Cataract Surgery Co-Management:
Dr. Steensma will provide much of the pre-surgical and post-surgical care. Optometric participation is beneficial for the patient, the optometrist and the surgeon. For the patient, continuity of care is maintained and eye care becomes more convenient and accessible. Co-management affords . Steensma the opportunity to maintain his role as primary eye care provider during and after the procedure. He will do the pre-op exam and help you to decide what type of IOL is best for you and then provide follow-up care after the surgery. The surgeon is allowed to work at his highest skill level doing surgery, not follow up visits.
Medicare and private insurance will generally offer coverage only for standard monofocal lens implants. This means that patients have a choice of either improving close-up or distance vision, resulting on a continued dependence on glasses or contact lenses for their vision needs. The Astigmatic, Presbyopic Correcting and the Accomodating IOLs are not covered by Medicare but using these lenses helps patients reduce their dependence on glasses or contacts most of the time. The patient has to pay additional fees for these modern IOLs.
Dr. Steensma co-manages cataract surgery with the best cataract surgeons in the county. Preferred doctors are:
Paul Dougherty, M.D,
John Davidson, M.D.
>Greg Spencer, M.D.
Yogander Garg, M.D.
Dr. Steensma will examine your eyes on the day after surgery and then again in one week after surgery. He will probably see you a few more times as needed over the next few months. When the eye has completly healed you ca resume normal annual examinations.