Cataract FAQs

Are cataracts only found in older people?

Cataracts develop slowly over time and mostly affect people over 50 years old. Half the population has a cataract by 65 years old, and nearly everyone has at least one by 75 years old.

How soon after being diagnosed with a Cataract do I need to have surgery?

Cataracts develop slowly and while you may have the beginning of a cataract, if it is not significantly interfering with your vision, your doctor may choose to wait to remove it. You will need to see your eye doctor regularly to monitor your cataracts progress. If the cataract is impairing your vision to the point where it is unsafe to drive, then you should discuss surgery with your doctor.

Is cataract surgery serious?

All surgeries involve some risks and should be treated very seriously. Cataract surgery is the most commonly performed surgery. Choosing an experienced surgeon will reduce the risk of something going wrong.

How is cataract surgery performed?

This outpatient procedure typically lasts 10 to 20 minutes. The procedure is performed under a powerful microscope and involves removing the cataract and inserting an artificial lens to replace the eye’s natural lens. Surgery is done on one eye at a time. If you have cataracts in both eyes, talk with your doctor on timing for getting the second cataract removed.

What are possible side effects of cataract surgery?

Some possible side effects include pain, swelling, infection and bleeding. Complications or side effects from the procedure can be successfully manages with medication or a follow-up procedure. Please talk to your doctor about specific complications you could experience.

How much does cataract surgery cost?

Cost of surgery will vary depending on your specific needs and is covered by most insurances.