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 a state-of the art cataract surgery and the ACTIVEFOCUS ReSTOR® multifocal IOL to improve vision for both distance and intermediate/ near vision. This option costs just under $3000 per eye beyond your deductible/ co-pays associated with surgery.
The ACTIVEFOCUS ReSTOR® IOL is a distance correcting lens implant that by nature of its unique design also creates a second focal point at 21 inches to allow for the performance of many every day tasks without the need for glasses. This option is ideal for the active cataract patient who performs many activities that require good distance vision but also wish to see well at their computer. The ACTIVEFOCUS design minimizes the likelihood of significant post-operative halos seen in previous generations of multifocal lens implants.
To learn more about Dr. Arey and FMC Eye Specialists, or to schedule an appointment, please call us at (813) 284-2323.