Additional Information Regarding Cataracts Surgery

Cataracts surgery after Lasik

Although it is possible to have cataracts surgery after Lasik, it is much more difficult. In Lasik, the cornea of the eye is reshaped to enhance and correct vision. The problem is, after Lasik it is very hard to determine what power of intraocular lens (IOL) the individual will need during cataracts surgery.

As people age, cataracts are a normal occurrence, for this reason, if a patient is over forty and their doctor recommends Lasik to correct the vision, it is advised to seek a second opinion to ensure that the problem is not actually being caused by a cataracts.

Insurance and Cost Associated with Cataracts Surgery

In most cases, cataracts surgery is covered by Medicare, PPO insurance and HMO's. In 2002, the most recent data shows that Medicare paid for 1.733 million cataracts surgeries in the United States. 20

Most insurance companies and Medicare will pay for the cataracts removal surgery once a patient's eye sight has deteriorated to 20/50 or less when tested on a standard eye chart. 20 The surgery and the IOL's however are different. In some instances insurance companies will pay the entire process as one bill, while in others there will be as separate cost for surgery and for the artificial IOL's.

Additionally, some IOL's, such as the new accommodating lenses, are not covered by insurance companies. In this case the lenses must be paid out of pocket by the patient.

It is best to check with both the insurance companies and the surgeon's administrative staff to ensure no misunderstanding of who will pay for what part of the procedure.

Who performs the surgery?

A cataracts surgeon is a general ophthalmologist. An ophthalmologist is a medical doctor. This type of doctor has chosen to specialize in eye care to include surgery of the eye. There are general ophthalmologists who treat and diagnose eye diseases and problems and prescribe eyewear. General ophthalmologists can also perform surgery for common eye conditions such as cataracts. A specialist ophthalmologist has received additional training and experience in order to treat specific areas and diseases of the eye.