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Traditional vs. Laser Cataract Surgery

Laser-assisted cataract surgery is a much more accurate procedure than traditional cataract surgery, but not every cataract case is ideally positioned to have it. Laser cataract surgery is much more expensive than traditional surgery, and its benefits do not always make it cost-effective. Traditional Cataract Surgery Procedure Traditional cataract surgery is known as phacoemulsification. The […]

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Cataract Eye Drops: Types, Uses, Pre-Surgery, Post-Surgery & More

Cataract eye drops can refer to several different kinds of drops that have legitimate use in cataract treatment.  Dilation and numbing drops commonly get prescribed in the days leading up to surgery. Antibiotic and anti-inflammatory drops can help in the recovery process, reducing the risk of complications. Artificial tears can help if a patient experiences […]

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What Causes Cataracts?

Most often, cataracts are due to normal eye changes that occur with aging. Other potential causes include genetics, physical injury, continuous eye exposure to UV light, and underlying diseases like diabetes.  Different Causes for Different Types of Cataracts Cataracts often affect people during the advanced ages in life, and they manifest as clouded or blurred […]

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Types of Cataracts: Symptoms, Causes & Treatments

A cataract refers to a cloudy area on the lens of the eye. Most commonly, cataracts are age-related and occur as part of the natural aging process.  There are many different types of cataracts. These are some of the most common: Age-related cataracts Traumatic cataracts Radiation cataracts Pediatric cataracts Secondary cataracts Changes in the lens […]

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Does Cataract Surgery Hurt?

Cataract surgery is considered a pain-free procedure. It is one of the most commonly performed surgeries. You’ll be awake during the surgery, but there is little to no physical discomfort involved. A mild sedative is used to numb the eyes.  Why Doesn’t Cataract Surgery Hurt? The numbing eye drops that are used ensure that you […]

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Does Medicare Cover Cataract Surgery?

Yes, Medicare covers the majority of cataract surgery if it is deemed medically necessary. Medicare Part B covers 80 percent of the cost after the deductible is met.  Since Medicare Advantage plans cover the same services as Original Medicare, they will also cover cataract surgery. Exact coverage under a Medicare Advantage plan will depend on […]

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Understand Cataract Surgery Side Effects & Complications

Cataract surgery is considered to be one of the safest procedures.  The risk of serious complications from cataract surgery is estimated by the NHS to be around 1 in 50 cases. A quarter of these are due to surgical complications. For most patients, cataract surgery is easy, fast, and free from issues. After surgery, vision […]

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How to Prevent Cataracts: Tips, Diet & Lifestyle Changes

Unfortunately, there is no sure way to prevent cataracts. But making lifestyle changes, such as eating healthy foods, limiting alcohol, wearing sunglasses, and drinking water, can help reduce the likelihood of getting them.  Below, we discuss different tips, diet, and lifestyle changes that can help prevent cataracts. How to Prevent Cataracts According to the American Academy […]

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Types of Cataract Surgery: Phaco vs. Extracapsular

There are three types of cataract surgery, with phaco, or small incision, being the most recommended and performed. Laser-guided cataract surgery may become increasingly common in the future. Types of Cataract Surgery Cataract surgery is one of the most common and well-understood types of eye surgery. Many people undergo cataract surgery and receive an artificial […]

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Recovery From Cataract Surgery: Timeline & Tips for Healing

Recovery from cataract surgery generally takes one to two months. Cataract surgery is very common, so if you are at risk of cataracts or have a cataract, you may wonder what healing after the operation is like. This surgery is well studied and well understood, so the recovery process is known to be simple if […]

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Natural Remedies to Cataracts: Do These Actually Work?

Homeopathic, natural, complementary, or at-home cataract “cures” or “treatments” do not work. They can put you at risk of damaging your vision. People who develop cataracts may wish for a cure so they can avoid surgery, but unfortunately, there are no alternatives to eventually removing the natural lens of the eye and replacing it with […]

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Cataracts Signs & Symptoms You Need to Be Aware Of

You are unlikely to notice symptoms of a cataract until it has developed significantly, but your optometrist or ophthalmologist will be able to see a cataract during a routine eye exam. Cataracts occur when proteins in the lens of your eye become damaged and begin to clump, stream, or blur your eyesight. If you develop […]