Central Texas Eye Center

Talk to your doctor

If you’re over 40 and are experiencing the signs and symptoms of cataracts, you should talk to your eye doctor to understand if you fit the criteria for cataract surgery. He or she can determine if cataracts are actually the issue or if something else may be impacting your vision.

Sometimes your doctor will prescribe new glasses or contact lenses to help you see better, if your cataract is not mature enough for surgery. You should consider surgery when cataracts keep you from doing things you want or need to do, like driving or reading.

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Be Prepared for surgery

Once you and your doctor agree cataracts surgery is the best option, you will be scheduled for a preoperative appointment with our surgical staff. During this appointment you will go through multiple tests to help your surgeon determine the best lens options for you. Here are couple things you can bring to prepare you. 

Medications, Medical History, & Allergies

Although cataract surgery is quick and simple, compared to other surgeries, it is very important to know about your complete medical history. Take the time to make a list for our surgical team. Bring it with you to your preoperative appointment. Be sure to include your Primary Physician and if you have a Power of Attorney.

Lifestyle Questionnaire

You have a variety of options when it comes to improving your vision cataract surgery. Life after cataracts is something to look forward to, and this is a great opportunity to get the vision you've always wanted. By getting to know you better and understand what is important to you, we can help you discover the vision that's right for your lifestyle. To help get you started, fill out this lifestyle questionnaire and bring it with you to your preoperative appointment.

Answers to Commonly Asked Questions

Cataract surgery is usually quick (about 15 minutes) and typically done as an outpatient procedure. 

You cannot drive immediately following the surgery, so be sure to make arrangements beforehand for someone to drive you home once the doctor clears you.

Yes. There are a few eye drops that will need to be administered daily. We will provide you with a drop schedule so you can easily keep track of when to take them and when to stop taking them.

Your doctor will see you the day after surgery. Depending on the type of work you do, it should only be a couple of days. It is recommended that you do not do any heavy lifting or bending over for about a week.

Yes, you can shower or get your hair washed, but keep your head back and try not to get soap or water in your eyes. It is recommended that you do not swim for one week after surgery. 

Every patient has different healing times. Some see a noticeable difference within just a few hours, and others takes a few days. You may notice glare and halos around bright lights at night. This is normal and will go away.

Your doctor will review your lens implant options with you prior to scheduling surgery. These options are based on pre-operative measurements, as well as your lifestyle needs. Please fill out your lifestyle questionnaire and bring it with you to your pre-operative appointment.

Cataract surgery fees will depend on the lifestyle lens implant you choose. Feel free to take a look at our Lens Guide for more information.

Most insurance plans cover the cost of cataract surgery with monofocal lens implants. When choosing any of the lifestyle lens implants, you will have out of pocket expenses. It is best to contact your insurance carrier for clarification of benefits and deductible information. 

Medicare will contribute a portion of expenses for new eyewear, after cataract surgery. The contribution schedule for 2020 is as follows:

Frame $67.20

Single Vision, Lined bifocal, and lined trifocal lens, without additional coatings or warranties: covered

Progressive lens: the contribution is the same as a lined bifocal. You will pay any overage.

Please advise that Medicare does not contribute 100% of the frame or lens cost. There will be out of pocket expenses. The certified opticians at Oculus Eyewear will be happy to review these costs with you.

We do offer payment plans for qualified patients. Please ask our surgical team for more information.

Download Your Free Cataract Surgery Kit

Get useful information about cataracts and the surgery process. Plus, you’ll get details about the variety of cataract lens options you have to choose from based on the things you love to do.