One of the most frequently asked questions about cataract surgery is: “how much will my cataract surgery cost?” Unfortunately, it’s not possible to quote the precise cost of cataract surgery either over the phone or on the spot at a Vision Eye Institute cataract clinic. There are a number of variables that need to be established before you can have an accurate idea of costs. Variables include whether you have private health insurance and, if you do, what it covers. You will also need to consider the choice of artificial lens used during cataract surgery. Considering cataract surgery? Click here.
If you have private health insurance, you’ll need to find out what your particular cover allows before you can obtain an accurate cost of cataract surgery. Call your insurer to find out what you are covered for and what your excess is.
Cataract surgery is covered in part by Medicare and in part by private health insurance.
There will be a gap payment that is not covered by either Medicare or your private health fund. This gap will vary due to several factors, including your level of private health cover and the excess.
With cataract surgery, the natural lens of the eye is removed and, in its place, an artificial lens (called an intraocular lens) is inserted. These lenses vary in design from single distance to multifocal and can be customised for astigmatism as well as short-sightedness and long-sightedness.
When you are discussing cataract surgery with your ophthalmologist, he or she will explain what an artificial lens is and the differences in design in the wide choice of artificial lenses that are available today. Together, you will decide which visual outcome is best suited to your lifestyle. So, when calculating your cataract surgery cost, you will also need to take into account the particular artificial lens that will be used during your procedure.
Charges for your cataract surgery and associated gap not covered by Medicare and your health fund will be unique to you and will be discussed prior to your surgery.
If you have any questions concerning your cataract surgery, the risks, costs, benefits, likely outcomes or complications, please contact our friendly and helpful staff.