When do I need to have cataract surgery?
The decision to have cataract surgery is personal and should be based on your own lifestyle. Cloudy vision sometimes will interfere with the things you need to do, such as driving, reading, or working. When this occurs, you may want to consider having surgery. Keep in mind that there is no right time to have cataract surgery. In almost all cases, the results of the surgery will be the same, no matter when you have it.
How do you treat glaucoma?
Glaucoma can be treated with eye drops, laser treatments, or surgery. Eye drops are very commonly used to lower eye pressure. There are a wide variety of drops used, which vary in price and dosing schedules. Laser procedures also can treat many cases of glaucoma without the unpleasant side effects of some eye drops. Surgery is usually reserved for more severe cases of glaucoma that cannot be controlled with eye drops or lasers.
Does insurance pay for eyelid surgery?
Since drooping eyelids interfere with the field of vision and diminish the amount of light entering the eye, most insurance companies will cover eyelid surgery. The field of vision must be measured, the eyelids taped up, and the test repeated. If this demonstrates at least a certain degree of vision loss, it may meet the insurance company’s requirements for eligibility.
Am I a candidate for LASIK surgery?
If you are over 21, wear glasses to see at distance, have otherwise healthy eyes, and have not had a change in your prescription for at least six months, you may be a candidate for LASIK. More specific testing can be done in the office to further determine if LASIK surgery is for you.
Does the quality of lenses in my glasses affect how I see?
Absolutely, especially with no-line bifocals. There is a dramatic difference between brands of progressive lenses in relation to the quality of transition from distance to near. Many people who have tried no-line bifocals have failed to become comfortable wearing them due to brand and fit.