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You are the decision maker in your cataract surgery options. It is important to focus on the results that you want the procedure to accomplish. Think about your lifestyle and which aspects of your life will benefit from your renewed vision: reading your favorite book, seeing your granddaughter’s face as she sits across the family dining room table or enjoying the view of a tropical island from the bow of a cruise ship.  

The procedure itself will remove the clouded lens in your eye and replace it with a synthetic lens. This lens will give you consistent, permanent vision for the remainder of your life.

Your decision comes in which type of lens you choose. Most health plans typically cover basic cataract procedures as well as pre- and post-operative care. Monofocal lenses, which provide great distance vision, but still require glasses for objects 5 feet away and closer, are usually covered under health plans. The obvious advantage to this lens is that it is paid for with your medical coverage.

There are also lens options that will provide great vision at multiple distances. These are called lifestyle lenses. Lifestyle lenses give you multiple levels of good vision. If reading a good book, looking at pictures of your grandson’s first day at school on Facebook, reading road signs and driving at night are things that are important to you, there is a lens for that. These lenses not only cure cataracts but any existing imperfections in your cornea. They incorporate the most advanced technology available today. This can take you from needing reading glasses 70% of the time with a monofocal lens, to barely needing reading glasses at all. The downside, of course, comes with the additional out-of-pocket cost, not covered by your health coverage.

Knowing these facts is important when you meet with our doctors at your cataract consultation. We take care to listen to your objectives in developing the vision goals you have for a successful outcome.

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