A cataract is a clouding of the lens in the eye that distorts vision. The lens is the clear part of the eye that helps to focus light or an image on the retina.
In a normal eye, light passes through the transparent lens to the retina. Light is then changed into nerve signals that are sent to the brain. If the lens is cloudy from a cataract, the image is blurred.
Common Symptoms of Cataracts
The primary symptoms of cataracts include:
- unclear or blurry vision
- diminished color vision
- glare with poor night vision
- sometimes, double or multiple images in one eye
The good news is that they can be fixed quickly (literally within minutes) with outpatient cataract surgery.
Cataract Surgery Success Rates: 2 Surprising Statistics
The American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS) reports that the overall success rate of cataract surgery is greater than 98%.
In addition, a study of more than 200,000 Medicare Beneficiaries found that 99.5% of patients had no severe postoperative complications.
These statistics have made cataract surgery the best option to solve this medical condition. But despite the super-high success rate, there are a number of questions you should ask (and have answered) before you have cataract surgery.
What Insurance Plans Cover Cataract Surgery?
One question you no doubt have concerns insurance coverage.
The good news is that cataract surgery is covered by Medicare and most other medical insurance plans. Contact your plan’s provider to determine the full extent of your coverage.
34 Questions to Ask Before You Have Cataract Surgery
As noted above, there are several questions you should have answered prior to having cataract surgery. That’s why we created this free guide:
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