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Cataract Surgery: Top 10 Myths from 1 to 10*. Second in a Series of Three

January 4, 2017

4.  I’ll still need reading glasses after cataract surgery

There are now options during cataract surgery that can dramatically decrease a patient’s need for reading glasses. These options are called Premium Intraocular Lenses; PIOLs. Medicare considers these options as an upgrade from the standard replacement lens. If you want to reduce your usage of glasses following cataract surgery, there is an out of pocket expense.

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5.  Cataracts have nothing to do with my overall health

Actually, the development of cataracts in the eyes are recognized sides effects of diabetes and high blood pressure. In addition, cataract may develop with the use of steroids. The vast majority of the times, cataracts are a natural result of aging.

6.  Cataracts always require surgery

Many people develop cataracts and can perform tasks without issue. Some may notice cataracts sooner, such as a driver or an avid reader; others may not. When your cataracts are affecting your daily activities then it may be time to consider surgery.

*Based on an AARP-Alcon survey in 2013

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