Monday, July 9, 2012

Cataract Medicare Lens Implant Exchange

Question: About a year ago my wife had a cataract operation with the lens implant that Medicare pays for. Now her close up near vision is bad. Can she now have these lens implants replaced and exchanged with lens implants to correct this?

Answer: Technically and mechanically it might be possible for your wife to have a Lens Implant exchange to replace the Monofocal Lens Implants Medicare paid for with near vision correcting Multifocal Lens Implants, however it really depends on the health and condition of the eye and the tissues supporting the Lens Implant-and even so could pose a significant enough risk with somewhat unpredictable results that it is not likely that too many Cataract Surgeons would consider doing this. Your best next step is to return to the Cataract Surgeon who performed the primary Cataract Surgery and ask for their opinion and frank recommendation. This should be done after a thorough examination and discussion of your wife’s needs and expectations from Multifocal Lens Implants.
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