Cataract Surgery FAQ

Will I still need to wear my glasses?

Most patients who have the a premium lens implant during cataract surgery are able to function at all distances including near vision without the need for glasses. However, some patients may still need the aid of reading glasses to read extremely small print or in dim light.

How long after surgery until I can see my best?

Most patients will see clearly within a day after cataract surgery. This good vision will continue to improve during the next few weeks. Healing time, however, may vary from patient to patient.

Is there an adjustment period after surgery?

Usually, there is not an adjustment period after surgery and good vision is attained fairly quickly. However, everyone's eyes are different and healing times may vary from patient to patient.

Will the surgery hurt?

Most patients will experience little to no operative or post-operative pain. Typically, topical anesthetic drops are placed in the eye and intravenous medications are administered to help patients relax.

What are the risks of this surgery?

As with all surgical procedures, there are risks associated with cataract surgery. These risks need to be discussed thoroughly with your surgeon. Only you and your surgeon can make the decision that surgery is right for you.

What are the differences among near vision, intermediate vision and distance vision?

• Near vision is defined as up-close vision or reading vision.

• Intermediate vision is vision at distances from 2 to 6 feet in distance and includes activities like computer work, reading the dashboard in your car and television viewing.

• Distance vision is looking at far-away objects like traffic signals, watching sporting events and generally looking at any objects farther than 10 feet away.

Is everything covered by my insurance?

When having cataract surgery there are three claims submitted to your health insurance for the surgery. These three claims include Dr. Levine performing the surgery, the facility where the surgery is performed and the anesthesiologist.  These services are fully covered by your insurance minus any copay's, coinsurance, and deductibles you might have. Services like opting for the Laser Cataract Surgery, opting for a better lens like the Tecnis® Multifocal Lens, or opting for the Toric® Astigmatism Correcting Lens are not covered by any insurance and are the financial responsibility of the patient. 

Another out of pocket expense to keep in mind are the required eye drops for cataract surgery. Every insurance has different out of pocket expenses for different medication. Name brand medication tends to cost the patient more then generic medication. On average it cost between 30 and 200 dollars for the medication depending on your and insurance name brand verse generic.