What is a cataract?

A cataract is the clouding of the eye’s natural lens.  Due to this clouding, vision is affected in various ways, including blurring of the vision, glare, poor night vision, and fading or dullness of colors.  

What causes cataracts?

The more common causes of cataracts are age, long term UV exposure, eye injury, eye surgery (such as vitrectomy), medical conditions and smoking. While cataracts most commonly form as a person ages, they can present in children and young adults as a result of hereditary traits and medical conditions.

How are cataracts treated?

The only treatment for cataracts is surgery. If a patient has enough blurriness from a cataract and is considering surgery, an appointment is recommended to discuss surgery options.

What is an IOL?

An IOL is an intraocular lens implant that is used during cataract surgery. In cataract surgery, the patient’s own natural lens is removed and replaced with an IOL. There are different types of intraocular lenses available and these options will be discussed with you prior to your surgery.

How do I go about scheduling surgery?

If you feel you are ready for surgery, call our office to make an appointment. We will schedule you for an exam to discuss surgery. If you are cleared for the surgery, you will be referred to our cataract surgical coordinator who will assist you in scheduling, medical clearance, and pre-op and post-op scheduling.

Will my insurance cover cataract surgery?

Most basic insurances cover cataract surgery as a medically necessary procedure. Some individual policies may have pre-exisiting restrictions or high deductible requirements that we cannot foresee. Please contact your insurance company directly to find out more details.

Will I be awake during cataract surgery?

Cataract surgery usually involves IV relaxation (not general anesthesia).  During the procedure, you will be conscious and comfortable.  No significant discomfort is expected.  

Will I stay in the hospital after surgery?

No.  Cataract surgery is performed on an outpatient basis so once the procedure is done and the nurses have cleared you from the effects of the sedation, you will be released to return home.  You will have to bring a driver to drive you home.  

When will I see the doctor after surgery?

You will be scheduled for a post-op appointment in our office the day after your surgery. Following this appointment, you will have another appointment within one week and another about three weeks later. More appointments may be necessary if the need arises.

When will I get measured again to see if I need glasses?

This depends on your individual circumstances. Some patients need to change glasses as soon as feasible, but others can wait approximately one month after the procedure, which gives your eye more time to heal for better stability of the refraction.

This varies with each individual. Many patients return to most basic activities the day after surgery, including driving. Speak to the doctor directly for more details.

Will I be able to travel after surgery?

Dr. Dressler prefers that patients stay local for a few weeks in the post-op period to allow for appointments and to address any possible complications.