Frequently Asked Questions2024-02-27T11:34:46-05:00

Frequently Asked Questions at See Vision Eye Institute

At See Vision Eye Institute, we understand that you may have questions about our services, treatments, and what to expect when you visit our clinic in Palm Beach County. We’ve compiled a list of frequently asked questions to provide you with clarity and peace of mind.

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Does Insurance Cover The Light Adjustable Lens Implant?2024-03-26T10:03:33-04:00

While insurance plans cover basic lens implants for cataract surgery, the Light Adjustable Lens (LAL) is considered an advanced technology IOL, and is not often covered by insurance.

Is The Light Adjustable Lens Right For Me?2024-03-26T10:01:45-04:00

The Light Adjustable Lens is great for patients who want a custom solution to reduce their dependence on glasses. However, LAL does require you to come in for the follow-up appointments, and you must be able to wear post-surgery UV-protective glasses until the final “lock-in” light treatment.

Why Do I Have to Wear UV Protected Glasses?2024-03-25T17:52:42-04:00

The Light Adjustable Lens (LAL) is fine-tuned with UV light during your recovery. To prevent accidental adjustments before the final lock-in, we recommend wearing UV-protective glasses for 2-5 weeks after surgery, especially when going outdoors in bright sunlight. The LAL features an “active shield”, which minimizes power shifts, offering peace of mind if you do forget your glasses. But wearing UV glasses is recommended for optimal results.

What eye care services do you offer?2024-03-21T15:06:05-04:00

See Vision Eye Institute offers a comprehensive range of eye care services, including but not limited to, cataract surgery, cornea treatment, collaborative management for macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma treatment, and general eye exams.

How can I book an appointment?2024-03-21T15:04:56-04:00

You can schedule an appointment by calling our office directly, filling out the appointment form on our website, or by visiting our clinic in Palm Beach County.

Do you accept new patients?2024-03-21T15:04:04-04:00

Yes, we are always welcoming new patients to join our See Vision family. Please contact us to find out how to start your eye care journey with us.

What insurance plans do you accept?2024-03-21T15:02:56-04:00

We accept a variety of insurance plans. Please, contact our office for the most up-to-date list of accepted insurance providers.

What is cornea treatment?2024-03-21T15:02:08-04:00

Cornea treatment encompasses a range of medical procedures aimed at restoring or improving the function and clarity of the cornea, the clear, dome-shaped surface that covers the front of the eye. Treatments can range from non-invasive methods like special contact lenses to surgical interventions such as corneal transplants.

Who needs cornea treatment?2024-03-21T15:01:05-04:00

Individuals with corneal diseases such as keratoconus, corneal dystrophies, corneal infections, or injuries may require cornea treatment. Those experiencing vision problems due to corneal scarring or swelling could also be candidates for corneal procedures.

What are the symptoms of corneal disease?2024-03-21T14:59:07-04:00

Symptoms of corneal disease can include blurred vision, glare or halos around lights, pain or redness in the eye, increased sensitivity to light, and the sensation of a foreign body in the eye.

What types of cornea treatments are available?2024-03-21T14:57:59-04:00

See Vision Eye Institute offers a variety of cornea treatments, including:

  • Corneal Transplant Surgery: Replacing a damaged cornea with a healthy donor cornea.
  • Laser Surgery: Procedures like PTK or PRK to reshape the cornea and correct vision.
  • Collagen Cross-Linking: A treatment to strengthen the cornea, often used for keratoconus.
  • Antibiotic or Steroid Eye Drops: Used for treating infections and reducing inflammation.
How do I know if I need cornea treatment?2024-03-21T14:54:45-04:00

An evaluation by one of our skilled ophthalmologists is the best way to determine if you need cornea treatment. We use state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment to assess your corneal health and recommend the most effective treatment options.

Is cornea treatment painful?2024-03-21T14:53:40-04:00

Cornea treatment usually involves minimal discomfort. Surgical procedures are performed using anesthesia to ensure patients are comfortable and pain-free. Post-operative discomfort can typically be managed with medication prescribed by your doctor.

What is the recovery time for treatment?2024-03-21T14:49:57-04:00

Recovery time can vary based on the specific treatment. For non-surgical treatments, patients may resume normal activities almost immediately, while surgical procedures may require several weeks to months for complete recovery. Your doctor will provide a detailed recovery plan tailored to your specific treatment.

Will my vision improve immediately after treatment?2024-03-21T14:48:55-04:00

Vision improvement depends on the type of treatment. Some patients notice a difference quickly, while others may experience gradual improvement as their eyes heal. Your doctor will discuss what you can expect in terms of vision improvement.

How can I prepare for treatment?2024-03-21T14:41:56-04:00

Treatment preparation may include stopping the use of contact lenses for a period, using prescribed eye drops, and arranging for someone to drive you home after the procedure. Your doctor will give you a detailed list of pre-operative instructions.

Are there any risks associated with cornea treatment?2024-03-21T14:38:35-04:00

As with any medical procedure, there are potential risks associated with cornea treatment, which can include infection, rejection of a donor, or complications related to the surgery. However, treatments are generally safe and successful, especially when performed by experienced specialists at our institute.

What is Macular Degeneration?2024-03-21T14:30:25-04:00

Macular degeneration, often referred to as age-related macular degeneration (AMD), is a condition that typically affects older adults and results in vision loss in the center of the field of vision. The macula, which is responsible for central vision, gets damaged, which can significantly impact the ability to see fine details, read, or recognize faces.

What are the Types of Macular Degeneration?2024-03-21T14:29:41-04:00

There are two main types of macular degeneration:

  • Dry Macular Degeneration: This type is more common and occurs when the macula thins over time as part of the aging process, gradually blurring central vision.
  • Wet Macular Degeneration: Less common but more severe, wet AMD happens when abnormal blood vessels grow under the retina and leak fluids or blood, causing rapid damage and vision loss.
What are the Symptoms of Macular Degeneration?2024-03-21T14:27:44-04:00

Symptoms of macular degeneration can include:

  • A gradual loss of ability to see objects clearly
  • A distorted vision where straight lines appear wavy
  • A dark, empty area or blind spot in the center of vision
  • Difficulty adapting to low light levels
  • Decreased intensity or brightness of colors
How is Macular Degeneration Diagnosed?2024-03-21T14:17:40-04:00

Macular degeneration is diagnosed through a comprehensive eye exam that includes:

  • Visual Acuity Test: This test measures how well you see at distances.
  • Dilated Eye Exam: Drops are placed in your eyes to widen the pupils, which allows for a closer examination of the retina.
  • Amsler Grid: This test helps detect vision problems associated with damage to the macula.
  • Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT): This imaging test provides cross-sectional images of the retina and can identify areas of thickening or thinning.
What Treatments Are Available for Macular Degeneration?2024-03-21T14:15:23-04:00

While there is no cure for macular degeneration, there are treatments that can help slow its progression or reduce the severity of the symptoms:

  • Medications: Anti-VEGF drugs can help reduce the number of abnormal blood vessels in your retina or slow leaking from blood vessels.
  • Laser Therapy: High-energy laser light can sometimes be used to destroy actively growing abnormal blood vessels that occur in macular degeneration.
  • Photodynamic Laser Therapy: A two-step treatment that uses a light-sensitive drug to damage the abnormal blood vessels.
  • Low Vision Aids: Devices that have special lenses or electronic systems that produce enlarged images of nearby objects help people who have vision loss from macular degeneration live more independently.
Can Lifestyle Changes Help with Macular Degeneration?2024-03-21T14:13:48-04:00

Yes, lifestyle changes may help protect your vision and slow the disease. These include:

  • Eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, particularly dark, leafy greens
  • Consuming fish high in omega-3 fatty acids
  • Not smoking
  • Maintaining normal blood pressure and cholesterol levels
  • Exercising regularly
How does diabetes affect the eyes?2024-03-21T14:10:47-04:00

Diabetes can cause changes in the small blood vessels that nourish the retina. Over time, these vessels can swell and leak fluid or even close off completely. In other cases, abnormal new blood vessels grow on the surface of the retina.

What are the symptoms of Diabetic Retinopathy?2024-03-21T14:09:23-04:00

In the early stages, the symptoms of Diabetic Retinopathy may be absent or may only cause mild vision problems. If left untreated or blood sugar is poorly controlled, it could lead to…

  • Blurred vision
  • Fluctuating vision
  • Dark or empty areas in your vision
  • Vision loss
  • Difficulty perceiving colors
How is Diabetic Retinopathy diagnosed?2024-03-21T14:06:58-04:00

Diabetic Retinopathy is diagnosed during a comprehensive dilated eye exam that includes:

  • Visual acuity testing
  • Tonometry
  • Pupil dilation
  • Optical coherence tomography (OCT)
  • Fluorescein angiography (in some cases)
Can Diabetic Retinopathy be treated?2024-03-21T14:04:05-04:00

Yes, while there is no cure for Diabetic Retinopathy, treatments are available that can slow the progression of the disease and even improve vision. These treatments include laser surgery, vitrectomy, and injections into the eye.

What can I do to prevent Diabetic Retinopathy?2024-03-21T14:01:14-04:00

Managing your diabetes is key to prevent Diabetic Retinopathy. This includes:

  • Controlling your blood sugar level
  • Keeping blood pressure and cholesterol levels in check
  • Quitting smoking or using tobacco in any form
  • Having regular eye exams as recommended by your eye doctor
Is Diabetic Retinopathy reversible?2024-03-21T13:58:14-04:00

While some treatments can reverse vision loss and improve sight, Diabetic Retinopathy itself is not reversible. Early detection and management are crucial in preserving vision.

How often should I have an eye exam if I have diabetes?2024-03-21T13:57:32-04:00

The American Diabetes Association recommends that adults with type 1 diabetes have a comprehensive eye exam within five years of their diagnosis and then annually. For those with type 2 diabetes, a comprehensive eye exam should be performed shortly after the diagnosis and then annually.

Will I go blind if I have Diabetic Retinopathy?2024-03-21T13:54:17-04:00

With early detection, proper treatment, and good control of your diabetes, the risk of going blind due to diabetic retinopathy can be significantly reduced.

What are the treatment options for glaucoma?2024-03-21T13:51:10-04:00

Treatment for glaucoma aims to lower intraocular pressure to prevent further optic nerve damage. Options include:

  • Medications: Eye drops and oral medications can help reduce eye pressure.
  • Laser Therapy: Procedures like trabeculoplasty can improve drainage of eye fluid.
  • Surgery: Minimally invasive glaucoma surgeries (MIGS) and other procedures can create new drainage channels or reduce eye fluid production.
Can glaucoma be cured?2024-03-21T13:48:37-04:00

While there is no cure for glaucoma, early detection and consistent treatment can manage the condition and prevent or slow down vision loss. It’s crucial to adhere to your treatment plan and follow up regularly with your eye care professional.

How often should I be checked for glaucoma?2024-03-21T13:46:53-04:00

The frequency of glaucoma check-ups can vary depending on your risk factors, age, and the current health of your eyes. Typically, most patients require eye exams at 3 to 6-month intervals, but your ophthalmologist may suggest more frequent evaluations if you have glaucoma or high-risk factors.

Will I need to use glaucoma medication for the rest of my life?2024-03-21T13:43:27-04:00

The need for glaucoma medication can depend on how well your glaucoma is controlled and whether you undergo surgery. Some patients may need lifelong medication, while others may experience a reduction of their intraocular pressure with surgical solutions.

How can I get started with glaucoma treatment at See Vision Eye Institute?2024-03-21T13:42:25-04:00

Get started with your treatment journey for glaucoma by contacting us to schedule a comprehensive eye examination. Our expert team is ready to provide personalized care plans based on the latest advances in glaucoma management.

How is Dry Eye treated at See Vision Eye Institute?2024-03-21T13:41:35-04:00

Our approach to Dry Eye treatment includes a combination of the following options, tailored to your specific needs:

  • Artificial Tears: Over-the-counter eye drops to supplement natural tear production.
  • Prescription Eye Drops: Medications to increase tear production or reduce inflammation.
  • Punctal Plugs: Tiny devices inserted in tear ducts to prevent tear drainage, keeping your eyes moist.
  • Lifestyle Adjustments: Recommendations to change your environment or habits that may be contributing to Dry Eye.
  • Specialized Procedures: Advanced options for severe cases, such as thermal pulsation treatment or intense pulsed light therapy.
What can I expect during a Dry Eye treatment session?2024-03-21T13:38:30-04:00

During a Dry Eye treatment session, you will undergo a thorough examination to assess the severity of your condition. Treatment is usually outpatient, meaning you can go home the same day. Some treatments, like the application of punctal plugs, are quick and offer immediate relief, while others may take longer to show results.

How long will it take to see improvements from Dry Eye treatment?2024-03-21T13:37:14-04:00

The time frame for improvements can vary depending on the underlying cause of Dry Eye and the treatment method used. Some patients experience relief immediately after treatment, while others may notice gradual improvement over several weeks.

Can Dry Eye be completely cured?2024-03-21T13:34:23-04:00

Dry Eye is a chronic condition and while it can be managed effectively with treatment, it may not be completely curable. Our goal is to provide you with the most comfortable and clear vision possible, and to minimize the symptoms of Dry Eye in your daily life.

Will I need to continue Dry Eye treatment indefinitely?2024-03-21T13:32:13-04:00

Many patients find that ongoing dry eye treatment is necessary to maintain comfort and eye health. We will work with you to create a long-term management plan that may include regular use of eye drops, lifestyle changes, and periodic evaluations.

Is Dry Eye treatment covered by insurance?2024-03-21T13:29:52-04:00

Coverage for Dry Eye treatment varies by insurance provider and plan. Our office staff can assist you in understanding your benefits and any out-of-pocket costs.

How can I prevent Dry Eye?2024-03-21T13:26:03-04:00

Preventing Dry Eye involves protecting your eyes from environmental factors that contribute to tear evaporation. We recommend wearing sunglasses outdoors, taking breaks during prolonged computer use, staying hydrated, and using a humidifier in dry environments.

What is comprehensive eye care?2024-03-21T13:23:51-04:00

Comprehensive eye care refers to a full range of eye health services including vision testing for glasses and contact lenses, screening for eye diseases, and treatments for various conditions. It encompasses preventive, diagnostic, and therapeutic services for all aspects of eye health.

Why is comprehensive eye care important?2024-03-21T13:21:24-04:00

Regular comprehensive eye exams are crucial not only for ensuring proper vision but also for detecting eye diseases at an early stage. Many eye conditions, if caught early, can be treated more effectively, preventing further deterioration of vision.

What can I expect during a comprehensive eye exam?2024-03-21T13:20:38-04:00

During a comprehensive eye exam, your eye doctor will conduct a series of tests to evaluate your vision and check for eye diseases. These tests can range from simple ones, like having you read an eye chart, to complex tests, such as using a high-powered lens to examine the health of the tissues inside your eyes.

How often should I get a comprehensive eye exam?2024-03-21T13:20:01-04:00

The frequency of comprehensive eye exams can depend on your age, health, and risk of developing eye problems. Generally, adults should have their eyes tested every one to two years, but your eye doctor may recommend a different schedule based on your specific needs.

Does comprehensive eye care include treatment for eye conditions?2024-03-21T13:18:58-04:00

Yes, comprehensive eye care includes management and treatment for various eye conditions such as dry eye syndrome, glaucoma, cataracts, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and more.

Can comprehensive eye care detect systemic health problems?2024-03-21T13:14:53-04:00

Yes, comprehensive eye care can sometimes detect signs of systemic health problems such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. The eye is the only place in the body where doctors can have an unobstructed view of your blood vessels, nerves, and connecting tissue without surgery.

Will my insurance cover comprehensive eye care?2024-03-21T13:14:10-04:00

Many insurance plans cover comprehensive eye care, but coverage can vary widely. We recommend checking with your insurance provider to understand the details of your coverage. Our office can also assist you with insurance-related questions.

What should I bring to my comprehensive eye exam?2024-03-21T13:12:08-04:00

To your comprehensive eye exam, you should bring your current eyeglasses or contact lenses, a list of any medications you are taking, your medical and eye health history, and your health insurance card.

How do I prepare for a comprehensive eye exam?2024-03-21T13:11:15-04:00

No special preparation is needed for a comprehensive eye exam. Because you will be dilated, be sure to bring your sunglasses, and someone to drive you if needed. It may be helpful to bring a list of questions or concerns you have about your vision or eye health.

How long does a comprehensive eye exam take?2024-03-21T13:03:21-04:00

A comprehensive eye exam typically takes between 45 to 90 minutes, depending on the complexity of tests required to fully assess your vision and the health of your eyes.

How is Refractive Lens Exchange different from Cataract Surgery?2024-03-21T13:02:32-04:00

While both Refractive Lens Exchange and cataract surgery involve replacing the eye’s natural lens with an IOL, the key difference is that RLE is performed to correct refractive errors, whereas cataract surgery is performed to remove a cloudy lens caused by cataracts.

What should I expect during the Refractive Lens Exchange procedure?2024-03-21T13:00:33-04:00

RLE is an outpatient procedure typically completed within just minutes per eye. You will be under local anesthesia, and you might also receive a mild sedative. The process involves making a small incision in the eye to remove the natural lens and replace it with the selected IOL.

What is the recovery time after Refractive Lens Exchange?2024-03-21T12:52:18-04:00

Most patients notice improved vision within a few days after RLE, but it can take up to several weeks for vision to stabilize. Your doctor will provide specific post-operative instructions, and you will have follow-up appointments to monitor your recovery and vision.

Are there any risks associated with Refractive Lens Exchange?2024-03-21T12:49:47-04:00

As with any surgery, RLE carries some risks, such as inflammation, infection, or issues with the placement of the IOL. However, these risks are relatively low, and your surgeon will discuss all potential complications and how they are managed before the procedure.

Will I need glasses after Refractive Lens Exchange?2024-03-21T12:48:02-04:00

Many patients experience significant improvements in vision after Refractive Lens Exchange and may not require glasses for most activities. However, some may need reading glasses or glasses for certain tasks, depending on the type of IOL used and the individual’s specific vision needs.

How do I know if Refractive Lens Exchange is right for me?2024-03-21T12:46:17-04:00

The best way to determine if Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE) is suitable for you is by scheduling a comprehensive eye examination and consultation at See Vision Eye Institute. Our experienced eye care professionals will evaluate your vision, discuss your lifestyle needs, and recommend the best options for your eye health.

What makes advanced Laser Cataract Surgery different?2024-03-21T12:44:07-04:00

Advanced Laser Cataract Surgery employs laser technology for precision, enhancing safety and outcomes compared to traditional methods.

How do I know if I need Cataract Surgery?2024-03-21T12:42:35-04:00

Typically, cataract surgery is recommended when cataracts cause enough vision loss to interfere with your daily activities. An ophthalmologist at See Vision Eye Institute can assess your vision and recommend if and when surgery is necessary.

Is Cataract Surgery safe?2024-03-21T12:36:44-04:00

Yes, cataract surgery is one of the most common and successful surgical procedures performed today. As with any surgical procedure, there are risks involved, but these are minimal and our team is equipped with the expertise to ensure the highest standards of safety.

What can I expect during Laser Cataract Surgery?2024-03-21T12:30:31-04:00

During the laser cataract surgery procedure, your eye will be numbed with eye drop anesthesia. The clouded lens will be fragmented and removed, and a new, clear IOL will be implanted. Our patients often tell us this is a relaxing experience and they can’t wait for the surgery on their fellow eye! The process is generally quick and painless.

What is the recovery like after Cataract Surgery?2024-03-21T12:26:55-04:00

Post-surgery, you may experience mild discomfort and blurry vision, but many patients report clear vision within several hours to a few days. Your eye may completely heal within eight weeks. Your doctor will provide specific aftercare instructions and schedule follow-up visits to monitor your recovery.

Will I need glasses after Cataract Surgery?2024-03-21T12:24:22-04:00

It depends on which package you choose. Our cataract surgery packages are entirely personalized to your preferences so you have the freedom to select the vision outcome that aligns with your needs. During your consultation, we’ll discuss your vision goals and IOL options to customize your treatment plan.

How long does the clarity from Cataract Surgery last?2024-03-21T12:18:09-04:00

Your new intraocular lens is permanently placed inside your eye. The artificial IOL does not age like the natural lens, so you will not develop cataracts again. However, most patients experience a gradual clouding of the capsular bag that holds the intraocular lens. This is easily treated with a simple laser procedure.

How do I prepare for Cataract Surgery?2024-03-21T12:01:58-04:00

Prior to cataract surgery, you’ll have a pre-operative appointment to measure your eye and discuss IOL options. We will also work with your primary care physician to provide medical clearance for your surgery. It’s important to follow all pre-surgery instructions given by your surgeon, which may include fasting or avoiding certain medications.

Do you provide educational resources about eye health?2024-03-21T11:58:29-04:00

Yes, we believe in empowering our patients with knowledge. We offer a variety of educational resources about eye health on our website, and our staff is always available to answer any questions you may have.

What is the recovery time for eye surgery?2024-03-21T11:55:00-04:00

Recovery time varies depending on the type of surgery performed. We will provide you with detailed post-operative care instructions and what you can expect during the recovery period.

Will I need someone to drive me home after my eye procedure?2024-03-21T11:52:30-04:00

Because you will receive medication to relax you, we require you to have someone drive you home after your eye procedure.

How do I know which eye treatment is right for me?2024-03-21T11:47:07-04:00

Our expert team will conduct a comprehensive evaluation of your eye health and discuss your vision goals to recommend the most appropriate treatment options for you.

What can I expect during my first visit?2024-03-21T11:45:51-04:00

Your first visit will include a thorough eye examination and a consultation to discuss your eye health history and any symptoms you may be experiencing. Based on the assessment, we will discuss potential treatment options or additional tests if necessary.

Are eye care procedures painful?2024-03-21T11:41:42-04:00

Most eye care procedures involve minimal discomfort. We use the latest techniques and anesthesia to ensure your comfort during any procedure. Post-operative pain is typically minimal and manageable with medication if needed.

What if I don’t have insurance or my plan is not accepted?2024-03-21T11:39:30-04:00

We offer various financing options to help make your treatment affordable. Please contact our office for more information.

Can I use my Flexible Spending Account (FSA) or Health Savings Account (HSA) for payment?2024-03-21T11:28:32-04:00

Yes, FSAs and HSAs are typically accepted for many eye care services and treatments. We recommend that you check with your account provider to confirm the specific services covered.

What is glaucoma, and how is it detected?2024-03-21T11:22:54-04:00

Glaucoma is a group of eye conditions that damage the optic nerve, often associated with increased pressure within the eye (intraocular pressure) and can lead to vision loss if not treated. It is detected through a comprehensive eye exam, which includes tests for eye pressure, optic nerve damage, visual field loss, and the angle in the eye where the iris meets the cornea.

What happens during my Cataract Surgery consultation?2024-03-21T11:20:19-04:00

You can expect a thorough evaluation of your eye health and vision during your cataract surgery consultation at See Vision Eye Institute. The consultation typically includes reviewing your medical history, a visual acuity test, a refraction, a measurement of intraocular pressure, a slit-lamp examination, and a dilated eye examination. Your cataract will be assessed, and Dr. Gorscak will discuss treatment options. If Dr. Gorscak determines cataract surgery is necessary, we will take specialized measurements and perform imaging tests to determine the best options for your vision. You’ll also have the opportunity to ask questions and address any concerns you may have about the procedure and its outcomes.

How does the LAL differ from traditional lenses?2024-03-21T11:16:05-04:00

Unlike traditional lenses, the LAL offers adaptability through light-adjusting technology, enabling precise customization for optimal vision.

Is the LAL suitable for astigmatism correction?2024-03-21T11:13:55-04:00

Yes, the LAL is suitable for individuals with pre-existing astigmatism, providing effective correction for clear vision.

Can the LAL be adjusted multiple times?2024-03-21T11:01:17-04:00

Yes, the LAL can be adjusted multiple times, ensuring it stays aligned with changes in your eyes or lifestyle.

What is the procedure like for implanting the LAL?2024-03-20T16:26:26-04:00

The implantation procedure is efficient and minimally invasive, and our skilled surgeons guide patients through each step with care.

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