Traditional Cataract Surgery

When a cataract advances to the point of visual disability, cataract surgery is necessary to help restore vision. Cataract surgery is a relatively simple outpatient procedure where the eye’s natural, cloudy lens is removed and replaced with an artificial lens, called an intraocular lens (IOL).  The IOL cannot be seen or felt by the patient and becomes a permanent part of the eye.

The operation itself entails making a tiny incision in the cornea. In traditional cataract surgery, this incision is made by hand.  Through this incision, the surgeon inserts an instrument about the size of a pen tip. This instrument breaks the cloudy lens into pieces and removes them from the eye. Once the cataract is removed, a cataract replacement lens is inserted through the same tiny incision and set into position. This replacement lens (IOL) may remove the need for glasses or bifocals.

The procedure is done on an outpatient basis, one eye at a time, and usually lasts between 15 and 45 minutes. A John-Kenyon team member will walk you through detailed information on caring for your eyes post-surgery. Most patients see well enough return to work or daily activities after a couple of days.

  • Who is at risk for cataracts?

    Cataracts can occur at any age, but are much more common after the age of 55.  About half of the population has a cataract by age 65, and nearly everyone over 75 has them. In rare cases, infants can have congenital cataracts.

  • What causes cataracts?

    Eye injury, medications, and eye diseases can cause cataracts, or they may be congenital.  Although the majority occur as a part of the aging process, other medical factors like diabetes, glaucoma, smoking, and excessive sun exposure can increase the risk of cataract formation.

  • Does insurance cover cataract surgery?

    Medicare and most health insurance plans will cover cataract surgery and monofocal intraocular lenses, but not the cost of premium intraocular lenses.

  • Is there an additional cost for lifestyle lenses?

    Yes.  If you have vision loss due to cataracts, traditional cataract surgery may be covered by Medicare or private insurance. However, the cost of the vision correction technology is considered elective and not covered by Medicare and private insurance.

  • What if I've already had LASIK?

    Even if you have had another eye surgery, like LASIK, you may still be a good candidate for cataract surgery.  Your doctor will take previous procedures into consideration when discussing treatment options with you at your comprehensive evaluation.

  • Will I still need glasses after cataract surgery?

    The implantation of lifestyle lenses can provide options to reduce or eliminate your dependence on glasses or contact lenses. Some patients may still need glasses for night driving, reading in low-light, or reading fine print.

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Jessica O. , LASIK

Jessica wanted to improve her vision and ensure her safety when driving at night! After LASIK, Jessica is seeing better than ever at 20/15!

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Josh S. , LASIK

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Greg W., LASIK

Greg woke up seeing the alarm clock for the first time in 15 years after LASIK at John-Kenyon.