Question: I have cataract. I would like to have multifocal lens implants. I am looking for a good cost to me out of pocket. I have Humana Insurance. Could you give me a cost range for both eyes? I have already consulted one surgeon.
Answer: Assuming that you have had a consultation with a cataract surgeon and you have in fact been told that you are a good candidate for multifocal lens implants to correct your vision after cataract surgery, here is what you should know. First, cataract surgery and lens implantation are not services and products we “buy” like a car. The single most important factor in your short term success and long term results are finding the best cataract surgeon to perform your cataract surgery and lens implant. Determining whether you are a good candidate for multifocal implants, choosing the exact type of multifocal lens implant, as there are currently several different ones available in the United States, taking the precise measurements and calculations for multifocal lens implants and setting realistic expectations for you-as well as the actually surgery itself-ALL are dependent on the skill and expertise of the eye surgeon and their staff. It’s not like shopping around at a number of Chevrolet dealers to get the best price on an Impala. You want to choose a cataract surgeon who is experienced in cataract surgery and experienced with multifocal lens implant. These are the best eye surgeons to choose. Choose by experience, word of mouth recommendation from friends, relatives and coworkers and NOT price.
The cost of cataract surgery and lens implantation with multifocal lens implantsvaries widely by geographic region and the individual surgeon as well as the costs of deductibles, co-pays and any unique features of your insurance. That said, the common range of the additional cost of multifocal lens implants that covers the extra measurements necessary, the implantation itself and the added follow up care usually ranges for $1500-$3000 per eye as set solely by the cataract surgeon based on their time, experience and expertise.
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