What are cataracts?
A cataract is a clouding of the lens of the eye. Cataracts are a common cause of vision loss and cannot be reversed. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cataracts affect more than 20.5 million Americans over the age of 40.
Unfortunately, cataracts cannot be prevented; however, you can slow down the development of cataracts by wearing sunglasses with UVA and UVB protection and eating a diet rich in anti-oxidants.
A routine eye exam with your L.O. Eye Care doctor can determine whether or not you have cataracts.
Do I have cataracts?
As a cataract slowly develops, you may not notice any vision changes that affect your everyday activities. However, as the cataract matures, it may create cloudy or blurry vision with increased difficulty to see at night. The cataract could also cause light sensitivity and/or halos around lights.
To see how cataracts can affect your vision over time, use this cataract vision simulator.
What are the costs involved with cataract surgery?
Payment options can vary based on the type of insurance you have and the surgical options you choose. In most cases, monofocal or basic lens procedure costs are covered by Medicare (if you are eligible) and most private insurance plans. If you choose a multifocal or toric lens, there will most likely be additional out-of-pocket costs. Please check with your insurance company to determine your coverage.