Not all cataracts need treatment. However, the only true treatment for cataracts is surgical removal. The appropriate time for surgery is when you are no longer able to do those activities you need or want to do. Maybe you can no longer drive at night, or the captions on the television screen are undecipherable even with your glasses on. Maybe the lens has become so clouded that even examination by your eye doctor makes treatment of your eye condition difficult.
There are many reasons to remove the cataract, however it is rare that surgery must be done for an urgent medical condition. That means, that when it comes time for you to have surgery, we can take the time to discuss the choices available. We can plan when it is convenient for you to have the procedure without rushing to a decision.
Today, we have a variety of choices of how to do the surgery, and what type of replacement lens implant to use to correct your sight, after we remove the clouded lens that is blocking your vision.
One of the reasons I enjoy being an eye surgeon, ophthalmologist, is because of the number of choices we can now offer patients. We can tailor a surgery that fits best with what you want and your lifestyle. There are wonderful options across the board. Most of the options are covered by the various health insurances but not all. I can tell you with confidence that whichever decision you make, we will only offer you what we feel is best suited to your eyes and that you will receive a top quality surgery. Some choices cost more than others, and some have no added cost, but all are superb options.
We are currently the only practice in Solano County to offer the latest surgical technique called laser cataract surgery (Femto Phaco or Refractive Laser Assisted Cataract Surgery - ReLACS). Please ask us about this exciting new surgical offering.