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Are there "Cataract Surgery" mills?

It appears to me that I have run into a new practice similiar to the "pill" mills here in Florida. "Cataract" mills where the doctors recommend surgery & say it will correct all your vision problems. I went to 1 ophthamologist who recommended I get both eyes done, although I have only lost vision, which is uncorrectable in my left eye. This was after he had spent @ 5 minutes with me. He said after surgery, I would only need glasses to read. I went to a nuero-ophthamolgist who recommended cataract surgery on my right eye only & said he could correct it to 20/30, after he spent about 5 minutes with me. (Neither one has billed my insurance company yet!) The other ophthamologists & optometrists I have seen who have done lengthy examinations, have all stated that cataract surgery will eventially need to be done but the cataracts in both eyes are just starting and are not the reason for the vision loss in the right eye. Has anyone else had this problem with eye specialists?.
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Sorry, I do not understand your reply. What does the "=" mean?  Thank you!!
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It means I have read your question and have no comment. You are asking for other people's experience.

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I often side with the person who says "you don't need to have surgery" since you immediately know that they're not being greedy. However, there's no harm in getting more opinions.

Prior to my cataract surgery my retinal specialist said he could probably get me two lines better in my left eye after surgery.  A few months later glare started becoming a real problem and he said it could be the cataract.

I went to a cataract surgeon and he recommended the surgery. Start with the bad eye (left) and see how that progresses.

I then went for a third opinion and that surgeon said it's up to me. The cataracts were there and possibly impeding vision but he wasn't sure it would help. He did say the biggest benefit would be to no longer need super thick glasses.

So that was three opinions I had.

If you don't feel comfortable with a doctor, PLEASE, do not let them perform surgery on your eye. Imagine how their post-op care will be when you complain of light streaks, or blurred vision?
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