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How Much Should I Pay Out of Pocket for Premium Cataract Surgery?

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How Much Should I Pay Out of Pocket for Premium Cataract Surgery

This is the third installment of a three-part series.

In the first installment “Why do I have to pay extra for cataract surgery?” I addressed the reasons why there are now optional parts of cataract surgery for which you may choose to pay extra.

In the second installment “Should I pay extra for cataract surgery?” I addressed when you should (or should not) consider paying extra for cataract surgery and went over the various choices that exist today.

Before you make any decision about paying for premium cataract surgery you should first read “Do I Really Need Cataract Surgery”

In this final installment, I want to review how much these services cost and what we at Shore Eye Associates charge for these services.

There is not a set amount that can be charged for the various options so it is up to individual surgeons and practices to decide what to charge.  Given that, there are often large differences between practices and areas of the country.

Your first concern should be, are you comfortable with your surgeon and the second should be are the charges in line with the market.

Here at Shore Eye Associates we break our surgical options into the same three options I reviewed in the second installment.

Option 1- Basic surgery-  This is what most people’s insurance covers.  Manual surgery with a fixed focus implant.  There is no “extra” charge for this surgery.  You just pay whatever deductibles or co-pay your insurance mandates.

Option 2-  Astigmatism correction-  This is what we refer to as “custom” cataract surgery.  In this surgery we fix your astigmatism along with removing the cataract.  You only need to consider this type of surgery if you have significant astigmatism.  During this surgery, we will correct your astigmatism by either using the Femto laser to make cuts in the cornea to help round it back into shape or use a custom astigmatism correcting implant (Toric) lens and sometimes when astigmatism is very high we do both.  For this surgery, we charge $1650 per eye over the rate for basic cataract surgery. 

Option 3-  Extended Range Implant-  This is what we refer to as “advanced” surgery.  This surgery corrects your astigmatism, if needed and uses an extended range implant to try to reduce your need for reading glasses.  There are several different options in this category and we will talk to you about your lifestyle and preferences and then together we will try and pick the best lens for your situation.  For this service, we charge $3000 per eye over the rate of basic cataract surgery.

The options are summarized in our chart below.

For more about cataracts and cataract surgery including videos (both animated and live surgery) visit the Cataract Surgery page on our website
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