A cataract is an eye condition that is characterized by the clear lens of an eye becoming opaque or cloudy and thus causing a decrease in vision. It is the role of lens to focus light on the back of eye, also known as the retina making images to appear clear and without any distortion. When this lens becomes cloudy as a result of a cataract formation, it causes a distortion of vision. Cataracts appear in the normal and gradual aging process but can at times occur rapidly. When cataracts begin to affect vision, they can be removed through surgery. However, the decision to undertake cataracts surgery depends on the individual surgery and a doctor will be best placed to advise whether to proceed with the surgery or not.
What is cataract surgery?
Cataract surgery involves the removal of the eye’s natural lens after it has developed a cataract. During the surgery, the cloudy natural lens is removed and replaced with a synthetic one.
Candidates for cataracts surgery
For individuals with a significant loss of vision, surgery is recommended. However, it is not advisable to undergo a surgery if you have other eye diseases that are unrelated to cataracts but limits your vision. Sometimes, after undergoing a previous eye surgery or trauma to the eye, a cataract can make it difficult for the eye-care professional to see the retina. In such cases, it may be advisable to have the cataract removed so as to enable a further optic or retinal nerve evaluation and also to enable treatment to occur. The surgery mode can be tailor made to meet the need the coexisting medical condition of the patient. Minimal sedation is required for cataract surgery and the operation doesn’t take more than 30 minutes.
Cost of cataract surgery
There are many variables that affect the cost of cataract surgery. These include the type of procedure and the intraocular lens (IOL) to be implanted into the eye. The cost can also differ from one area to the other. However, the average cost of cataract surgery in the United States is around $3,429 per eye. But if you need a presbyopia-correcting intraocular lens for the cataract procedure, the cost will rise to an average of $4,269 per eye.
The good news is that most of those who require the surgery are covered by health insurance such as Medicare, as these aspects of the procedure are medically essential. When you feel as if you need the procedure, you should contact an eye-care professional.