What Is A Cataract?
A cataract occurs when the eye’s natural crystalline lens becomes cloudy. This is a natural event that occurs for many people in their 60s. It is believed that UV exposure plays a role, as well as certain vitamin deficiencies and medications.
When a patient has a cataract, they will often experience glare and haloes, difficulty reading, difficulty driving at night, and a yellowing of colors. Fortunately, cataract surgery has advanced immensely over the past several decades.
What is Cataract Surgery?
Cataract surgery is a life-changing 15-minute procedure that extracts the cataract and replaces it with an intraocular lens implant, or IOL. Modern cataract surgery liquefies the cataract using ultrasound, which is then suctioned out through a very small microincision that requires no sutures. The IOL is inserted through the same microincision in a folded position, which then opens up into its proper and permanent position.
Standard cataract IOLs correct distance vision. Most cataract patients will require reading glasses to see up close and use a computer. However, there are a number of premium lens options available that are accommodative or multifocal, allowing the patient to focus at a wider, more complete range of distances.
How Long Does Cataract Surgery Take?
Cataract surgery typically takes only 10-15 minutes, but you should plan on being at the surgery center for about 2 hours to include preoperative preparations and post-op instructions.
Choose Dr. Rom As Your Cataract Surgeon
Dr. Michael Rom is a Board-Certified Ophthalmologist and has performed over 25,000 cataract surgeries. He has a reputation for great patient care and service. Here are what some of his patient’s say about their experience with cataract surgery.
“For as long as I can remember I have had poor vision. There was nothing more to be done , but Dr. Rom did cataract surgery on both of my eyes and I now have crystal clear vision. I will need a simple contact or glasses for reading. I am so excited because for the first time in such a long time I can SEE. Every aspect of the process was clearly described. All my questions were answered. Dr. Rom , and all of his staff were knowledgeable , kind and supportive. It was a no stress event that had a superb outcome. Thanks to all.” – Ginny T.
“The professionalism of Dr. Rom and his staff is refreshing. The communication regarding the surgery was excellent. Most important to me was that my cataract surgery was completely painless. I will highly recommend Dr. Rom to my friends.” – B. Buckman
Recovery After Cataract Surgery
Generally, patients recover fully in about a week. You will typically have blurry vision immediately following surgery, which will require a driver to take you home. Some patients even resume work the day after surgery, but we recommend taking a day off if at all possible.
Will I Have To Wear Cataract Glasses After Surgery?
Not at all. In modern cataract surgery, we not only remove the cataract, but we also replace it with an intraocular lens implant, meaning you will never need to wear unsightly cataract glasses.
Is Cataract Surgery Covered By Insurance?
Yes. Cataract surgery is covered by medical insurance, including Medicare and similar providers.
Schedule A Consultation
If you are interested in cataract surgery, contact Insight Eye Center today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Michael Rom. Call our Mentor office at (440) 205-5840 or our Chardon office at (440) 286-1188.