Refractive Cataract Surgery Reviews
"Friendly and professional in both office and outpatient surgery hospital."- D. / Healthgrades / May 24, 2018
"Dr. Choi is an excellent surgeon. I had cataracts removed and astigmatism corrected in both eyes. My vision is very good. My dependency on glasses has been greatly reduced. Great bedside manner - very calming, answers questions, spends plenty of time with patients. He even prayed with me before the surgery. Beautiful office. His office is always crowded and that is because of his excellent expertise and personality. Staff is OK. I do trust him to do further surgery if necessary."- G. / Healthgrades / Sep 08, 2016
"5 Stars! Thank you Dr Choi and crew for my trifocal lens replacement surgery (souped-up cataract surgery). For me the healing time was very quick and I came out of the procedure already able to see. Now, three months after surgery, I see better than I can remember ever seeing before (my vision is now 20/20). Before surgery my eyes were so bad (about -11) that I was not a candidate for anything but the trifocal lens replacement surgery but I saw it as an investment in my future health as I was getting worried about night driving. So glad I did it!"- DL / Office Visit / Nov 06, 2020
"The best caring ophthalmologist you could see. Has done 2 types of surgery on me in the last 11 years. Very pleased with all my care. Also done surgery on my husband and he is also very pleased with his care. Excellent care ."- J.W. / Google / Nov 11, 2020
"My mother was one of Dr. Choi's very first patients. She had an eye infection and during the night contacted Dr. Choi's office. At the time, he was on call and came to her house in the middle of the night to take her in his car to the office. He is a very special and caring person. I would not let anyone else touch my eyes but Dr. Choi. I am satisfied with my personal experience with his staff; and I like the fact that I was asked to wait in my car before seeing the doctor (due to COVID-19 precautions). I recommend Dr. Choi to my friends/family based on my experience. He is the best!"- K.M. / Office Visit / Nov 23, 2020
What is Refractive Cataract Surgery?
Refractive cataract surgery is a common procedure that utilizes a process known as phacoemulsification (or phaco) to remove cataracts and improve refractive errors. Phaco is able to break up the clouded lens (cataract) so that we can then replace this damaged lens with a premium, artificial one or intraocular lens (IOL) to restore vision. An IOL is designed to correct refractive errors, such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, and age-related vision loss. By utilizing traditional techniques and modern IOLs, patients are less likely to need contacts or glasses after their surgery. At Young H. Choi, M.D. Eye Surgery Center in Vestavia Hills, AL, board-certified ophthalmologist Dr. Young H. Choi is pleased to offer cutting-edge refractive cataract surgery to his patients. If you live near Birmingham, AL, we invite you to call our office to learn more about refractive cataract surgery.
Who is a good candidate for Refractive cataract surgery?
Ideal candidates for refractive cataract surgery are those who have been diagnosed with mild to severe cataracts and wish to correct common refractive errors. This surgery is often recommended to patients who are over the age of 40 and want to decrease their dependency on glasses and/or contacts. During your initial consultation, Dr. Choi will help you choose which IOL will be best for you, depending on your visual acuity, overall ocular health, and personal preferences.
How is Refractive cataract surgery performed?
Refractive cataract surgery is considered a premium procedure as it uses state-of-the-art IOLs instead of generic IOLs that are used in traditional cataract surgery. It is performed as an outpatient procedure on-site at our Class-A accredited facility and generally takes about an hour to complete. Dr. Choi will apply a local anesthetic to numb your eye(s) and may offer a mild sedative to help keep you calm and relaxed. Dr. Choi will then use ultrasonic waves to break up the cataract and remove it from the eye. Once this is complete, an intraocular lens (IOL) will be inserted.
what to expect after surgery
After surgery, you may experience some mild discomfort and sensitivity to light, but these sensations are normal and will dissipate as your eyes heal and adjust to your new visual acuity. Our office will also provide detailed care instructions to follow at home to ensure optimal healing. A follow-up appointment will be scheduled 1 – 2 days after your procedure so Dr. Choi can check on your progress. We will also want to see you after about one week and then again a month after your surgery to ensure your eyes are healing properly and to test your visual acuity.
Premium Lens Options
Young H. Choi, M.D. Eye Surgery Center offers the following premium, intraocular lenses (IOLs):
- Toric: These IOLs are designed to correct astigmatism, as well as nearsightedness or farsightedness. These implants have different focusing powers with special markers on the lens to enable precise correction of astigmatism that exists in the lens of the eye.
- Multifocal: These implants focus light in more than one point, which means that patients are able to see objects at multiple distances – near, intermediate, and far. These IOLs provide binocular vision so that both eyes are able to focus at the same power simultaneously.
- Monofocal/Blended Vision Implants: These IOLs correct distance vision in one eye and near vision in the other. This allows patients to see objects both afar and near. Most patients are able to adjust quite well to this method, but Dr. Choi may recommend that patients try monovision with contacts first before moving forward with surgery.
- Trifocal: These are the latest generation of lenses that offer improved vision at intermediate distances in addition to near and far vision. This allows patients to see with ease at all distances, which wasn't possible before with traditional IOLs.
- Trifocal Toric: These lenses help focus incoming light onto the retina to reduce or eliminate severe astigmatism. They also provide a full range of visual acuity and reduce the risk of unwanted light sensations, such as halos, flashes, and glares.
Is Refractive cataract surgery covered by insurance?
Since refractive cataract surgery is considered a high-end, elective procedure, it is traditionally not covered by insurance. If patients opt for conventional cataract surgery, most insurance plans provide full or partial coverage. During your initial consultation, we can provide an estimate of your costs so you can plan accordingly. Our office also offers CareCredit to help make your treatment more affordable.
Refractive Cataract Surgery FAQ
What is a cataract?
Your eye’s lens is normally clear. A cataract is the clouding of the lens in your eye, making it more difficult to focus on objects. It traditionally develops slowly over time and can cause blurred vision, makes colors look muted, or your vision hazy. Cataracts can safely be removed with refractive cataract surgery.
Is it better to have cataract surgery early?
If you have been told you have cataracts and they are affecting your vision, you should have them removed. If cataracts are left unaddressed and untreated, your vision may worsen and could lead to blindness. At M.D. Eye Surgery Center, we can safely and effectively remove cataracts and correct refractive errors in one simple surgery.
Can cataract surgery correct refractive errors?
Yes, whether you’re nearsighted or farsighted, refractive cataract surgery can improve refractive errors for clearer vision, often without the need for glasses or contacts. You can always talk to Dr. Choi to learn more about refractive cataract surgery and what it can do to improve your overall vision.
Which lens is better, monofocal or multifocal?
According to a study published in PubMed, researchers found that multifocal IOLs, compared to monofocal IOLs, resulted in overall better uncorrected near vision and greater spectacle independence. However, there were more unwanted visual phenomena such as halos and glare. During your exam, Dr. Choi can talk to you about lens options and which ones are right for you.
premium eye care
If you are over the age of 40 and are suffering from cataracts in addition to poor vision, we invite you to call Young H. Choi, M.D. Eye Surgery Center in Vestavia Hills, AL. Our boutique facility offers premium ocular care to safely and effectively restore your eye health. Learn more about refractive cataract surgery today and the other specialty procedures we offer by scheduling a private consultation with seasoned ophthalmologist Dr. Young H. Choi.
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