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What Makes a Person Eligible for Refractive Cataract Surgery?

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Cataracts are a common but frustrating problem for people as they approach and enter their senior years. During refractive cataract surgery, a surgeon replaces the natural cloudy lens with a premium intraocular lens (IOL). This reduces your need for corrective lenses if you also have vision impairments like nearsightedness or farsightedness.

However, not everyone with cataracts is a candidate for refractive cataract surgery. Dr. Ming Wang, Harvard & MIT (MD); PhD can perform an evaluation to determine your fit for this procedure. Call Wang Vision Institute and schedule a consultation today – our Nashville cataract surgeon is proud to have helped men and women from over 40 U.S. states and 55 countries worldwide.

When do cataracts form?

It's common for cataracts to occur in people over 40 as the natural lens ages and becomes less flexible. Factors like age, genetics, medications, trauma, and exposure to ultraviolet light cause cataracts to form earlier than expected. If left untreated, cataracts may continue to grow and eventually cause blindness.

Cataracts cannot be cured with medication or eye drops – surgery is the only way to address the source of the issue. A refractive cataract procedure can improve cloudy vision and reduce your need for glasses or contact lenses.

Determining your candidacy for refractive cataract surgery

Our Nashville cataract surgeon begins each consultation by reviewing your medical history and conducting a thorough eye exam. We also use advanced tools and technologies to measure your visual acuity.

Dr. Wang then explains the benefits and risks associated with refractive cataract surgery, including what to expect before, during, and after your procedure. We then work with you to develop a treatment plan that helps meet your unique needs.

Am I eligible for refractive cataract surgery?

Patients who meet the following criteria may be ideal candidates for refractive cataract surgery at Wang Vision Institute:

  • A stable prescription: Your prescription must be consistent for at least one year before undergoing any kind of vision correction procedure.
  • Good overall health: You must be free of any serious medical conditions or diseases that could interfere with surgery or recovery.
  • No eye diseases: Chronic dry eyes, glaucoma, macular degeneration, or similar eye diseases may disqualify you from treatment.
  • Realistic expectations for results: Refractive cataract surgery is a viable option for those with nearsightedness and farsightedness, but it's not a miracle cure. Dr. Wang can explain the limitations during an appointment.

Recovering from refractive cataract surgery

Patients who undergo refractive cataract surgery should also be prepared for recovery since it takes time for your vision to stabilize fully. Wang Vision Institute may prescribe eye drops or other medications to ease discomfort during the healing process. An eye patch may also be necessary for a few days.

Patients should follow all post-operative instructions as given and contact our office if they experience changes in vision or other concerning symptoms.

See if you qualify for refractive cataract surgery

Cataracts and vision problems like nearsightedness and farsightedness shouldn't impact your quality of life. If you're interested in refractive cataract surgery, contact Wang Vision Institute for a consultation. Our Nashville cataract surgeon is proud to have helped countless people through cutting-edge procedures that provide real results. Dr. Ming Wang, Harvard & MIT (MD); PhD understands the importance of clear vision and can help determine the best possible treatment plan for your needs.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.