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CATARACT SURGERY ...NO WORRY, ALL GOOD!

I had cataract surgery, 8 days ago. It was an easy, quick procedure, and I can already see much clearer than before.

The pesky part are the eye drops 4x a day, for 5 weeks, but, so worth it. Glad I did it!

 

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Re: CATARACT SURGERY ...NO WORRY, ALL GOOD!

May I ask, was your surgery done with a laser or a scalpel? I think my ophthalmologist does it with a laser, but a neighbor said he opted for the scalpel because Medicare didn't cover it. I was thinking......huh. Interesting. 

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Re: CATARACT SURGERY ...NO WORRY, ALL GOOD!

@Flatbush I am so happy for you! Glad you had a great experience. 

 

My vision just kept getting better and better post-surgery. Hope the same for you!Heart

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I had both eyes done in the last 9 months. I used Compounded eye drops, so I only had one bottle to work with, and the amount of doses got reduced each week down to once a day .  The hospital gave me the 3 bottles for free, but I paid $40 for the compounded ones, so worth it !!

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My husband just had his done last month. Yes, its true. Medicare will only cover if the surg is done with a scalpel.  Rididculous.  He was offered 2 options that were done with the laser and as far as lenses go.  He opted for middle of the road and just uses glasses for reading.  Distance vision is perfect. $2800. for each eyes.

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@meem120 wrote:

My husband just had his done last month. Yes, its true. Medicare will only cover if the surg is done with a scalpel.  Rididculous.  He was offered 2 options that were done with the laser and as far as lenses go.  He opted for middle of the road and just uses glasses for reading.  Distance vision is perfect. $2800. for each eyes.


My 2 cataracts surgeries this past year  were 100% paid for, I have Medicare and a supplement with Aetna and I know I had a laser.  My procedures were very quick with me having no anesthesia at all, so I know there were no scalpels involved. 

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@meem120 wrote:

My husband just had his done last month. Yes, its true. Medicare will only cover if the surg is done with a scalpel.  Rididculous.  He was offered 2 options that were done with the laser and as far as lenses go.  He opted for middle of the road and just uses glasses for reading.  Distance vision is perfect. $2800. for each eyes.


Thank you for that information. 

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I've read that Medicare will cover either traditional or laser cataract surgery, provided it is medically necessary.  

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@Flatbush  how do you keep your eye(s) from moving while they're doing it?

 

Could you feel anything while they were doing it?

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@geezerette wrote:

I've read that Medicare will cover either traditional or laser cataract surgery, provided it is medically necessary.  


For me it was medically necessary, I was just about blinded.