Here is an overview about what you can expect when you have your cataract evaluation at Eye Consultants of Texas.
When you arrive, please make sure that you have some form of identification and your insurance card. Acceptable forms of identification include your driver’s license, military I.D. or passport. Please know that we always strive to have you seen as soon as possible.
Before we perform any testing, we get to know you to better understand why you’re coming to see us. As with every patient, we will take your general and ocular health history, considering factors such as family history of illness and current medications. Ocular symptoms are detailed, and we will often take general healthcare measurements, e.g. blood pressure.
We do multiple measurements of the shape and contour of the front of the eye. We also measure the length of the eye and landmarks of the eye—such as iris structure, patterns of blood vessels, and others. We also perform further testing that evaluates the health of both the front and back of the eye. We perform these tests to help ensure your best outcome should you choose to have surgery.
Medicated eye drops will dilate the eye, making the pupil large, which will enable your eye doctor to thoroughly examine the eye’s lens to determine whether or not a cataract is present. We also evaluate the overall health of the eye, which may influence the decision about which surgical approach might be best for you.
Once dilation is complete, we will perform a slit lamp and ophthalmoscopic examination. This exam will allow us to see if you have a cataract and determine how mature your cataract is. We will explain the steps of cataract surgery to you, as well as any options (laser cataract surgery, premium smart lens options) available to you. Understand that cataract surgery is a procedure that is covered by Medicare and all reputable medical insurances. However, some elective aspects of cataract surgery may not be covered by your insurance.