Diary of My Cataract Surgery/Procedure, Chapter 2

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Diary of My Cataract Surgery/Procedure

Tab: Health

Topic: Cataract Surgery, Chapter 2

The next step for cataract surgery was the first appointment with the surgeon, which would include my eyes being dilated, so I would not be able to drive home.  Luckily, my nephew was able to go with me and deliver me back home. 

We arrived at the appointment about 15 minutes early, and filled out paperwork – a patient history, questionnaires and releases for the tests to follow and lots of signatures that I had received this or that piece of paper. 

A doctor of Optometry examined my eyes and we discussed options for the types of lenses that would replace the clouded lens in my eye.  To my understanding, the types are as follows:

  1.  The basic type of lens is covered by Medicare as a replacement lens.  It is anatomically correct but has no type of correction for any current eye condition, such as near or far-sightedness.  Out of pocket cost to the patient is zero.
  2. There is a lens which is anatomically correct and does correct most near or far-sightedness.  My brother got this type.  He is happy with it and only uses glasses for reading.  Out of pocket cost to him was about $1000. per eye. 
  3. There is a new type of lens called a Crystallens.  It is able to be focused by one’s own eye muscles, so it helps a wider range of sight for near and far-sightedness, which reduces the need for the dreaded bifocal or ‘reading’ glasses, after the cataract surgery.    I chose this one, even though it takes a month or so for one’s eye to adjust for the best vision.  It still may not be perfect, but it is better.  And it costs more also, about $2500 per eye.  But hopefully, I will not need the reading glasses.  I am apprehensive, but many people have had this done, and it seems to be worth trying. 

At this first appointment at the surgeon’s office, everyone was great.  I met the surgeon, who said I was a good candidate for this and he also said that the incision in the cornea would be made by a laser.  It would theoretically be more precise than even his hand, even though he has done thousands of these procedures personally.  The cost for this initial appointment with the surgeon was $390 out of pocket.  It was not covered by Medicare or Medicare Supplement insurance.

My eyes were dilated, and everything went according to plan.  I signed many types of releases for medical information and that many things were explained to me.

Again, please remember that this is my personal experience and it may differ from that of other people, even though we are aiming at the same result – better vision!  On to Chapter 3.

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