Monday, September 26, 2011

Astigmatism & Toric Lens Implants

Question: If you have astigmatism do you have to use a toric lens implant in cataract surgery? If so, do insurance companies normally cover the cost of the toric lens? Can a regular lens be used if the patient is still planning on wearing glasses to help with vision and astigmatism?

Answer: Patients who require correction of astigmatism and need Cataract Surgery really have two basic options for seeing clearly after their eye surgery. The first is to have a toric lens implant used as part of the procedure. The second is to have the astigmatism corrected with eyeglasses after the Cataract operation. In either case the necessary correction for astigmatism could be achieved providing the appropriate vision correction. The vast majority of insurance companies do not cover the cost of a toric lens implant for astigmatism, nor do they cover the cost of eyewear and eyeglasses unless the patient has a specific optical coverage plan.

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