Cataract surgery is one of the most commonly performed surgical procedures in the United States at almost 3 million per year. As cataracts develop gradually, most are able to live with the condition and only slightly obstructed eyesight for lengthy periods of time. However, as they progress, cataracts will more greatly impede vision, and in many cases, surgical intervention eventually becomes a necessity.
The good news is that cataract surgery is one of the most effective and safest procedures performed today, with complications such as infection occurring only in rare instances. Believe it or not, it is also one of the most affordable. In a standard cataract surgery, the diseased lens is removed and replaced with an artificial intraocular lens (IOL), a process which is most often covered entirely through Medicare or another insurance provider.
Of course, there are factors that may increase the cost of cataract surgery and require out-of-pocket payments. And while these add-ons are largely beneficial and may even provide enhanced satisfaction with the post-surgery results, patients should understand that these are optional and that the surgery they need is still available to them without the added expense.
Here are some of the options that may impact the cost of your procedure:
Premium IOL Options
This is the most common cataract surgery upgrade. Standard IOLs are typically covered fully by insurance. However, this is not usually the case with premium lens options. While a standard IOL can certainly get the job done, your surgeon may recommend a premium lens such as an accommodating or multi-focal option, in order to achieve the best results possible.
Laser or Bladeless Cataract Surgery
Laser or bladeless surgery is another optional upgrade now offered by many Baton Rouge cataract surgeons. In traditional cataract surgery, the affected lens is extracted manually by the physician. However, laser options have given patients yet another option for removal. While this bladeless method is certainly fast and highly accurate, patients who cannot afford the option shouldn’t be concerned. Traditional cataract surgery still offers a success rate of around 98 percent.
Dropless Cataract Surgery
This particular option differs in that it can actually reduce potential patient cost. Contrary to popular belief, it is not the actual procedure but rather the prescription eye drops required both pre- and post-surgery that increases the out-of-pocket expense for many. These drops are not only necessary in the days leading up to surgery, but they must continue to be applied daily for anywhere from one week to one month following the procedure. Not only can this become pricey, it can also be quite inconvenient, and any missed or forgotten drops could increase the risk of infection. Through dropless, these concerns are alleviated, as post-surgical drops are replaced with medicated treatment performed by the physician at the time of surgery.
If you require cataract surgery and are afraid that the procedure will cost you thousands of dollars that you simply cannot afford, rest assured that your vision can be corrected for far less. Contact Eye Specialists of Louisiana, and request a consultation with one of our local cataract surgeons to learn more about your options.