At Riverside EyeCare Professionals, we utilize the latest advances in cataract surgery to safely and effectively remove cataracts. Our board-certified cataract surgeons, Drs. Michael Sumsion and Sean Sumsion, have made cataract surgery a special focus of their practice, and are committed to helping you restore your vision and lifestyle. During your initial consultation and eye evaluation, your ophthalmologist will discuss the procedure, explain all your options and answer any of your questions about cataract surgery.
What Is Cataract Surgery?
Cataracts are a common condition that typically develops with age and is characterized by a clouding of the eye’s lens. As a result, patients with cataracts most often experience blurry vision. Because cataracts are a progressive condition, cataracts that are left untreated may cause the vision to continue worsening. Although men and women of any age may develop cataracts, it is estimated that approximately half of all Americans over the age of 65 have cataracts.
Cataract surgery is designed to remove the clouded lens, replace it with an intraocular lens implant (IOL), and ultimately restore clear vision. Over two million cataract surgeries are performed in the United States every year, and the procedure has an extremely high success rate. Depending upon the quality of the patient’s eyesight, in addition to other factors, cataract surgery can be customized with various IOLs that are matched to suit the patient’s unique needs and lifestyle.
What Can I Expect During the Cataract Surgery Procedure?
Cataract surgery is typically performed in our surgery center as an outpatient procedure. Prior to surgery, your ophthalmologist will apply a topical anesthetic to your eyes in order to alleviate any discomfort. Additionally, he can also provide a mild sedative to put you at ease and relieve any anxieties you may be feeling. During surgery, a small incision will be made in the front of your eye. Your ophthalmologist will use special instruments to carefully remove the cataract and the eye’s natural lens. He will then place an intraocular lens implant (IOL) in your eye to replace your natural lens.
Due to the small size of the incision, the natural pressure of your eye will typically ensure that it seals without the need for any sutures.
Cataract surgery is performed one eye at a time. The other eye will generally be treated about two weeks later to ensure the first eye has had ample time to heal. The actual procedure can generally be completed in about 15-20 minutes, and most patients experience little to no discomfort throughout the entire operation.
I have been a patient for many years and have always been treated with care and kindness by Dr. Sumsion and all his staff. My cataract surgery some years ago was perfect, excellent results, I will always remember driving down the road with my husband and saying “I can read that sign!!” when before I would have to be right next to it to see it properly. I have a condition that requires a monthly visit and every time I am greeted by someone who seems pleased to see me and Dr. Sumsion is always so nice and caring.
November 20, 2018
What Is an Intraocular Lens (IOL)?
Intraocular lens implants replace the natural lens of your eye and are designed to restore your vision after cataract removal. The degree of vision correction you achieve may vary depending on the type of IOL selected:
- Monofocal Lenses – These traditional lenses correct only for long distance vision.
- Multifocal Lenses – These advanced lenses can improve vision at any distance (TECNIS® Multifocal & Crystalens®).
- Toric Lenses – These lenses correct for astigmatism.
- TECNIS® Symfony Extended Range of Vision IOL – This state-of-the-art option combines the visual clarity of a monofocal lens with the extended range of a multifocal lens. Vision adjusts smoothly between distances for continuous quality vision.
Learn more about the variety of intraocular lenses we offer. During a consultation with either Dr. Michael Sumsion or Dr. Sean Sumsion, you can learn about the IOL options that may be right for you.
What Can I Expect During Cataract Surgery Recovery?
Recovery will vary per individual, but patients are able to return home the same day following their procedures. You can expect to return to normal activities after about one to two days, but our ophthalmologists typically recommend that you wear protective eyewear at night and utilize prescription eye drops in the days immediately following your surgery to aid in the healing process. Additionally, postoperative visits will be necessary to assess your healing progress. Your ophthalmologist will provide you with a postoperative schedule at the time of your surgery.
What Kind of Results Can I Expect After Cataract Surgery?
While some patients are able to see very well the day after surgery, vision typically starts improving within a few days following surgery. Vision generally starts off blurry and gradually improves as your eye heals and acclimates to its new lens. Once both eyes have been treated and you are healed completely, your ophthalmologist can thoroughly assess the quality of your vision and make any required adjustments to your vision prescription. In many cases, cataract removal and the addition of an advanced multifocal IOL that is well suited to one’s vision needs can significantly reduce reliance on glasses. Occasional use of reading glasses may be necessary, but not all patients require them.
Cost of Cataract Surgery
Since each cataract surgery is customized to meet the patient’s individual needs, there is no one set price for cataract surgery. Factors that can influence the cost of cataract surgery may include:
- Type of IOL
- Number of eyes requiring treatment
- Facility fees
- Any post-operative medications
At the conclusion of your initial consultation, your ophthalmologist will be able to provide you with an accurate quote for your cataract surgery. Since cataracts can lead to blindness when not treated, the condition is covered by many insurance plans. Patients with insurance coverage may still be responsible for a co-payment or a deductible. A member of our staff can help you navigate your insurance benefits and help determine your out-of-pocket cost for the procedure. In addition, qualifying patients can take advantage of the various financing options available at Riverside EyeCare Professionals.
Cataract Surgery Overview
The procedure: Cataract surgery generally takes about 15-20 minutes per eye. During the procedure, the cataract will be carefully removed and an IOL will be inserted to replace the natural lens and improve vision. An anesthetic and possibly a mild sedative will also be used to alleviate any discomfort or anxieties.
Who will perform the surgery?: Drs. Michael Sumsion and Sean Sumsion perform all cataract surgeries at our on-site surgical suite.
What about recovery?: Recovery is typically minimal. You will need to return to our office periodically for postoperative visits, but many patients are able to return to their daily routines about one to two days following cataract surgery.
Results: Cataract surgery can greatly improve the clarity of your vision and help restore your lifestyle. You can expect to experience a noticeable improvement in vision in the days following your surgery.
Cataract Surgery Video
Do you have questions about cataracts and cataract surgery? Our board-certified surgeons have a proven track record of success 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.
What are the side effects of cataract surgery?
Will I have “floaters” after cataract surgery?
Is there an age limit for cataract surgery?
Do I need approval from my physician before I can have surgery?
Do I need retinal clearance for cataract surgery if I have pre-existing eye diseases?
Does Medicare cover cataract surgery?
How do I know which intraocular lens (IOL) is right for me?
Will I have to wear my glasses after I have cataract surgery?
Will I have problems driving after cataract surgery?
What are the risks of cataract surgery?
Schedule a Consultation
For more information on cataract surgery, or if you would like to schedule a consultation with Dr. Michael Sumsion or Dr. Sean Sumsion, please contact Riverside EyeCare Professionals today.