Frequently Asked Questions
- Increasing loss or blurring of vision resulting in frequent eye glass prescription changes
- Increasing sensitivity to light
- Glare or halo at night
- Colors may appear more yellowed and not as bright
- Vision may appear distorted like looking through wax paper or rain.
A complete physical is required prior to the surgery to ensure the patient’s overall physical health. Surgery is performed on one eye with the second eye usually being scheduled two weeks later.
During the surgery a topical anesthetic is applied to numb the eye. Dr. Balin will make a small incision into the eye which is usually self-healing requiring no stitches. Using an ultra sound emitting probe, Dr. Balin will direct the probe at the cataract using the sound waves from the probe to break the cataract into tiny microscopic pieces which are then gently suctioned from the eye. Once the impaired natural lens is removed completely, the new intraocular lens will be inserted through the small incision and positioned.
Following treatment an eye patch will be placed over the treated eye to protect the eye and you will be given instructions for follow up care. You will need a driver to drive you home and a driver for the one day appointment which will be scheduled at Balin Eye & Laser Center.
For patients undergoing traditional cataract surgery, Dr. Balin offers a standard monofocal intraocular lens which is usually set to offer vision at one distance. Although the monofocal lens can be chosen to achieve either distance, near or in-between vision, most patients select the lens for clear distance vision. Patients who elect a monofocal lens for distance vision will greatly reduce or even eliminate their need for distance vision glasses. However, they may need reading glasses for up-close and even in-between vision.
For patients who are electing to have Refractive Cataract Surgery, an insurance benefit may apply to the cataract surgery, however, it will not cover the additional costs for the pre and post operative care associated with the refractive lens replacement. The additional testing, surgical expertise and follow up care involved with a premium lens will be the patient’s responsibility. These costs will be quoted at the cataract comprehensive exam. We do offer Financing options.