My 55 y.o. wife just saw an ophthalmologist yesterday, and was told she has cataracts. Wondering if any of you had any experience/expertise to share.
For the past year or so, my wife has been feeling a need for increased light when reading, and finding it more difficult to drive at night. Exams by ophth/opt over the past 2 years never revealed anything, but when she went to the ophth yesterday he said no question that she has cataracts, and that she will eventually need surgery. Said it doesn’t need to be done right away, but that they would worsen, and that he expected would be noticeably worse in a year or so. He said if she doesn’t do it now, she might want to get new glasses.
So, I guess question # 1 is surgery now vs later?
Second, he spoke about the different types of lenses available. Said our insurance covered some “basic” lenses, but that getting better lenses could cost up to $9k in out of pocket expenses. Seems to be consistent with what I turned up via Google. At yesterday’s appt, he did not give her detailed information as to the different types of lenses involved, and the costs associated with the various options. I’m not sure if he was discussing multifocal or anything else. We could spend the $9k, and we certainly do not wish to cheap out on her eyesight. But I tend to be a tad suspicious when it comes to the business of providing health care.
So, question 2, covered lenses vs how much for better lenses?
And, I guess question 3, do you seek a 2d opinion? If so, for what purposes? I think it would be appropriate, and should cost no more than our copay. I’d like to know if a 2d guy thinks the existence of cataracts and need for surgery is a no-brainer, and hear what he has to say about which hospitals have the best facilities, and the costs of upgrades.
Any other questions we ought to be asking?