We found 2 providers matching cataract surgery and who accept Medicaid near Vancouver, WA.
Dr. Richard Bernheimer is a medical specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. Bernheimer's average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. He is especially interested in comprehensive ophthalmology and cataracts. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis, Dr. Bernheimer attended medical school at the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine. He offers interpreting services for his patients. His hospital/clinic affiliations include PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center and Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center.
Clinical Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Cataracts
2013 Procedure Details
- Volume: 49
- Charge (avg.): $1,676
- Negotiated Rate (avg.): $661
Dr. Adam Rasky specializes in ophthalmology (eye disease) and practices in Vancouver, WA. He is affiliated with PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center. Dr. Rasky obtained his medical school training at the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Utah. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers.
2013 Procedure Details
- Volume: 47
- Charge (avg.): $1,675
- Negotiated Rate (avg.): $666
A cataract is a cloudy, dull area that develops in the lens of the eye, usually in people over the age of 55. It is sometimes linked to a deficiency in certain nutrients, especially lutein, zinc, and vitamin E. Cataracts can cause significant vision loss and even blindness. Cataract surgery is a procedure to remove the damaged lens and replace it with an artificial lens, making it possible to see clearly again.
Cataract surgery is a relatively simple surgery, performed under local anesthetic, which usually takes less than an hour. The ophthalmologist makes a tiny incision in the corner of the eye and removes the old lens. Then the new lens, which is permanent and made of plastic, is inserted. There are different kinds of replacement lenses available, just as there are different kinds of lenses for eyeglasses. Monofocal lenses are good for distance but will require the use of reading glasses for near vision. Bifocal lenses have different focal points for near and far vision depending on the angle at which you look through the lens. There are even adjustable lenses that can shift between near and far vision with the movement of your eye muscles.
If both eyes require surgery, usually the ophthalmologist does one eye at a time to allow your vision on one side to heal before performing surgery on the other. After surgery, you can typically go home right away, although driving is not recommended. There is not usually much pain, but you might feel an itching sensation for the first day or two as the incision in your eye heals. It may take several weeks for your vision to fully adapt to the new lens.