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Read below for information about Dr. Davison's cataract surgery services and associated fees for special services

Cataract Surgery

Cataracts develop when the clear, crystalline lens inside of our eye becomes cloudy. Everyone develops cataracts as they get older, and at some point the cataracts may need to be removed. When is removal appropriate? When your vision is limited to a point where you are no longer able to do the tasks that you enjoy or must perform such as reading, watching TV, hobbies, night driving, professional duties, etc., then cataract surgery is medically appropriate.

Cataract surgery is an outpatient surgical procedure. Surgery may be scheduled at either the New York Eye Surgery Center in Wilton, NY or the Albany Regional Eye Surgery Center in Latham, NY. Both facilities have excellent staff and equipment. The only main difference is that the Latham facility offers free transportation to and from the surgery center.

Dr. Davison uses that latest technology for cataract surgery. His surgical technique requires:

  • no stitches
  • no injections
  • no patching

Patients are able to bend over and lift after surgery, and can have their second eye operated on as soon as two weeks after the first. The surgery is done as an outpatient surgical procedure, meaning that you go home the same day. Most patients will be in the surgery center for about 2 hours. The procedure itself usually takes about 10 to 15 minutes, and is done with local anesthetic drops and mild sedation. There is no pain with Dr. Davison's cataract surgical technique, and the chance of improving the vision is about ninety seven percent. Most patients are able to legally drive without glasses after surgery, and use only non-prescription glasses for reading.

Dropless cataract surgery is now available at our office. We are the only practice in the capital region that offers this surgical option. Patients who undergo dropless cataract surgery do not have to use any drops preoperatively or postoperatively. The medication is placed inside of the eye at the time of surgery. There is no additional cost for this option. This is a safe procedure that has been performed in the United States since 2008. Dr. Davison is pleased to offer this option to his patients, and those who have had dropless surgery performed by Dr. Davison are very happy with the results.

Since cataracts are a medical problem, medical insurance will cover the cost of the surgery. However, you may still need glasses to correct your distance vision and you will most likely need reading glasses. 

What most people do not realize is that cataract surgery can also be a "refractive" surgical procedure, meaning that we can greatly reduce the need for glasses under most circumstances. Unfortunately, insurance does not pay for these additional services, since they are considered purely cosmetic. However, you do have the choice of selecting these optional services for an additional fee.

 

If you desire to greatly reduce your overall dependence on glasses, there are additional factors that must be considered. If astigmatism is present, then it may need to be corrected for you to be able to see well at distance without glasses. This requires the implantation of a special "toric" lens implant or the use of corneal incisions (limbal relaxing incisions or LRIs) at the time of surgery to reduce the astigmatism. Toric lens implants are considered premium implants and are not covered by insurance.

  • The fee for the implantation of a toric lens is $1100 per eye
  • The fee for an LRI is $350 per eye

LRIs are only used for smaller amounts of astigmatism (less than 1.5 diopters). Although both the toric lens implant and LRIs can correct for astigmatism, the vision may be slightly better with a toric lens. This is because the targeted post-operative visual acuity with a toric implant is more predictable, and also the toric lens does not utilize incisions that change the cornea’s natural shape. LRIs are still a good method for reducing smaller amounts of astigmatism. It must be noted though that the cornea is slightly weakened with the placement of these incisions. Some patients may not be candidates for either a toric IOL or an LRI. This would be determined in the preoperative evaluation.

 

If patients are interested in an implant that corrects for both distance and reading vision (known as a multi-focal lens implant), they will be counseled in detail regarding the pros and cons of such an implant. Then, they will be able to make an informed decision as to whether such an implant is right for them. Multi-focal lens implants are considered premium implants and are not covered by insurance.

  • The fee for the implantation of a multi-focal lens is $2250 per eye

If you are considering these implants, BOTH eyes must have the same type of lens implant in order for you to be comfortable with the vision. If there is additional astigmatism present that needs to be reduced, this may require additional correction with LRIs at no additional charge.

 

We offer interest-free financing through Care Credit, with flexible terms and competitive rates. We can let you know immediately if you qualify for financing.

 

Why do we charge additional fees for these services? The correction of astigmatism and /or the implantation of a special premium lenses require Dr. Davison to spend much more time with the patient and requires much more precision and analysis of the pre-operative measurements. Additional images of the eye along with special lens calculations are required to determine implant powers. Additionally, all patients who desire a toric lens or a multifocal lens will have additional measurements performed during the surgery using an intraoperative aberrometer (ORA) to verify that the proper lens power has been chosen for their eye. This extra time and these extra steps are required to ensure the best results and your satisfaction.

 

Additional refractive cataract surgery options can be expensive and it is important to know these costs in advance to enable you to appropriately plan financially for any services that you may desire.

 


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