What Are Cataracts?
A cataract is a clouding of the natural crystalline lens of the eye. Vision with cataracts can be compared to looking through a piece of waxed paper or a foggy window. Cataract development is usually a very gradual process of normal aging, but can occasionally occur rapidly. Many people are unaware that they have cataracts because the changes in their vision is gradual.
Some common symptoms of cataracts may include:
- Painless blurring of vision
- Sensitivity to light and glare
- Double vision in one eye
- Poor night vision
- Fading or yellowing of colors
- Frequent changes in glasses or contact lens prescription.
Traditional Cataract Surgery
The Eye MD has provided high-quality eye surgery in the Lorton, VA, area for years. We treat every patient individually to ensure a good patient-doctor relationship between you and us. This helps us make you feel comfortable in our office so that you’ll be relaxed and ready to go for your procedure.
We want to ensure that you understand what happens with your cataract eye surgery before it starts. Dr. Majlessi will begin by making sure that your eye is clean and dilated. We’ll then administer a topical anesthetic before making a small incision. Next she will put in an ultrasonic device that eliminates the hard, yellow proteins that make the cataract and remove the remains.
Once we remove the cataract, our surgeon will insert a folded intraocular lens. This lens replaces your natural lens and remains in place after the surgery. This lens gives you clear vision while feeling and acting like your natural lens. The small incision self-seals after the procedure finishes. Because the Eye MD use a suture-less surgery option, you can often return to your normal activities after 48 hours.
Laser Cataract Surgery
Laser cataract surgery uses the precision and accuracy of an image-guided femtosecond laser versus relying on the eye surgeon’s steadiness of hand. Special software is used to create 3-D images of the eye, precisely mapping the location, length and depth of the cataract. Stitches are not required with laser cataract surgery.
What is the Difference Between Traditional and Laser Cataract Surgery?
- Laser cataract surgeries do not require the use of a blade.
- Laser cataract surgeries help increase accuracy and precision.
- Laser cataract surgeries help to reduce surgical time and energy in the eye.
What are my lens options?
Standard IOLs (Single-focus)
Standard IOLs give you sharp, clear focusing power at a single distance, either close up (near vision) or far away (distance vision). They are also called single-focus or monofocal IOLs.
If you choose an IOL for near vision, you wear glasses to drive or see objects at a distance. If your IOL is designed for distance vision, you wear glasses for reading and other close-up activities.
You might choose one IOL for near vision and one for distance. This is called monovision. Our eye surgeon can help you select the best option.
Premium Intraocular Lenses
What does my insurance cover?
When cataracts are advanced enough and surgery is considered medically necessary, health insurance (including Medicare) covers cataract surgery with standard IOLs.
Does insurance cover the upgrade to premium lenses?
No. Health insurance (including Medicare) covers cataract surgery with standard IOLs when your cataracts are advanced enough that surgery is considered medically necessary. Multifocal and Toric IOLs offer the added convenience of reduced dependence on glasses after surgery. Insurance companies don’t consider this benefit a medical necessity, so they do not cover the upgrade to a premium IOL. They do cover the cost of surgery if cataract removal is medically necessary. Our office staff can answer any questions about insurance and payment options.
What are Limbal Relaxing Incisions?
Limbal Relaxing Incisions (LRI for short) are partial thickness incisions made at the outer (non-seeing) edge of the cornea called the limbus, in folks with astigmatism, in order to reduce or even eliminate their need for distance glasses or contacts.
The incisions are strategically placed at the limbus to “relax” the steepest part of the cornea’s curvature, making it more evenly round and thereby correct astigmatism.
LRI is often performed during surgery for cataracts or implantation of intraocular lenses, or can also be done following Corneal transplantation
Cataract Surgery in Lorton and Springfield, VA
Over 1.5 million patients have their cataracts removed every year in the United States. This makes cataract removal one of the most common procedures around. It has a high success rate and is very safe and effective. At the Eye MD, our patients often see clearly very soon after the surgery. We now offer premium intraocular lenses (IOLs) that can eliminate your dependence on contacts or glasses.
At the Eye MD, we are upfront about the procedure and are happy to answer any questions you have before we begin. If you’re in the Lorton or Springfield area and would like to consult about eye surgery, book an appointment online, call us at (571)-285-2020, or visit our office in Lorton, VA.