Archive for April, 2020

Four Steps to Finding the Right Cataract Surgeon for you

If cloudy vision from cataracts is making your daily activities more complicated, it’s time to consider having cataract surgery.

Choosing the right eye surgeon is the most critical step you will take during your surgery journey. And the right surgeon can make the difference between a ‘meh’ outcome and an amazing one.

Follow these four steps to find an expert and qualified eye surgeon that fits your needs. 

Talk to your regular eye doctor.

Talk with your current eye doctor about who they may recommend for your surgery. Your doctor will have some good references for you, depending on what you need. For example, you may decide to get a premium lens instead of a traditional lens, or you may want bladeless surgery instead of manual incision. These are essential factors to consider before you take the next step.

Get recommendations from family and friends.

Cataract surgery is so common that you more than likely have some friends, neighbors, or family members who have undergone the procedure. When you decide it’s time for surgery, ask around for some recommendations. Here are a few questions to ask someone who has undergone standard cataract surgery:

  • Did the surgeon take the time to explain the procedure, including potential complications?
  • Was the patient fully aware of all options, including the types of lenses that were available?
  • Did the patient feel comfortable and safe before, during, and after surgery?
  • Was the surgeon’s staff courteous and knowledgeable throughout the entire process?
  • Did they explain the billing process?
  • Was the outcome successful? If not, why not?
  • Was follow-up care given promptly and clearly?

As you sort through recommendations of friends and family using these questions, you’ll be able to narrow down your choices.

Research online.

When you are looking for a place for dinner, past reviews are important. When searching for a cataract surgeon, reviews are crucial, so use patient testimonials to your advantage.

Many sites allow former patients to describe their experience with surgeons and practices. You can look for reviews on Google, Yelp, and more. Positive reviews are often posted on the surgeon’s website. While they provide valuable information, keep in mind that these are subjective. Also, keep this in mind while reading negative reviews as well. Evaluating reviews from strangers can be tricky. However, if you see a trend of negative reviews and unhappy patients, it’s best to choose another surgeon. As usual, always follow your gut instinct.

Things to consider while searching.

You should consider several factors in selecting the right surgeon to perform your operation. These include:

  • Credentials: The cataract surgeon you choose should be board certified in ophthalmology. This means your surgeon has the training and skills necessary to perform eye surgery.
  • Experience: The more experience a surgeon has in removing cataracts, the better prepared he or she is to handle and prevent complications.
  • Surgical Options: Your cataract surgeon will replace the lens in your eye with an artificial one. Several types are available, so be sure to discuss all of this with the surgeon. Make sure the doctor you choose will implant the kind of lens that you want and is best for you.

When it comes to choosing the best cataract surgeon for you, the most important thing is to not rush to a decision. Investigate your options and do the proper research to ensure that you are entirely comfortable with your choice. Be cautious and spend as much time as necessary to make the right choice.

Laura L. Harris, M.D., F.A.C.S., and her team have been providing exceptional specialized surgical care to patients in the Wilmington area since 1998.

Having performed her own father’s cataract surgery, she knows how important the decision is to every patient and understands that the complete experience, from the initial consultation to post-surgery follow-up, should be conducted with the highest quality of care and consideration.

If you are ready to take your eyesight to the next level, contact us today!

Five Things you Need to Know About Cataract Surgery

Cataracts are an eye condition that causes the lens of the eye to become clouded, reducing vision. Unlike glaucoma, which affects the optic nerve and cannot be reversed, cataracts can be treated with eye surgery by an ophthalmologist.

The advances in cataract surgery in recent decades have been amazing, and the patients are benefiting greatly. Still, many people are hesitant to undergo surgery, but it’s important to understand that cataract surgery is a safe and routine procedure.

So you can have a better idea of what to expect, here are five things you need to know about cataract surgery:

What are cataracts?

Before considering surgery, you must fully educate yourself about what cataracts are.

A cataract occurs when the natural lens of the eye becomes clouded. This can occur in one or both eyes, though it cannot be transferred or spread from one eye to the other. When a cataract obstructs the lens, it cannot focus properly on images, which results in objects appearing blurred or dull. This condition cannot be prevented or corrected by medication. In essence, the most effective way to treat a cataract is through surgery to completely replace the old, clouded lens with a new, artificial lens.

For most patients, this surgery completely transforms their vision and dramatically improves their quality of life. There are several common signs that a patient has developed a cataract, including:

  • Cloudy or blurry vision.
  • Poor night vision.
  • Difficulty with glare — headlights, lamps, or sunlight may appear too bright, or a halo may appear around lights.
  • Double vision or multiple images in one eye.
  • Frequent prescription changes in your eyeglasses or contact lenses.

Cataracts are common.

Cataracts are very prevalent and are the number one cause of vision loss globally. According to an article in Consumer Reports, about 24.5 million people in the U.S. have cataracts. More than half of all Americans will have undergone cataract surgery by the age of 80, and more than 3.5 million cataract surgeries are performed annually. Because of the many operations, and hours of experience, cataract surgery is one of the safest and most effective types of operations.

Surgeries are rising, and the age of patients is dropping.

The annual number of cataract surgeries is increasing annually, and the average age of the surgery patient is dropping. Research indicates that the rate of cataract surgery had increased five times since 1980, and the average age of a patient undergoing cataract surgery has now decreased to 65.

The recovery time is short.

Immediately after surgery, vision can be very blurry, and you will need assistance in getting home. The results, of course, vary per person, but many patients state that their vision begins to improve within a few days of the surgery. You should be completely healed a month after your surgery.

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You need to invest in yourself.

Some also believe that vision loss and its restrictive impact should be accepted as part of the aging process. However, research has shown that cataract surgery has a far-reaching impact on the quality of people’s lives. Now is the time to focus on yourself and make your health a priority. Think of cataract surgery as an investment in your future and your health. Check out our patient financing options here!

Cataract surgery can dramatically improve both your vision and quality of life. However, it is a decision that requires a lot of thought and research.

Contact our team at Cataract Consultants today for an evaluation to find out if you could be the right candidate for cataract surgery.