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A cataract is a clouding of the natural lens inside your eye. This natural lens works just like the lens of a camera; focusing light and images on the retina, which sends images to the brain. The natural lens can become so clouded it keeps light and images from reaching the retina. Cataracts are the leading cause of vision loss in adults 55 and older. At Carolina Eye Associates, we combine leading-edge technology with expert surgical techniques to replace your natural lens with a new, artificial lens (also called an IOL) to help you see better and live better as you age.

Cataract Surgery Lens Options

Standard Cataract Surgery

  • Typically covered by insurance
  • Designed to give you near OR distance vision, not both
  • If you have astigmatism, you will have to wear glasses post-surgery

Astigmatism Correction During Surgery

  • For patients with diagnosed astigmatism
  • Additional cost associated with Astigmatism correction
  • Will need glasses for reading, goal is to see distance without glasses

Multifocal Cataract Surgery 

  • Additional cost associated with a multifocal lens
  • Designed to reduce your dependence on glasses, ability to see distance, intermediate, and near
  • The lens you choose is dependent on your lifestyle

Additional Cataract lens options are available depending on your needs

  • Your cataract surgeon will discuss additional options with you.
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Why Choose Carolina Eye Associates?

World Class Care Close to Home

For more than 45 years, CEA has been serving patients throughout North and South Carolina. Today, with 14 locations and 11 cataract surgeons, Carolina Eye takes pride in offering world class treatment in convenient locations near you. Our Pinehurst and Greensboro locations offer attached Ambulatory Surgical Centers, allowing you to receive your care and surgery in the same place.

State-of-the-Art Technology

At Carolina Eye Associates, we use the latest and most advanced surgical techniques, enabling our doctors to perform without stitches or needles. Many patients can return to most of their daily activities within 24 to 48 hours after their procedure.

Financing Options

Carolina Eye Associates is proud to offer CareCredit to our patients. CareCredit offers several payment plans so you can find one that works best for you. With the popular no-interest payment plans there are no interest charges if you pay your balance in full within the specified time period. CEA participates in the 6-12 month no-interest payment plans. Other low-interest options are also available through CareCredit. Contact Carolina Eye today to get a quote on cataract eye surgery!

Frequently asked Questions about Cataract Surgery

Symptoms that indicate you may have a cataract include blurred vision, discoloration, sensitivity to light, loss of depth perception, and the visual clouding of the eye. Your eye doctor will be able to diagnose the development of a cataract during an eye exam.

Yes, the cataract procedure may vary based on technology and patient preferences. There are options for traditional cataract surgery and laser cataract surgery. At Carolina Eye, we have invested in advanced Femtosecond laser technology with the Catalys™ Precision Laser System, as well as the ORA™ System to create an advanced analysis of each patients’ eyes.

Patients may not need their cataracts to be removed immediately. In fact, cataracts generally develop slowly over time. If vision impairment from your cataracts begin to interfere with your ability to do the activities you enjoy, it may be time to discuss cataract surgery with your eye doctor.

Most patients only feel gentle pressure during the procedure. Patients are provided medication to help relax during the procedure, and an anesthetist will numb your eye with anesthetic medication prior to your cataract procedure.

After surgery, your eye may feel itchy or sore, but the discomfort should pass after a few days. Your eye surgeon will advise you to avoid vigorous exercise for 1-2 weeks following the cataract procedure. Most patients are able to return to normal daily activities the day following cataract surgery.

The price of cataract surgery varies based on insurance coverage and the type of lens (IOL) you choose to replace the natural lens of the eye. Cataract removal is covered by most insurance plans, as well as standard (monofocal) lens implants. Some premium lens options may not be covered by insurance.

At Carolina Eye Associates, we will help each patient navigate their options based on desired visual outcomes and budget.

Astigmatism is a common and generally treatable eye problem where the shape of your eye is imperfect. Our doctors describe it as your eye resembling the shape of a football instead of the shape of an egg. This leads to images being distorted, out of focus or blurry.

Astigmatism can be corrected in a few ways during cataract surgery. Depending on the severity of your astigmatism, your cataract surgeon may recommend reshaping your cornea or using a toric lens (additional cost) implant to compensate for astigmatism during cataract surgery. Be sure to discuss these options with your doctor if your have diagnosed astigmatism.

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