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Welcome to McDonald Eye Associates, where we are proud to say we are a nationally-recognized leader in the field of vision correction. For more than 40 years, we have taken great pride in offering our patients the best possible care from an experienced team of doctors and staff.

Since we want your experience in our care to be as positive as possible, we hope that you will take the time to read this brochure and understand your options regarding cataracts and cataract surgery. It’s our promise to keep you informed about your options so that you can experience the vision you truly deserve.


Cataract surgery is simple: the eye’s natural, clouded lens is replaced with a small artificial lens, called an intraocular lens (IOL). These lenses restore clarity and your natural ability to see, without the cloudiness of cataracts. The procedure typically takes no longer than half an hour and is one of the safest, most commonly-performed procedures in the U.S. Patients are often astonished by the stunning return of clear vision.

If you want less dependence on glasses and contacts after cataract surgery, we offer several options that can give you more visual freedom. Our surgeons offer their experience in continuous vision and premium lens implants and surgical techniques to reduce your dependency on glasses and contacts after cataract surgery.


Your surgeon will work with you to help choose the right cataract lens option for you and your lifestyle.

Dr. Jay McDonald, founder of McDonald Eye Associates, shares about the different advanced lens options available to cataract patients to best fit their individual lifestyles.


We understand that cataract surgery is a big decision, and we want to make sure you are fully informed. Below are some of the most common questions we receive about cataracts and cataract surgery.

Does cataract surgery hurt?

Patient comfort is a high priority for our surgery team, and patients are typically surprised at the ease of their surgery. Our team will help comfort you through the cataract process by using numbing drops and IV sedation. While patients do experience some pressure during surgery, it is not painful. Most patients are pleasantly surprised by the ease and speed of their surgery.

How long until I can return to normal activities?

Every eye is different and recovery times vary from patient to patient, but you and your surgeon will discuss the best treatment plan to get you back to normal as quickly as possible. Generally, most patients can resume normal basic activities like reading and watching TV the next day, and return to work within days after surgery. We tell our patients that they can normally return to full activity one week after surgery.

Is cataract surgery covered by Insurance or Medicare?

Standard cataract surgery is typically covered by insurance or Medicare, however, deductibles, co-pays, and co-insurance may apply. There have been recent advancements in cataract surgery, such as specialty lenses, non-covered refractive lenses and diagnostics, and glaucoma procedures that can be performed at the same time as your cataract surgery. Third-party financing is available for these additional costs and your surgical coordinator will discuss your options in detail.

Learn more about Cataract Surgery by viewing our brochure

Cataract Brochure

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