It’s important for you to consider the most advanced lens implant technology for your postoperative vision, as you will only have your cataracts removed one time.
If you are over the age of 65, Medicare will cover the cost of cataract surgery along with a conventional “monofocal” IOL. Patients electing monofocal IOLs typically have both eyes corrected for clear distant vision, while they often have to rely on readers or bifocal glasses for intermediate and near vision.
As an alternative to receiving a monofocal IOL, many patients today are choosing to upgrade to a new generation of IOL that not only provides distant vision – it can provide intermediate and near vision, too. These new “premium” IOLs can potentially eliminate one’s dependence on glasses for most activities such as driving, working on a computer, or reading a book, rendering a more natural and youthful-like vision.
There are a number of premium IOLs available, each having some advantages and disadvantages. Which one is best for you depends on the unique characteristics of your eye as well as your lifestyle needs. The costs of upgrading to a premium IOL are not covered by Medicare and private insurance, but recent changes in Medicare law now allow you to pay out-of-pocket for the additional costs associated with these lenses. Our staff will explain these costs and answer any questions you man have about these revolutionary IOLs.