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Cataract FAQs

Dr. Lippman and his team of experienced medical professionals are dedicated to providing Westchester County cataracts patients, with the best possible surgical results in the safest, most comfortable manner possible. In order to relieve patients’ anxiety and prepare them for cataract surgery both physically and psychologically, they conduct thorough consultations. In addition, they encourage patients to ask as many questions as possible, and they take the time to provide thorough, clear answers. Please review this list of frequently asked questions to learn more about cataract surgery, recovery and insurance coverage.

  1. Will I still need to wear glasses after cataract surgery?
  2. What are the risks of cataract surgery?
  3. How soon will I be able to resume my normal activities after cataract surgery?
  4. Is cataract surgery covered by insurance?

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Will I still need to wear glasses after cataract surgery?
We try to reduce your dependence on glasses and contact lenses after cataract surgery. We use computers to help calculate the power of your intraocular lens so that the glasses you wear after surgery will usually be thinner, if needed at all. The use of the latest intraocular lens implants (IOLs), such as Crystalens, greatly improves vision after cataract surgery and often allows patients to achieve freedom from glasses. Although many patients are able to function without special eyewear, some of them may opt to use glasses for near vision, distance vision or both after cataract surgery.
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What are the risks of cataract surgery?
As with any surgical procedure, cataract surgery involves risks including, but not limited to infection and/or swelling of the retina, retinal detachment, injury to the cornea and even blindness. Dr. Lippman goes to extraordinary lengths to minimize these risks. The decision to have cataract surgery is always an individual one, and in each case, he evaluates the risk/benefit ratio to determine if cataract surgery is appropriate for you at this time. When performed by Dr. Lippman at his facility serving patients throughout Westchester County, including Yonkers, Somers and White Plains cataracts patients, cataract surgery is an extremely successful surgical procedure. Over the past two decades Dr. Lippman has performed more than 15,000 successful cataracts procedures. He also offers a free educational video for you to learn more about cataract surgery in White Plains.
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How soon will I be able to resume my normal activities after cataract surgery?
In most cases, patients are able to resume their normal activities within 24 hours after surgery. The combination of no stitch surgery with foldable implants allows patients to recover their vision much more quickly than with older techniques. Eye drops are used to reduce the risks of infection and inflammation during the first months after surgery.
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Is cataract surgery covered by insurance?
In nearly all cases, cataract surgery is covered by health insurance in the same manner as it would apply to surgery for any other disease. Our insurance staff can verify your coverage prior to the procedure. This is different from LASIK procedure, which is considered elective and therefore usually is not covered by insurance.
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To help Dr. Lippman better assess your eye health and determine if you are a candidate for cataract surgery, please fill out this patient questionnaire prior to your office visit.

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