IOL Cost Factors

By David Gross on May 29, 2019


An intraocular lens (IOL)Cataract surgery is a routine procedure that removes clouded lenses of the eye and restores vision in the process. While some patients wear glasses or contacts after cataract removal, more and more people get intraocular lenses (IOLs) as part of the cataract surgery process. These artificial lenses available at our Merrillville, IN center replace the lens that was removed, and improves vision quality.

Dr. Jeffrey Nelson, Dr. David Gross, and Dr. Jamie Taffora often receive questions about the cost of IOLs and what factors affect the final price. The team at Deen-Gross Eye Centers would like to break a few of these key factors down for you.

The Type of IOL Used

There are different kinds of IOLs that may be placed following the removal of a cataract. Traditional and monovision IOLs are sometimes less expensive than speciality multifocal IOLs. Your vision goals and the cost of care must both be considered when picking an IOL for your procedure.

The Need for Additional Eye Procedures

Some cataract removals are more complicated than others. If you require additional eye care procedures or a more complicated surgical technique, the cost of cataract removal and placement of an IOL may be affected.

The Location of the Eye Center

Location is so important for many aspects of life. It even affects the cost of cataract surgery and placement of an IOL. Getting your cataract surgery and an IOL in Merrillville will generally cost less than getting the same surgery done in Indianapolis or Chicago. Some people even consider traveling further for less expensive surgery.

The Experience of the Cataract Surgeon

More experienced surgeons who have good reputations and reviews tend to charge more for their services than other surgeons. This makes sense to a certain extent since people pay for safety and high-quality care. Make sure to compare the costs at various eye care centers, and to check cataract surgeon reviews and testimonials. This can help you choose between similar costs from competing practices.

Medicare Coverage

Medicare Part B will cover the cost of cataract surgery as well as the placement of an IOL. The patient will be responsible for the deductible and coinsurance for the procedure. These benefits are available to people age 65 and older, and can be extremely helpful for reducing the overall cost of care.

Medical Insurance Coverage

If you do note have Medicare, there is a chance that your work’s health insurance will cover the cost of cataract surgery and IOL placement. Keep in mind that insurance policies vary. Check with your insurance provider about their coverage for medically necessary cataract surgery and if IOLs are covered.

Discussing Surgical Cost and Payment Options

There are numerous considerations when it comes to the cost of cataract surgery with IOLs and how it can be covered. That’s why we will be more than happy to discuss these topics with you in a consultation. During your visit to our Merrillville eye care center, we can go over IOL costs, payment plans and financing options, and even alternatives to IOLs

Our goal is to make sure you have all the information you need to make a confident choice in the health of your vision.

Learn More About Cataract Surgery

To learn more about cataract removal surgery, IOLs, and other related topics, be sure to contact our team of eye care specialists. You can reach Deen-Gross Eye Centers by phone at (219) 769-8989.

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