How to Pick the Right Eye Surgeon for Cataract Surgery

How to Pick the Right Eye Surgeon for Cataract Surgery

March 14th, 2024

Being told that you need to have cataract surgery can be an overwhelming experience. While removing your cataracts can guide your way to better vision, any surgical treatment can trigger feelings of anxiety. 

Finding the right eye surgeon can ease your mind and assure you that your eyes are in the best possible hands. Keep reading to learn how to pick the right eye surgeon for cataract surgery

Professional Experience 

When considering cataract surgery, you’ll want to feel as confident as possible in your eye surgeon. One indication of qualifications is board certifications. 

Certification from the American Board of Ophthalmology means a surgeon has met rigorous professional qualifications. You may also choose to ask your eye surgeon about the following:

  • Their experience in performing cataract surgery
  • How many times they’ve performed the procedure 
  • What kind of initial training they received 
  • What training do they use to keep up with the latest technological advances?  

What Lenses Do They Use?

The intraocular lens is one of the most important factors in cataract surgery. The IOLs used in cataract surgery are corrective, like visual aids such as glasses or contacts. 

Monofocal IOLs 

Monofocal IOLs correct vision at one distance, so you will still need glasses for some activities. Monofocal lenses come in fixed-focus or accommodating-focus varieties, but only fixed-focus lenses are covered by insurance.

Multifocal IOLs 

Multifocal IOLs correct vision at several distances, reducing or eliminating the need for glasses after surgery. These lenses are like glasses with bifocal or progressive lenses.

Toric IOLs 

Toric IOLs correct vision issues associated with astigmatism. 

Ask what types of IOLs an eye surgeon offers to ensure they can give you the lenses that will work best for your vision needs. 

Insurance and Financing

Many insurance plans cover necessary cataract surgery. Your eye surgeon at Laser Eye Center can help you understand if your plan covers your treatment, and if so, our staff can help you file a claim. 

Insurance doesn’t cover premium IOLs, which require an out-of-pocket cost. However, this initial cost often pays itself due to the reduced need for visual aids. 

Ask if Laser Eye Center offers payment plans or other financing options to cover any costs your insurance doesn’t pay. 

Get References

Talking to people you know and trust about their experiences with cataract surgery can help you choose the right surgeon. For example, your eye doctor could recommend Laser Eye Center in Huntsville, AL. 

In addition, talk to friends or family members about their experiences with cataract surgery. Personal referrals from friends or family could help you make the right choice for yourself.  

Visit the Office

Before you can undergo cataract surgery, you’ll need to schedule a consultation. During your consultation, you can meet the surgeon face to face and see if you feel comfortable working with them. You’ll also have a chance to meet the staff helping you with the logistics of your procedure and follow-up.  

Are you ready to start seeing clearer? Schedule an appointment at Laser Eye Center in Huntsville, AL, to learn more about cataract surgery today!