Surgery / Premium IOL FAQS

Is cataract surgery painful?
Since cataract surgery is performed under local (or eye drop) anesthesia, there is generally no pain whatsoever during the operation. Afterwards, most patients experience little or no discomfort.

What are the risks with cataract surgery?
As with any surgical procedure, cataract surgery involves risks, including, but not limited to infection, swelling of the retina (cystoid macular edema), retinal detachment, injury to the cornea, and even blindness. Dr. Doka and Dr. Vazquez go to extraordinary lengths to minimize these risks, but this is why they do not operate on everyone with cataracts. The decision to have cataract surgery is always an individual one, and in each case, they will weigh the risk/benefit ratio to determine if cataract surgery is appropriate for you. Despite these rare complications, cataract surgery is one of the most successful of all surgeries.

How soon will I be able to resume my normal activities after cataract surgery?

In most cases, patients are able to resume their normal activities within 48 hours after surgery. The combination of no-stitch surgery with foldable implants allows patients to recover their vision much more quickly than with older techniques. Eye drops are used to reduce the risks of infection and inflammation during the first month after surgery.

Will I still need to wear glasses after cataract surgery?
As with refractive surgery, we try to reduce your dependence on glasses and contact lenses after cataract surgery. We use computers to help calculate the power of your intraocular lens so that the glasses you wear after surgery will usually be thinner. Although many patients are able to function without glasses, most patients will find that they need glasses for near vision or distance vision, or both after cataract surgery. New advances in Premium Intraocular Lens Implants have made is possible to reduce the need for glasses altogether.

What is a Premium Intraocular Lens Implant?
After your natural lens is replaced in cataract surgery, your doctor will replace it with an Intraocular Lens (IOL). West Texas Eye Associates offer cataract patients the AcrySof Toric IOL. It provides the patient including those who have who has corneal astigmatism to have the best distance vision after cataract surgery.

How do I choose the IOL that is best for me?

Your doctor talk about the advantages of choosing a Premium IOL rather than a monovision IOL after discussing your vision needs and lifestyle. It is important to note that Premium IOLS are not covered by insurance at this time.

Is cataract surgery covered by insurance?

In nearly all cases, cataract surgery is covered by health insurance in the same manner as it would apply to surgery for any other disease. Our insurance staff can verify your coverage prior to the procedure. If you are choosing a Premium IOL, we have financing options available.