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If you have cataracts, you’re not alone. This common eye condition affects millions of seniors. In fact 50% of adults age 80 years and older have a cataract or have had cataract surgery, according to the National Eye Institute.
A clouding of the normally clear lens of the eye, a cataract can seriously impair your vision. Fortunately, there are surgical options available to restore your sight.
Yet you may be wondering how you can pay for treatment. While Original Medicare doesn’t cover routine eye exams or other types of eye procedures, Medicare Part B does cover many medically necessary surgical procedures such as cataract surgery.
Before you undergo surgery, be sure to talk to your doctor about how the procedure is performed, your expected recuperation time, and how much it will cost.
If you have Original Medicare, you’ll need to pay 20% of the Medicare-approved costs associated with the surgery as well as the Part B deductible. If you have Medicare Advantage or a Medicare supplement plan, your out-of-pocket costs will likely differ.
Need more information about what your coverage and costs? Call the number on the back of your member ID card to speak with a customer service representative.