A friend says he had focusable lenses implanted during cataract surgery.. . . Does such a thing exist? Or does he mean multi-focal lenses?

There is no such thing at this point as focusable lenses. Multi Focal lenses are the only option for people with distant and reading vision needs.

How far along does a person have to be with cataracts in order to qualify for the surgery? If a person has only minor cataract problems, so they have to wait for them to progress and become severe before qualifying, or can it be done much earlier in that person's life? Thank you for your help

To proceed with cataract surgery, the cataract needs to be be clinically significant. Otherwise it is called refractive lensectomy and is priced differently because it is not covered by MSP. It is refractive surgery, a procedure to get rid of glasses.

Cataracts can evolve very slowly. Your optometrist will refer you to an ophthalmologist when you are clinically suitable for cataract surgery.

My optometrist said I have a cataract in one eye that is 2 lines away from requiring removal. When asked what that meant he said it's 90% away from needing surgery to remove the cataract. 2 years ago my eye examination did not reveal any cataract. How long will it take before I should be seen by an ophthalmologist?

To proceed with cataract surgery, the cataract needs to be be clinically significant. Otherwise it is called refractive lensectomy and is priced differently because it is not covered by MSP. It is refractive surgery, a procedure to get rid of glasses.

Cataracts can evolve very slowly. Your optometrist will refer you to an ophthalmologist when you are clinically suitable for cataract surgery.

Does cataract surgery hurt?

Cataract surgery is usually painless.

if I have cataract surgery at the hospital will I see fine with the lens that is put in.

The lens offered at the hospital is a Monofocal lens which after surgery your vision should be improved for distance, but you will require glasses for reading and for correcting residual astigmatism.
Dr. Blaylock does offer refractive cataract surgery in our surgery centre where you could potentially get out of glasses for both reading and distance if you are a candidate.

Do I need follow-up exams after cataract surgery?

Yes. You must be seen at VLEC for your first 24 hour follow-up appointment. Then, you must be examined at two weeks and six weeks. These visits may be done at our center or with your local eye care physician.

What is the recovery time after cataract surgery?

Dr Blaylock asks that you have a restful first twenty four hours after surgery. You may return to your normal activities, including work, two days after surgery. Please do not rub the eye for the first week. Remember that safety glasses are necessary for sporting, recreational and work activities.

Do I need to be accompanied to my cataract surgery?

Yes, on the day of surgery and for your follow-up exam 24 hours after surgery, you need to be accompanied by a companion.

Is there a wait list for MSP coverage or is it strictly private and cash and not associated with msp

We do have a waitlist for patients that want surgery at the hospital. MSP covers the surgery as long as you choose the lens that they offer. The waitlist currently is 9-10 months.

We also offer private refractive cataract surgery. Typically you can get in to see Dr. Blaylock for the initial consultation within 2 weeks and then have your surgery within 4 weeks at our private center. The cost for private surgery is $1500 - $5000 depending on the surgery package that you choose.

Please let me know if you would like to book a cataract consultation with Dr. Blaylock. You would need to get a referral from your family doctor or Optometrist for MSP to pay for the consultation.

How long do I have to stay at VLEC after cataract surgery?

After surgery, you will be taken to the recovery area. Once comfortable and feeling well, you will be discharged home, usually after about 30 minutes.

I play a lot of tennis squash and golf as well as work in an office that requires a lot of computer screen time. I am 50 but have cataracts. Would you recommend monovision, (one lens for distance and one for reading)? Does this set up affect hand eye coordination?

This is an impossible question to answer without looking at your eyes. Multi-focal lens would be your best option if you are a candidate.

And yes, monovision can affect hand eye coordination but not significantly.

How long does the cataract procedure take?

The procedure usually takes about 20 minutes per eye.

What if my vision is still blurred after cataract surgery?

Please keep in mind that there is an adjustment period and it can take up to six months, or even longer, for some patients to achieve their ultimate visual expectation, following cataract surgery. Some patients (5-10 %) may request laser refractive surgery to correct any residual refraction. This can be performed 3-4 months following the initial procedure. We will reduce the fee by 50% if you are a candidate for laser refractive surgery enhancement and underwent your cataract surgery with us.

Thank you!