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Cataract FAQ in Nashville, TN

As a cataract patient, you may have many questions about your condition. Our cataract FAQ represents the most frequently asked questions, and we are always available to answer any other questions. Jeffrey D. Horn, MD, of Vision for Life offers cataract surgery for the residents of Nashville, Brentwood, Bellevue and the surrounding communities of Tennessee.

Is Lens Replacement Right for Me?

If you are over 45 years old, lens replacement may be a good option. After the surgery, you may still need eyeglasses and contact lenses, or you may opt for LASIK surgery. This is the best option for patients with cataracts and will offer vision correction benefits for distance and close-up objects.

What are the Risks Associated with Lens Replacement Surgery?

All surgical procedures have risks, but having the procedure performed by an experienced surgeon reduces the likelihood of developing complications. With lens replacement surgery, the risks are retinal detachment, increased eye pressure and reactions to the medications. In rare cases, vision worsens after the procedure.

What are the Side Effects of Lens Replacement Surgery?

Side effects of lens replacement surgery are temporary and may include:

  • Sensitivity to light
  • Redness and irritation
  • Itching
  • Blurred vision
  • Halos around lights
  • Glare
  • Problems at night and in low-light situations

Should I Consider Lens Replacement for Both Eyes?

The best results occur in patients who have lens replacement in both eyes.

What is the Procedure for Lens Replacement?

You should expect to be in our surgical center for two hours on the day of your lens replacement surgery. We provide medications to help you relax, and we numb your eyes with a local anesthetic. We clean the area around your eye and cover the area with sterile dressings. Dr. Horn uses a surgical microscope to view your eye. He makes small incisions in the outer layer of the eye and uses the AquaLase® system to remove the damaged lens. The new lens is inserted through the incision and positioned on your eye. You will wear an eye shield to protect your eyes after the surgery. Someone will need to drive you home once you are released from our recovery area. You will have a follow-up appointment the next day. Expect your vision to gradually improve over the next 30 days.

How Much Does Cataract Surgery Cost in Nashville?

The cost of your cataract surgery may be covered by your vision and medical insurance. We accept cash, check and major credit cards, including Visa®, MasterCard®, and American Express®, for your out-of-pocket costs, such as a co-payment, deductible and co-insurance, and any other remaining balance. Financing is available through Alphaeon™ Credit and CareCredit®.

Now that you have reviewed our cataract FAQ, we can help you find out which option is right for you. At Vision for Life, our ophthalmologist, Jeffrey D. Horn, MD, offers cataract surgery for the residents of Nashville, Murfreesboro and the surrounding communities of Tennessee. For more information or to schedule a consultation, please contact us today!

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