If you are 40 or older and cloudy vision is making it difficult to enjoy your regular activities due to cataracts, it’s most likely time to consider cataract surgery. Don’t worry! Cataract surgery is proven to be a successful treatment and is treated as an outpatient procedure, so you’ll be home within a few hours to relax and begin your recovery.
The procedure itself calls for your ophthalmologist to remove the naturally cloudy lens and replace it with an IOL — or intraocular lens — which is an artificial lens used to restore clear vision. The decision has been made to explore surgery options, now the task lies in finding the right surgeon for you to achieve your vision goals. Read on for 5 tips to find a qualified and experienced surgeon to perform your cataract surgery.
1. Ask Your Eye Doctor
Check with your eye doctor. If they are an ophthalmologist, they may be able to also do your cataract surgery. If not, they are one of the best sources for recommendations depending on your needs. When in doubt, ask!
2. Decide on Your Preferred Procedure
Discuss your options with your eye doctor, as this information will help them narrow down their list for the best-recommended ophthalmologist for your cataract surgery. Are you interested in a premium IOL (intraocular lens) or a traditional monofocal lens? The first option could mean you won’t need reading glasses after cataract surgery; the second means you will. Depending on your goals, financial ability, and lifestyle, the answer to which is best for you lies with you and you alone. The best cataract surgeon for you is the one with the most experience with the type of lens you prefer.
3. Ask Family and Friends
Since cataracts are common in adults over 40, with frequency increasing with age, it’s likely you’ll be able to get recommendations from family and friends for cataract surgeons who they have had a positive experience with. Word of mouth is a great way to narrow down your search. Call the laser eye centers of any recommended ophthalmologists and make appointments to meet with them to better your chances of finding a doctor who you’ll be truly comfortable with.
4. Google it
You can do a broad search on cataract surgeons in your area, check reviews, and continue the search until you find a cataract surgeon you like. Another option is to search the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s online tool to find the right ophthalmologist for you. When it comes to the health of your eyes, there’s no such thing as too much research.
5. Do You Feel Comfortable?
This is a key point. No matter how successful or experienced an ophthalmologist may be, if you do not feel comfortable trusting your eyes and vision to them, it’s a definite sign to keep looking until you do.
Call our L.A. Cataract Center to schedule an evaluation today. Our ophthalmologists are ready to answer your questions and get you started on your journey to reclaiming clear vision without cataracts!