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Your Laser Cataract Surgery Questions Answered by the Best Cataract Surgeon in NYC

Because laser cataract surgery is one of our primary services at Kelly Vision Center, we’re used to answering a lot of questions about the procedure. Below are some of the most frequently asked questions about laser cataract surgery.

Laser Cataract FAQ

How do I know when I need cataract surgery?

Can cataracts be corrected without surgery?

What happens if I don’t have my cataracts removed?

When should I have my cataract removed?

Is cataract surgery safe?

Is cataract surgery painful?

Should I get a multifocal IOL?

How long is the recovery from laser cataract surgery?

Can cataracts come back after surgery?

Does insurance cover cataract surgery?

How do I know when I need cataract surgery?

When you can no longer do the things that you want to do because your vision isn’t good enough, you’re ready for cataract surgery.

Can cataracts be corrected without surgery?

While scientists are working on medicines that may help slow the changing of the lens, there is no way to correct cataracts without surgery.

What happens if I don’t have my cataracts removed?

If you don’t have your cataract removed, your vision will slowly get worse over time. If left untreated long enough, hypermature cataracts (a very severe form) can reduce your vision down to the point where you’ll only be able to tell if there is a light shining in your eye or not.

When should I have my cataract removed?

You should have your cataract removed when you’re no longer able to do things that you want to do because of your vision.

Is cataract surgery safe?

Yes. Since it’s one of the most common surgical procedures in the world, the safety and efficacy of cataract surgery has had a lot of time to be perfected to its current level. While any surgery has inherent risks and possible complications, they are either very minor or rare.

Is cataract surgery painful?

Many of our patients describe the normal surgical and healing process as painless. The total area disturbed on the surface is just over a tenth of an inch, and heals in a few hours.

Should I get a multifocal IOL?

Multifocal intraocular lenses (IOLs) are amazing for those who are excellent candidates for them. During your consultation with Dr. Kelly, you can determine together what will give you the best vision for near and distance based on your specific needs.

How long is the recovery from laser cataract surgery?

People are usually back to their regular activities the next day following laser cataract surgery.

Can cataracts come back after surgery?

No. When they are gone, they’re gone. A small number of patients will benefit from a one-time, 60-second, painless laser procedure at some point after their surgery if the capsule holding the new IOL gets cloudy. This is covered by insurance.

Does insurance cover cataract surgery?

Yes. Insurance will pay for cataract surgery if your condition interferes with your normal activities, and will also pay to replace the cloudy lens with a basic IOL. If you want a replacement lens that will allow freedom from glasses, however, you’ll have to go outside of your insurance coverage because this will require a premium IOL.

Insurance Options

Many patients want to know if their procedure is covered by health insurance. This isn’t always clear until we have spoken with you, but many services that we offer are fully or partially covered. If there’s a procedure that you’re interested in and you’d like to know whether or not it’s covered, we encourage you to inquire about specifics when you’re in the office with us. We can determine if your procedure will be assisted by the financial help of health coverage.

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Why Choose Kelly Vision Center?

Certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology in ophthalmic surgery, Dr. James Kelly is a comprehensive refractive surgeon who has been practicing for over two decades. Utilizing state-of-the-art technology, Kelly Vision Center is New York’s trusted choice for vision correction surgery. Dr. Kelly and his team are dedicated to making your vision correction one of the greatest experiences of your life by providing personalized, one-on-one care. You’re not just a number here — you are more than that to us. If you’re in the NYC or Long Island areas and you’re interested in working with the best cataract surgeon in the region, we welcome you to contact us to schedule a free consultation

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