Medicare and commercial insurances typically cover the costs of cataract surgery as a medically necessary procedure. However, if you choose to undergo surgery with the LenSx® laser and/or a specialized or premium IOL, Medicare and commercial insurances consider these to be “non-covered services,” resulting in additional out-of-pocket expense. Financing may be available for those patients desiring advanced cataract surgery.
Option 1: Standard Surgery
This option includes cataract surgery with a high-quality, standard implant that will improve your distance vision. Almost every patient will need reading glasses with the standard implant, and most patients will need bifocal glasses for optimal distance and near vision. There are no additional fees involved beyond the deductible and co-payments associated with surgery.
Option 2: Astigmatism Correction
This option uses a combination of the LenSx® laser and/or a toric IOL to reduce or eliminate your astigmatism and maximize your distance vision.
Most people have some astigmatism, meaning that the cornea, or clear “window” into the eye, is not perfectly round, but shaped more like an oval, similar to the difference between a soccer ball and a football.
By correcting the astigmatism, your distance vision without glasses will be maximized, though you will need reading glasses for near work. These can be prescription reading glasses or “over-the-counter” readers, depending on your preference. This option costs just under $2000 per eye beyond your deductible/ co-payments associated with cataract surgery.
Patients who choose this option are able to wear nonprescription sunglasses and enjoy many activities such as golf, tennis, swimming, and driving without the hassle of glasses.
This option utilizes the LenSx® laser to assist in the performance of state-of the art cataract removal with implantation of either the PanOptix® trifocal intraocular lens or the Vivity® extended depth of focus (EDOF) intraocular lens.
PanOptix® is the first FDA-approved trifocal lens available in the United States and has been used by Dr. Arey since 2019 in patients striving for maximum glasses independence following cataract surgery. This lens is ideal for those with an active lifestyle wishing to achieve excellent vision at all ranges (distance/ intermediate/ near) with minimal dependence on reading glasses after surgery.As with all multifocal lenses, there is an increased chance of halos and/or glare with PanOptix® versus a conventional monofocal lens implant.
Vivity® was approved by the FDA in 2020 as the newest EDOF lens available for patients undergoing cataract surgery. Vivity® provides a range of vision from distance to intermediate without additional risk of halos and/or glare. Detailed near tasks such as reading fine print may require either reading glasses or an adjustment in the font size/ zoom on your smartphone or other device. Vivity® may also be an option for patients that have other pre-existing ocular conditions that would otherwise prevent them from receiving a premium intraocular lens implant.
Dr. Arey is pleased to have been among the first cataract surgeons in America and to implant both the PanOptix® and Vivity® lenses. This option costs just under $3200 per eye beyond the deductible/ co-pays associated with surgery.
To learn more about Dr. Arey and FMC Eye Specialists, or to schedule an appointment, please call us at (813) 284-2323.