Cataract FAQs

Do you have questions about cataracts and cataract surgery? Dr. Michael Sumsion has performed cataract surgery in Redding for more than 20 years, and can provide you with the information you need to proceed confidently toward improved, cataract-free vision. In the sections below, we have provided many of the most common questions our patients ask to help you gain a better understanding of the procedure. If you are interested in learning more about cataract surgery, we encourage you to contact our practice to schedule a consultation with Dr. Sumsion.

Is there an age limit for cataract surgery?

As long as you are in good health and do not have any other serious eye diseases or conditions, you are likely to be a good candidate for cataract surgery. There is no age limit for cataract surgery and the procedure can be performed as long as it can be deemed safe by Dr. Sumsion.

Do I need approval from my physician before I can have surgery?

When you come to Riverside EyeCare Professionals, Dr. Sumsion will perform a comprehensive eye exam and review your medical history to determine if cataract surgery is the best option for improving your vision. If there are questions about your overall health that could complicate surgery, Dr. Sumsion may require appropriate medical clearance from your primary care physician.

Do I need retinal clearance for cataract surgery if I have pre-existing eye diseases?

In some cases, patients with retinal conditions that can complicate cataract surgery may require clearance from a specialist. Diabetic macular edema, retinal vein occlusion, peripheral retinal lesions, uveitis, and epiretinal membrane formation can potentially impact the outcome of cataract surgery. A retinal specialist will be uniquely qualified to closely inspect the retinal tissue for disease, determine the degree of disease, and perform treatments that can improve the patient’s candidacy status for cataract surgery. If or when patients are clear for surgery, the specialist will provide approval for Dr. Sumsion to perform cataract surgery.

How do I know which intraocular lens (IOL) is right for me?

There may be a few options to consider when deciding which intraocular lens is best for restoring your vision during cataract surgery. Dr. Sumsion offers both monofocal lenses and multifocal lenses, including the TECNIS® Multifocal Lens and Crystalens®, to meet your vision needs. While monofocal lenses are typically less costly, multifocal IOLs can deliver advanced correction that can improve vision at all distances. During your consultation with Dr. Sumsion, he will perform a comprehensive eye examination and guide you toward the IOL that is best suited for you.

Will I have to wear my glasses after I have cataract surgery?

In most cases, patients are able to reduce their reliance on prescription glasses to see more clearly after cataract surgery. The degree and range of vision improvement generally depends upon the patient’s vision correction needs prior to surgery and the type of IOL that is implanted during the procedure. Multifocal IOLs typically deliver the highest level of vision correction, allowing patients to see better at all distances. Patients who receive monofocal IOLs are more likely to need glasses for near and intermediate distances.

What are the risks of cataract surgery?

Cataract surgery is a very common procedure that helps millions of men and women in the United States improve their vision and quality of life each year. Though extremely rare, there are potential risks of cataract surgery, which include infection, inflammation, bleeding, retinal disorders, glaucoma, secondary cataract, and vision loss. If you choose Riverside EyeCare Professionals you can be assured that Dr. Sumsion will perform a comprehensive eye exam to detect any risk factors before surgery and abide by all safety protocols during surgery to reduce the likelihood of complications. Furthermore, if any of these complications do arise, many of them can be effectively managed or resolved with further treatment.

Contact Riverside EyeCare Professionals

For more information about cataracts or to find out if cataract surgery is right for you, please contact our practice to schedule an appointment with Dr. Sumsion.

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