Cataracts are a common eye disease that afflicts many Americans each year. Cataracts form when proteins build up in the lens of the eye and create cloudy vision, causing problems with eyesight. Light cannot pass through the eye properly when cataracts are present, but they can be treated with cataract co-management in Spring Valley. At the offices of Michael Vathanasaynee, O.D., our cataract co-management services are easy and simplified in order to get you the care you need.
Cataracts can be treated successfully with surgery and can treat both medical and refractive cataracts, such as cataract impaired vision and cataracts caused by presbyopia and astigmatism. Cataract co-management in Spring Valley of both these types is permitted because Medicare guidelines for co-management do not differ based on the kind of IOL’s that are used. However, medical conditions are generally covered while refractive treatments are not covered and are considered payable by the patient.
Cataracts are usually caused by a couple different things. Age related cataracts form as the person gets older, which is common. Congenital cataracts happen when children are born with them, and can be caused by an infection or injury, or inside the womb. This form of cataracts is more rare. Or, cataracts may be caused from medical conditions like diabetes or from certain medications. Because cataracts come on slowly, most patients do not realize they are suffering from them. If patients notice any nearsightedness or changes in the way they are seeing color, problems driving at night or double vision, they should come in for a comprehensive exam. We’ll perform an eye dilation if needed and check the retina and lens and discuss cataract co-management in Spring Valley as well. Treatment options can range from surgery, for worse cases of catarats, to prescription glasses designed to better enhance vision.