What are Cataracts?
Cataracts are one of the most common age-related vision conditions. They occur when your eye's lens becomes cloudy due to the aging process. This causes light to scatter instead of focusing properly on the retina. If left untreated, cataracts will result in blurry vision. Your cataract symptoms will become progressively worse as your eye's lens becomes cloudier.
Fortunately, cataract eye surgery is a safe and effective way to restore clear vision. According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the benefits of cataract surgery include 40% lower mortality rate for patients who have the surgery, 16% decrease in the odds of having a hip fracture after surgery, and a 13% decrease in the odds of having a car accident after having cataract surgery. The best way to determine whether cataract surgery is the right option for you is to speak with Dr. Chris Walton in person. Please call (251) 250-0668 to schedule a consultation and cataract diagnosis at our Mobile ophthalmology office.
All About Cataract Surgery
Cataract Surgery with LenSx® Laser Assistance
Dr. Walton offers laser cataract surgery with the LenSx® laser system. LenSx is the most advanced laser technology used for cataract surgery. This laser system automates several steps of the procedure, which improves precision and efficiency. It offers you the following benefits compared with other cataract surgery techniques:
- Creates precise incisions in the cornea to correct astigmatism or to access the cataract
- Uses a computer-controlled, bladeless laser to remove the outer layer of the lens
- Emulsifies and fragments the cataract with less ultrasonic energy than conventional techniques
- Computer mapping of your eye provides for a 100% customized procedure
- Faster recovery time and better outcome than other cataract surgery techniques
The high levels of precision achieved with the LenSx laser ensure you receive the best possible cataract surgery results. Very few ophthalmologists in the Mobile area have the training necessary to use LenSx technology.
Premium Intraocular Lens (IOL) Options
Cataract surgery restores clear vision by replacing your eye's clouded lens with an artificial intraocular lens (IOL). Dr. Walton not only uses the most advanced laser technology for your procedure; he also offers some of the finest quality IOLs.
Dr. Walton offers the following premium IOL options:
One of these premium IOLs is always used in conjunction with laser cataract eye surgery. This ensures you will achieve the best possible vision correction after your procedure.
Conventional Cataract Surgery
Conventional cataract surgery does not utilize a laser, but it has been used for decades, and has a long-standing record of safety and effectiveness. This technique is performed with handheld surgical instruments. The instruments are used to complete many of the steps completed by the laser in LenSx technique.
Both types of cataract surgery access the cataract via an incision in the cornea. Both techniques break apart the cataract with "phacoemulsification," which is the process of emulsifying the lens with ultrasonic energy. The fragments are then removed. It is true that the laser-assisted version requires less phaco to fragment the cataract. Some ophthalmologists believe laser assistance reduces risks and improves visual outcomes.
If you wear glasses, you will still need to wear them after conventional cataract surgery. That's another advantage of the laser version – you will no longer need your prescription eyeglasses, and you might not even need readers. The visual outcomes produced by the LenSx are ideal.
Will I Need Glasses After Cataract Surgery? Dr. Walton Explains
Cataract Surgery and Insurance Coverage
Insurance is often the reason people choose the conventional technique. Most insurance policies do not cover any portion of the LenSx procedure, but will cover the "medically necessary" portions of the conventional version. Our staff will help you determine coverage and what out-of-pocket payments you may be responsible for. It's also important to note that not all insurance covers every type of implantable lens. It simply depends on your coverage and must be determined on a case-by-case basis.
Financing is also an option at our practice. Dr. Walton wants you to choose whichever cataract surgery option you feel is the best fit. Cost can of course be a factor, and financing is one option for managing the cost of laser-assisted procedures. If you wish, you can apply for financing through CareCredit or Alphaeon, both of which offer various low-interest and no-interest plans. Our office is happy to further discuss these options with you.
Your Consultation in Mobile
Dr. Walton is personally committed to helping each of his patients reclaim their vision. To find out if you are a candidate for cataract surgery, please call our practice at (251) 250-0668. We are happy to arrange a consultation for you. Our ophthalmology practice is located in Mobile, Alabama, and we proudly provide care for people from across the Gulf Coast region.
As Dr. Walton's patient, you can rest assured you will get all the information you need about both types of cataract surgery, as well as your options for implantable replacement lenses. Dr. Walton helps you consider risks, recovery, costs and insurance coverage as you choose what will work best for you.