Cataract FAQs

Q: How long does cataract surgery take?

A: Cataract surgery typically takes only 10-15 minutes, but you should plan on being at the surgery center for about 2-3 hours to include preoperative preparation and post-op instruction.

Q: How long is the recovery time?

A: Generally, patients fully recover in about a week. Typically, patients experience blurry vision immediately following surgery, which will require a driver to take you home. Some patients even resume work the day after surgery, but we recommend taking a day off if at all possible.

Q: What is the difference between a basic lens and a premium lens?

A: In general, greater independence. A premium lens will provide a greater range of focus than a basic intra-ocular lens.

Q: Is a premium lens covered by insurance?

A: For almost all cases, no. This does add some out-of-pocket expense to the patient. However, it is worth noting that the majority of cataract surgery cost is still covered by medical insurance.

Q: Is a premium lens worth it?

A: We look at it this way: there are very few investments you can make that you will use every waking moment for the rest of your life. A premium intra-ocular lens (IOL) is one such investment. If it is something that you can afford, then it is something worth having. If a premium IOL is something that you are interested in, we recommend mentioning it at your cataract surgery consultation.