Am I a Candidate for Cataract Surgery with Vision-Correcting IOLs?

If you are a good candidate for cataract surgery, it is likely you are a candidate for today’s advanced vision correcting intraocular lens technology. Your optometrist and/or ophthalmologist should perform a comprehensive eye exam to check the overall health of your eyes, evaluate whether there are reasons why you should not have surgery and identify any risk factors you might have.

As part of your comprehensive eye exam, a refraction will be performed to determine the amount of nearsightedness, farsightedness and/or astigmatism you have prior to surgery. Other measurements will be taken to help your cataract surgeon select the proper power of the intraocular lens and give you the best vision possible after surgery.

Be aware that not everyone is a good candidate for vision-correcting IOLs, and choosing some IOL technologies will increase the out-of-pocket cost of your cataract surgery, since the added cost of these advanced lens implants may not be covered by Medicare or other insurance plans. It is important to discuss your options with your surgeon.

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