. After a consultation at one of our convenient locations in Eustis, Clermont, or Leesburg, we can provide a personalized cost estimate based on your unique needs. The final cost of cataract surgery depends on a range of factors, including your insurance plan and the technology used to perform your procedure.
Understanding Your Out-of-Pocket Expenses
For most patients, Medicare or their private medical insurance will cover the basic costs of cataract surgery. However, advanced technology such as premium intraocular lenses (IOLs) or laser-assisted surgery may not be covered.
Generally, any aspect of your procedure that is not considered medically necessary will probably not be covered by your insurance plan. The definition of "medically necessary" may vary between insurance providers. There are a variety of factors that can affect your out-of-pocket expenses.
Your Choice of IOL
There is a wide range of intraocular lenses available. For most patients, a standard monofocal IOL is sufficient to replace your natural lens and restore your sight after cataract surgery. This type of IOL typically provides good distance vision. However, you will most likely need reading glasses. In addition, monofocal IOLs do not correct for astigmatism. If you are struggling with cataracts, our team can help you regain focus.
At Fishman & Sheridan eyeCare Specialists, we offer many other types of IOLs that can minimize or eliminate the need for glasses. These more advanced lenses can allow for clearer sight. Multifocal intraocular lens as well as intraocular lens to correct astigmatism are available. However, insurance rarely covers the entire cost of premium IOLs.
Other Factors That Affect Cost
In addition to the technology used, other factors can affect your final cost of treatment, such as:
- Where your procedure is performed: Most of our procedures are performed in an out-patient surgical suite.
- Your surgeon’s skill: Each of our doctors has been practicing for over 20 years. They have the skills and training to perform effective cataract surgery. While less experienced doctors may offer lower prices, you are much more likely to achieve the results you desire under the care of one of our highly trained professionals.
- Pre- and post-operative visits: The number of times you visit our office before your procedure and during recovery will depend on your health and your ability to heal after surgery.
- Post-op medication: We may provide medication after your procedure to reduce your risk of infection and control pain. These prescriptions may affect the final cost of your treatment.
Our staff can discuss all the factors that impact cataract surgery cost with you during a consultation and provide you with a customized estimate based on your preferences and ocular health.
More Benefits of Cataract Surgery
Your risk of developing cataracts may be steadily increasing. The truth behind the stunning statement is more than half of all Americans will have developed a cataract by the time they are 65 years old, as reported by the National Eye Institute. The degenerative condition involves the clouding of the eye’s lens, which gradually blurs vision and increases glare from light.
At Fishman & Sheridan eyeCare Specialists, the finest doctors make cataract surgery benefits a reality for the people of Leesburg, Eustis, and Clermont. After confirming your diagnosis, we will help you understand the many ways in which cataract treatment could help you!
Cataract Surgery Benefits at a Glance
Cataract surgery boasts a 98 percent rate of success. Once your eyes have recovered from treatment and are adjusted to functioning without cataracts, the benefits will be revealed, and you will be able to enjoy:
- Safer driving: Your chances of getting into a collision on the road will decrease by an estimated 50 percent, according to the Journal of the American Medical Association.
- A better quality of life: You will be able to visually interpret your surroundings more accurately and perceptively.
- Greater independence: You will feel more confident in your ability to react to your environment.
- Improved recreation: You may be able to improve your performance in certain activities. Increased independence can also lead to more community involvement!
- Less difficulty reading: Opening a book, skimming the newspaper, or surfing the Internet will no longer entail straining your eyes. You will also be able to see signs more clearly on the road.
- Added health benefits: A cataract can hinder your doctor from detecting other medical conditions of the eye, such as diabetic retinopathy. Therefore, cataract removal may lead to diagnosis and treatment of another eye condition.
Please note that undergoing cataract surgery does not always eliminate the need to wear contacts or glasses. The best way to ensure optimal cataract surgery benefits in Leesburg, Eustis, and Clermont is to follow your surgeon’s orders throughout the consultation, procedure, and recovery process.
See the World Clearly Again
As they progress, cataracts can impact every aspect of your daily life and make normal activities significantly more difficult. While you cannot prevent cataracts, more than 90 percent of patients who undergo cataract surgery regain useful vision. If you are struggling with cataracts, our team can provide safe, effective treatment.