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. Every patient needs reading glasses with the standard implant, and most patients need bifocal glasses for optimal distance and near vision. There are no additional fees involved beyond the deductibles and co-pays 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. 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-pays 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.
Option 3: Premium Surgery
This option utilizes the LenSx® laser to assist in the performance of state-of the art cataract removal and the PanOptix® trifocal intraocular lens to enable vision for distance, intermediate, and near tasks without blurred zones, making it ideal for the active cataract patient who wishes to achieve excellent vision at all ranges with minimal dependence on reading glasses after surgery.
PanOptix® is the first FDA-approved trifocal lens available in the United States with impressive research data and a track record as the leading multifocal lens in Europe and Canada. The PanOptix® design also minimizes the likelihood of significant post-operative halos seen in previous generations of multifocal lens implants. Dr. Arey is pleased to have been among the first cataract surgeons in America to implant this exciting new lens. This option costs just under $3000 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.