Norwalk Eye Surgeon from Doctor & Associates Shares What You Need to Know About Cataracts

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Since cataract surgery is considered a medically necessary procedure, the cost of cataract surgery is largely covered by private insurance or Medicare, the latter of which covers most seniors.

“It seems that these days patients in their 50’s, 60’s and 70’s are no longer willing to accept the limitations that decreased vision from cataracts can impose on day to day activities. This, combined with our ability to restore vision loss from cataracts in a safe, effective and predictable manner

What You Need to Know About Cataracts
Age isn’t the only risk factor for cataracts. Though most everyone will develop cataracts with age, recent studies show that lifestyle and behavior can influence when and how severely you develop cataracts. Diabetes, extensive exposure to sunlight, smoking, obesity, high blood pressure and certain ethnicities have all been linked to increased risk of cataracts. Eye injuries, prior eye surgery and long-term use of steroid medication, perhaps for asthma, allergies or breathing problems or arthritis-can also result in cataracts. If you have any of these and are experiencing blurry or cloudy vision, difficulty with night vision especially glare or halos, you should schedule an eye exam and alert your eye doctor.

Cataracts cannot be prevented, but you can lower your risk. Wearing UV-blocking sunglasses and brimmed hats when outside can help. Several studies suggest that eating more vitamin C-rich foods may delay how fast cataracts form. Also, avoid smoking cigarettes, which have been shown to increase the risk of cataract development.

Cataract surgery may help improve more than just your vision. During the procedure, the natural clouded lens is replaced with an artificial lens called an intraocular lens, or IOL, which should improve your vision significantly. Patients have a variety of lenses to choose from, each with different benefits. Lens implants today can correct a full range of vision and help you see clearly in the distance, at arm’s length and at near, without being dependent on eyeglasses. While this is great for many patients, studies have shown that cataract surgery can improve quality of life and reduce the risk of falling which is a potentially serious risk and problem for seniors. If you think a cataract is possibly interfering with your ability to see well, you should schedule an eye exam and alert your eye doctor.

Since cataract surgery is considered a medically necessary procedure, the cost of cataract surgery is largely covered by private insurance or Medicare, the latter of which covers most seniors. “We are fortunate to be a credentialed provider for a large number of private or commercial plans including Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna, Oxford and United Healthcare which are quite popular in greater Norwalk. In fact we can accept almost all insurances available to Connecticut patients for cataract surgery. Patients just need to call and we can tell them all about their coverage,” shared Dorothy Figueroa, Practice Administrator at Doctor & Associates.

If you or someone you know is experiencing cataract symptoms such as cloudy foggy vision, glare or difficult night driving and would like to learn more about cataract surgery & lens implants or insurance coverage for cataract surgery please call Doctor & Associates-203-227-4113, visit Doctor & Associates in Fairfield County, Google+ or https://www.facebook.com/doctorandassociates/ to schedule an appointment.

Doctor & Associates offices are located at148 East Avenue, Norwalk, Connecticut 06851 129 Kings Highway North, Westport, Connecticut 06880, 195 Danbury Road, Wilton, Connecticut 06897.

For additional information, contact:
Dorothy Figueroa, Doctor & Associates, 148 East Avenue, Norwalk, Connecticut 06851, dfigueroa(at)drdrgroup.com, 203-227-4113.

SOURCE: Medical Management Services Group, L.L.C.

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Doctor & Associates
since: 03/2011
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