Question: What is the cost for astigmatism toric lens implants? What would be a general idea of the cost of range of what I should pay for toric IOL implants? It seems like they are very expensive. What should I expect to pay if I opt for this?
Answer: When you have astigmatism before having cataract surgery you need to realize that it needs to be corrected or else you just won’t see as well as you should after the cataract operation. There are three ways to correct astigmatism after cataract surgery.
First, you can simply have glasses with the astigmatism correction.
Second, you can have an additional eye surgery procedure called Limbal Relaxing Incisions (LRI).
Third, you can have an astigmatism correcting toric lens implant. ALL three have cost associated with them. Eyeglasses cost several hundred dollars and needs to be replaced every so often. LRI can also cost several hundred dollars and may or may not be covered by insurance and NOT by Medicare-and it may need to be enhanced at some future point. Astigmatism correcting toric lens implants-including the extra measurements and calculations and testing that is required for them-can cost between $1100-$1800 per eye depending on the amount of extra testing required as well as the individual cataract surgeon fee. Each cataract surgeon sets their own fee but in general that is the approximate range throughout the U.S. Astigmatism correcting toric lens implants are the most natural and stable and permanent way of correcting astigmatism with the best potential vision after cataract surgery.
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