FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
It depends on the reason for the visit. First time visits can take 60-90 minutes. Cataract, glaucoma and/or retinal evaluations may take up to 2 hours if specialized testing is required. Routine follow up visits can be as short as 30 minutes, but can vary.
Dilation uses eye drops to make the pupil larger so the back of he eye can be thoroughly examined. Your vision may be blurry and you will be more sensitive to light. Depending on your age and color of your eye, it can last from 2-6 hours.
HOW LONG IS AN EYE EXAM? WHAT IS DILATION & HOW LONG DOES IT LAST?
Our office accepts medical insurance plans. We do NOT accept vision insurance.
We accept Medicare and most major medical plans including, but not limited to Blue Cross Blue Shield, United Healthcare, Aetna, Cigna. We do not accept any Medicaid insurance plans.
Please call the office for more information and to check about your individual plan.
WHAT INSURANCES ARE ACCEPTED?
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Manual cataract surgery, which requires Dr. Gupta to use handheld blades and basic techniques to remove the cataract, IS covered by Medicare and commercial insurance plans. This includes a standard MONOFOCAL lens and you WILL need glasses after surgery.
Laser cataract surgery and/or the multifocal lens is NOT covered by any insurances.
IS CATARACT SURGERY COVERED BY INSURANCE?
Laser cataract surgery allows Dr. Gupta to do surgery without any blades. She uses FEMTOSECOND laser technology to design a customized treatment plan that allows for increased precision and efficiency, including astigmatism correction.
It can be combined with both the monofocal and multifocal lens implant. It is NOT covered by Medicare and commercial insurance plans.
WHAT IS LASER CATARACT SURGERY?
COVERED BY INSURANCE: standard MONOFOCAL lens.
You WILL need glasses after surgery, for reading, distance, or both, depending on your individual eye.
NOT COVERD BY INSURANCE:
1. MULTIFOCAL lens - full range of vision, you can expect to do ~90% of your activities without glasses.
2. TORIC lens - corrects astigmatism (available in both monofocal and multifocal)
WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT ARTIFICIAL LENS CHOICES ?
MONOFOCAL LENS - will definitely need glasses
MULTIFOCAL LENS - can do about 90% of activities without glasses, including reading. You may experience a "glow" or "halo" around lights at night. Most people get used to this within a couple of months as your brain adapts to the new lenses. Most appropriate for eyes that are otherwise healthy (for example, no glaucoma or macular degeneration).
WHAT VISION CAN I EXPECT AFTER SURGERY WITH EACH ARTIFICIAL LENS?
Glaucoma is an optic nerve disease in which there is thinning/loss of nerve tissue that causes vision loss. It is commonly associated with high eye pressure, but you can still develop glaucoma even with normal eye pressure.
Glaucoma is treated by lower eye pressure: eye drops, laser treatments, dissolvable implants, and/or surgery.
WHAT IS GLAUCOMA?
Narrow angle glaucoma is a subtype of glaucoma in which the drain in the front of the eye is shallow. This can lead to glaucoma. Narrow angle glaucoma is typically treated with a prophylactic laser treatment called a laser peripheral iridotomy, which is done in the office and typically takes about 5 minutes.
WHAT IS NARROW ANGLE GLAUCOMA?
SLT is an in-office laser treatment that takes less than 5 minutes to perform. it is typically equal to one eye drop in terms of lowering eye pressure and can be used first line instead of eye drops. There are no preparations before or restrictions after the procedure. On average, the treatment effects lasts about two years and may be repeated.
WHAT IS GLAUCOMA LASER TREATMENT (SLT)?
"Routine" dry eye can often be treated with over the counter artificial tears and lubricating drops. If drops are not enough or are too difficult to keep putting in, Dr. Gupta can insert dry eye plugs that help to maintain the moisture on the surface of your eye so you do not have to rely on eye drops for lubrication.
When dry eye is associated with ocular surface inflammation, it becomes important to treat the oil glands along the eyelid margin as well using cleansing wipes and/or sprays, or with the TearCare® System.
HOW DO YOU TREAT DRY EYE & OCULAR SURFACE INFLAMMATION?