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Cataract Surgery & Dry Eye Treatment in Atlanta

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Cataract surgery involves the removal of your cloudy lens and replacing it with an artificial, intraocular lens (IOL). We offer a full range of premium IOLs to correct your cataracts, for clear, sharp sight and excellent vision at all distances.

Affecting more than half of the population over age 50, cataracts are characterized by cloudy vision, which can become progressively worse. Fortunately, restoring your clear sight through cataract surgery is efficient, painless and covered by Medicare.

What Are Cataracts?

Primarily caused by age, cataracts occur when the proteins in your eye’s lens degrade, clumping up to form a cataract and causing the vision to blur. Over time, the cataract and the cloudy area in the lens may increase in size. Left untreated, full blindness can result. Cataracts will not resolve themselves without help; surgery is necessary to fix the problem.

Our accomplished physician, Dr. Farooq Ashraf, has performed thousands of cataract surgeries. We have a number of premium lens options to provide exceptional clarity and sharpness.

Safe and Painless Laser Cataract Surgery (LenSx®)

Laser-assisted cataract surgery offers an extra level of precision and efficiency by breaking apart the cloudy lens with an accurate cold-temperature beam. Dr. Ashraf uses the LenSx® femtosecond laser to augment the high-frequency phacoemulsification device and treat astigmatism. This advanced laser technology provides a new level of precision and predictability in cataract care, decreasing the risk of complications and improving outcomes for patients. (Please note: While this type of procedure can be an excellent option for patients, it is not covered by Medicare.)

Cataract Surgery FAQs

How Long Will the Cataract Procedure Take?

Generally, cataract procedures take under an hour. After your procedure, we will observe you for any complications. Most people can return home the same day.

How Long Does it Take to Recover from Cataract Surgery?

You should expect your eye to fully heal in about eight weeks.

How Long Do I have to Wait to Drive after My Cataract Procedure?

This varies from person to person. Before you start driving again, we recommend Dr. Ashraf first assesses your vision and clarifies that it is OK for you to do so.

Will I be Awake During my Cataract Surgery?

In the vast majority of cases, patients remain awake throughout the procedure to ensure their eyes remain still. However, your eye will be completely numb the entire time. Most people experience little or no discomfort during cataract surgery – usually no more than some gentle pressure.

Is Cataract Surgery Safe?

Yes! Of the over 3 million cataract procedures performed each year in the United States, over 98 percent are successful. Although complications can occur, they are uncommon and can almost always be fixed with follow-up procedures. With Dr. Ashraf’s skill and experience, there is no cause for concern about your safety during your cataract surgery.

Does Medicare Cover Cataract Surgery?

Medicare covers standard cataract surgery, which means we use no lasers and implant monofocal lenses. If you wish to have laser cataract surgery or get premium lenses, you must cover the cost yourself.

How are Cataracts Treated?

The only way to treat a cataract is to remove the cloudy lens and replace it with an artificial intraocular lens (IOL) via surgery. There are several different types of IOLs that can be used, depending on the shape of the eye, eyesight goals, and the patient’s insurance plan.

How to Schedule a Cataract Removal Appointment

No matter what your needs are, the Atlanta Vision Institute can give you the sharp, clear vision you need and deserve. Dr. Ashraf is ready to help you through your cataract surgery, answering all your questions before, during, and after your procedure. His 22-year career and an extensive list of credentials are proof that when you choose Atlanta Vision Institute, you are choosing the highest quality eye care attainable.

To book your appointment, call (770) 622-2488 or use our easy online contact form.

Take Our Quiz to Find Out if You have Cataracts

This quiz will give us an indication of whether you might be suffering from cataracts. The only way to know for sure if you’re ready for cataract surgery is to schedule a cataract evaluation.

Do you experience…

Cloudy vision?
Colors looking faded or yellowed?
Difficulty seeing at night?
Frequent changes in glasses or contacts prescription?
Sensitivity to glare, such as from headlights at night?
Seeing halos or starbursts around lights?
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