Cataract Surgeons

Only ophthalmologists   Ophthalmologist: A physician (doctor of medicine or doctor of osteopathy) qualified to diagnose, manage, and treat all eye and visual system disorders. An ophthalmologist is trained to render total eye care, including vision services, contact lenses, eye examinations, medical eye care, and surgical eye care.   can perform cataract surgery. Ophthalmologists are medical doctors who have completed 4 years of medical school, an internship and 3 or more years of training in surgery and treatment of eye diseases.

Choosing a Surgeon

Cataract surgeons work in a field of constantly evolving techniques, equipment, and replacement lenses.   Lens: The transparent disc behind the pupil that brings light into focus on the retina.   This is good news if you're considering cataract surgery because now you have more options. But those same options can make the decision-making process overwhelming without the proper professional advice.

But finding the right surgeon can feel like a scary task. You may need to interview several before you find one you feel comfortable trusting your eyes to. Treat it like any other interview, and you’re in the driver’s seat.

Here are some questions you may wish to discuss with your eye doctor when considering cataract surgery to make sure he or she is the right surgeon and you are the right candidate.

  • How advanced are my cataracts?
  • What are my treatment options?
  • What are the different types of intraocular lenses (IOLs)?
  • Which IOL is best for me and why?
  • When would you recommend I seek treatment?
  • How much does cataract surgery cost?
  • What is the surgical process like?
  • Who will perform the actual surgical procedure? You, or a technician?
  • How long does the entire process usually take?
  • What are the different cataract surgery risks I should be concerned with?
  • Will any of my other eye conditions affect my treatment options?
  • What medications will you likely prescribe before and after the procedure?
  • Will any of the prescriptions I’m taking complicate the surgical or recovery process?
  • Should I care for my eyes prior to surgery?
  • Are there any things I need to think about between now and treatment?
  • Is there anything I should or shouldn't do?
  • Is there anything I need to tell my family or caregiver?
  • How much time should I plan to take off from work?
  • When can I resume everyday activities?
  • How should I care for my eyes in the meantime?
  • What should I wear on the day of the surgery?
  • When is the latest I can eat or drink?
  • What can I do to avoid complications after the procedure?
  • What are some red flags for serious complications after surgery?
  • What should I do if problems occur?

For your convenience, here is a PDF of questions. Just print and take them with you: Questions to Ask Your Doctor

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