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CATARACT SURGERY

Your Cataract Treatment Options at Ocala Eye 

Ocala Eye cataract patients benefit from a range of surgical and lens implant options which allows their post-operative vision to best match their visual lifestyle and needs. These choices – HD Everywhere, HD Distance, Standard Plus and Standard – are attainable through state of the art advancements in surgical eye care. We personally tailor each treatment to help our patients choose the proper combination of diagnostics, surgical approach, and visual outcome that is right for them. 

Laser assisted cataract surgery? Sure, we have that.

Eye surgery has included laser technology for decades, but use of the femtosecond laser in cataract surgery has only recently evolved. It now represents a true medical value to our cataract patients. Femtosecond laser assisted-cataract surgery helps surgeons create more precise incisions, safer lens capsule openings, and reduces lens removal time. This means less ultrasound energy is needed to remove the cataract. Critical incisions can also be now performed with greater accuracy than standard techniques. Not all cataract surgeries will include the femtosecond laser use. Laser cataract surgery may, however, be included when you elect one of our HD cataract treatment options.

Cataract Surgery: What should you expect?

Before cataract surgery is scheduled, your doctor will check your eyes and determine if you’re a good candidate for this procedure. If cataract surgery is recommended, your Ocala Eye doctor will review the different package options available and give recommendations based on your visual needs and lifestyle. At Ocala Eye, each patient is given his or her own Vision Care Specialist that will take their unique measurements, review the procedure in great detail, and aid throughout the pre-operative process.

The operation itself entails making a tiny incision in the eye. Through this incision, your surgeon inserts an instrument about the size of a pen tip. This instrument uses ultrasound to vaporize and vacuum the cloudy lens and thereby removes it from the eye. Once the cataract is removed, your Ocala Eye surgeon will replace your eye’s natural lens with a permanent new artificial intraocular lens implant (or IOL) through the same tiny incision and set it carefully into position. Cataract surgery is a modern outpatient procedure that generally takes less than 20 minutes. A topical anesthetic is used for minimal discomfort and most individuals require no stiches or special patching.

After surgery, you’ll be prescribed eye drops that guard against infection and aid in the healing process. It is very important to follow the eye drop schedule given by your surgeon and Vison Care Specialist. Avoid rubbing your eyes, lifting heavy objects, and swimming for the first two weeks following surgery. Every patient will go through a series of post-op visits for several weeks following cataract surgery to make sure the eye is healing properly.

Recovery time after surgery is generally quick and usually occurs within a few days after the procedure. Most patients notice better vision soon after surgery and continue to see improvement in vision over the following weeks. 

More than 1.8 million people have cataract surgery each year in the United States, and more than 95% of those surgeries are performed with no complications.

Why do some cataract surgery procedures cost more?

Advancements in Cataract Surgery have surpassed the ability for Medicare and other insurance entities to cover the latest medical technologies and diagnostic testing. The doctors of Ocala Eye believe the patient should have a choice in selection among medical technologies, diagnostic safety tests and visual outcomes to best suit their needs. For more information we advise an appointment with one of our physicians who can review all your options and determine if surgery is right for you. Our well-trained pre-op staff can also answer most cataract surgery questions at 352-622-5183.

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