A Cataract is graudual clouding of the natural lens thats inside the eyes. The result is blurred or defocused vision. This lens, located behind the iris, (or colored part of the eye), works just like the lens of a camera-focusing light images on the retina, which sends the images to your brain. To remove the cataract surgery has to be performed
How is the surgery performed?
A mild sedation is used to allow the patient to be awake but not feel any pain during suregery. Afterwards drops are used to numb the eye, a small incision is made. High Frequency waves are used to break up the cataract.Then the lens fragments are suctioned from the eye. The back portion of the lens capsule is left in place and polished for clarity. A small foldable intraocular lens will be inserted through the wound and unfolded in place of the natural lens. The incision is self-sealing so that no stitches are needed.
What can I expect after surgery?
After the procedure, you'll be taken to the recovery room to rest for a short period of time. . Then, the very same day, you can go home. Within the next 24 hours, your doctor will probably want to see you for an evaluation. Drops will be prescribed to guard against infection and to help your eyes heal. For a few days, you may need to wear a clear shield, especially at night, to prevent you from rubbing your eye.
Which Hopitals does Dr Kavoussi perform surgery?
Baptist Collierville( the only provider performing
Cataract Surgery at this location)
St Francis ( Memphis)
Methodist North ( Covington Pike)
When can I return to work after cataract surgery?
Patients can resume normal activities the day after surgery. There are no physical restrictions. Bending and lifting are not a problem. You can wash your hair the day after surgery. We do request that you not rub your eye for several months.
Will the cataract come back?
No. Once cataracts are removed, they cannot come back. In about 30% of patients, the lens capsule that supports the intraocular lens will become cloudy over time. This usually happens one to two years following surgery. We then do a YAG laser to open the capsule, and this restores good vision.
Will I need my glasses changed after cataract surgery?
Probably. One of our goals with modern-day cataract surgery is to reduce patients’ dependence on glasses. We frequently have patients able to drive without glasses following surgery. Many patients still need glasses for reading. We will take measurements and change glasses approximately four weeks after surgery. Standard or Monofocal Intraocular lenses (IOLs) can provide clear vision at distance. However you would still need glasses to see clearly at near and intermediate distances.
Are both eyes done at the same time?
No. We prefer that one at a time would be best for the patient
If i want independence from glasses after cataract surgery what are my options?
You can elect to upgrade from monofocal IOL to a multifocal IOL. These adavanced technology lenses correct vision near, far, and in between for your best chance at freedom from glasses.
What are the cost involved with cataract surgery?
Monofocal Lenses are typically covered by insurance or Medicare. However multifocal lenses , which reduce the dependence on glasses or contact lenses are not covered by insurance
Can i have a multifocal lens implanted later if i decide to have a monofocal lens implanted now?
No. The decision needs to be made prior to cataract surgery.
Is everyone a candidate for multifocal lenses?
No. It is recommeded for most patients, but not for patients who have problems with their retina.You can schedule your free evaluation by contacting our office at 901-854-6220
Is Financing available?
We are pleased to offer 12 months no interest financing through Care Credit. Care Credit lets you begin your procedure immediately to pay for it over time with low monthly payments that are easy to fit into your monthly budget.