Before the procedure —there’s the plan

Some people feel more confident about a task ahead once they make a plan. Here are some steps to consider before surgery to help make you feel as comfortable as possible with your next steps.

Getting started: talking to your eye care provider about cataract lens options

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Step 1: Research
If you’re on this site, you’re already one step ahead.
  • Familiarize yourself with cataracts and other eye conditions, like astigmatism.
  • Learn about other symptoms you could be experiencing as well, and when you might be ready for surgery.
  • Get to know your lens replacement options, once you’re comfortable with the condition and your vision needs.
  • Discover your surgery options to help you choose between a manual surgery or a bladeless laser-assisted surgical procedure.
Step 2: Make an appointment
  • Talk to your surgeon to get screened for cataracts, if you’ve not already been diagnosed.
  • Ask for a consultation to discuss lens options before your procedure, once you know you’re ready for surgery.
  • Be sure to discuss the cost and any payment options offered by your cataract surgeon.
Remember, you don’t have to decide which lens replacement you want on the spot. Take the time to understand your options.
Step 3: Schedule your cataract surgery
  • Take the time to ensure you plan your surgery for when you can really focus on healing. While this procedure is minimally invasive, you’ll need time to recover.
  • Decide how many days you want to take off work, or have a friend or family member help you around the home. On average, people take two days off from work for their surgery.
Step 4: Prepare the night before
  • Gather a list of your medications and any documents your doctor asked you to bring on the day of surgery.

Considering cataract surgery costs?

Cataract surgery costs can depend on many things, like where you live, who performs your surgery, and the type of replacement lens you and your surgeon choose.

Medicare and private insurance often cover some of the costs of a standard lens. Advanced-technology lenses—like astigmatism-correcting lenses (toric IOLs) or multifocal toric lenses—are not covered by insurance.

Choosing a lens for cataract surgery is an important decision. Your new lens will change the way you see the world around you, so you'll want to choose something that's right for you.

Because of this, many people feel that paying extra for an advanced-technology lens is a wise investment. If you’d like to improve your vision and have the chance to see without your glasses but are unsure about costs, talk to your surgeon about payment plans that may be available.

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