Cataract Comanagement

LaSante Health Center

Multi-Specialty Health Clinic located in Prospect Lefferts Gardens, Brooklyn, NY

More than 20.5 million Americans aged 40 and older have cataracts, and 6.1 million have had cataract surgery. LaSante Health Center in the Prospect Lefferts Gardens area of Brooklyn, New York City, offers expert cataract co-management services if you need to undergo cataract surgery. The expert team of optometrists can help you determine if surgery is right for you, the risks and benefits, and support you with pre-operative and postoperative care. Call the LaSante Health Center to learn more, or book a consultation online.

Cataract Comanagement Q & A

What is cataract co-management?

You may need cataract co-management if you’re undergoing cataract surgery. Cataract co-management involves the collaboration of your LaSante Health Center optometrist with your cataract surgeon. The team can also refer you to an exceptional surgeon. 

Your optometrist first evaluates you to determine if cataract surgery is your best option. If so, they review the risks and benefits and pre-surgery process with you and later provide you with postoperative care. 

When do I need cataract co-management?

You may need cataract co-management if you have cataracts and need surgery. Symptoms that are occurring where cataract surgery may be a recommendation include:

  • Blurry vision
  • Seeing double 
  • Extra sensitivity to light (like headlights, lamps, or sunlight)
  • Trouble seeing well at night
  • Needing additional light when reading
  • Seeing colors as faded
  • Constantly having to change your glasses prescription 

Aging is the most common cause of cataracts. You may get cataracts if you have medical conditions like diabetes, experience an eye injury, or if you have a family history of the condition.

What can I expect from cataract co-management care?

Your optometrist at LaSante Health Center first performs a comprehensive eye exam to make a cataract diagnosis. They’ll help you make an informed decision about surgery and help you prepare. 

Your LaSante Health Center provider can share information with your surgeon regarding any existing ocular conditions, previous ocular trauma or surgeries, and contact lens wear. 

During cataract surgery, your eye surgeon removes your eye’s cloudy natural lens. They replace it with an artificial lens known as an intraocular lens (IOL). 

Postoperatively, your surgeon provides LaSante Health Center with a co-management release letter with an overview of your ocular status. They include a necessary follow-up appointment schedule and a postoperative medication plan.

Typically, you’ll need postoperative evaluations at LaSante Health Center the first day after surgery, one week after, and one and three months after surgery. 

If you have refractive issues at any stage after surgery, your optometrist can provide various supportive services like glasses. 

Cataract co-management care also helps you with any side effects of surgery, like ocular dryness or poor near vision. Your provider may encourage you to use eye drops, medication, or take omega-3 supplements.

Call LaSante Health Center today to learn more about cataract co-management. You can also schedule a consultation using the online booking feature.