Fair Square Medicare Wordmark

Does Medicare Cover Cataract Surgery?

Senior man receiving care from an optometrist stock photo
By Daniel Petkevich
Dec 22, 2022

See how you might save on this procedure

Your vision might deteriorate as you age, but that does not mean you have to live with a cloud over your life. Medicare might not offer coverage for vision expenses like eyewear, but Medicare will cover medically-necessary surgery for cataracts. Read more to find out how Medicare can cover your surgery.

Stay Up to Date on Medicare!

Join the Fair Square Medicare Newsletter to stay informed on cost savings, changes to Medicare, and other valuable healthcare information.

Overview of Cataract Surgery

Cataract surgery is a common eye procedure that can help restore vision. During the surgery, your eye doctor will remove the cloudy lens from your eye and replace it with an artificial lens or implant. Cataract surgery is considered medically necessary to treat cataracts, which are cloudy areas in the lens of the eye that can cause vision loss.

What is a Cataract and How Is It Treated with Surgery?

A cataract is an eye condition caused by a clouding of the lens. Cataracts can cause blurry vision, difficulty seeing at night, and sensitivity to light. Surgery is the most common way to treat cataracts, as it can address the root cause of the problem and restore clarity to your vision.

Does Medicare Cover Cataract Surgery?

Yes, Medicare covers cataract surgery as part of its coverage for medically necessary eye care services. To determine whether you qualify for Medicare coverage of cataract surgery, your eye doctor will need to assess the severity and progression of your condition. Your eye doctor may also order tests to determine if surgery is the best option for you.
If you qualify for Medicare coverage of cataract surgery, your eye doctor and insurance provider will be able to provide more detailed information about what services are covered as part of your plan. Medicare Part A will cover the hospital costs for your surgery, including the surgical team, the operating room, and any other necessary hospital services. Medicare Part B will cover the costs of the surgeon, the anesthesiologist, and any other medical services related to the surgery. You might still be responsible for some out-of-pocket costs, like the deductibles and up to 20% of the Medicare-approved amount. The best way to lower your out-of-pocket expenses is with

Medicare Supplement Plan G

.

What Are the Costs Involved With Cataract Surgery?

The costs of cataract surgery vary depending on the type of lens you choose and other factors. Generally, Medicare covers the majority of your cataract surgery costs; however, you may still be responsible for copays, coinsurance, or deductibles. It's important to discuss any potential out-of-pocket expenses with your optometrist before the procedure.

Tips for Choosing an Eye Care Provider for Your Cataract Surgery

When selecting an optometrist for your cataract surgery, consider the following tips:
  • Ask friends and family about their experiences with eye care providers in your area.
  • Check online reviews to get an idea of the quality of care offered by different eye doctors.
  • Research the qualifications and certifications of any potential providers.
  • Make sure the eye doctor is certified by Medicare.

Questions to Ask Before Deciding on Cataract Surgery

Before opting for cataract surgery, it's important to discuss the potential risks and benefits with your eye doctor. Here are a few questions to ask:
  • What kind of vision will I have after the procedure?
  • How long is the recovery time?
  • Are there any complications associated with this type of surgery?
  • Are there any out-of-pocket costs I should be aware of?

Conclusion

Cataract surgery is a safe and effective way to improve your vision. Medicare covers most of the costs associated with this procedure, making it more accessible for seniors. Before deciding to have cataract surgery, talk to your eye doctor about the potential risks and benefits of the procedure, as well as any out-of-pocket expenses you may be responsible for. This content is for informational purposes only. If you have any further questions about Medicare coverage, please contact Fair Square Medicare. We are always here to help!

Stay Up to Date on Medicare!

Join the Fair Square Medicare Newsletter to stay informed on cost savings, changes to Medicare, and other valuable healthcare information.

Recommended Articles

Philadelphia skyline at sunset stock image
13 Best Ways for Seniors to Stay Active in Philadelphia
Mar 7, 2023
Cover image
Why You Should Keep Your Medigap Plan
Sep 21, 2023
Medigap stock image
What Is Medical Underwriting for Medigap?
Apr 14, 2023
Medigap on a post-it note surrounded by a stethoscope stock image
Do Medicare Supplement Plans Cover Dental and Vision?
Dec 8, 2022
Acute psoriasis on elbows is an autoimmune incurable dermatological skin disease stock photo
Does Medicare Cover Light Therapy for Psoriasis?
Jan 17, 2023
20 Q's with Fair Square
20 Questions to Ask Your Medicare Agent
Mar 17, 2023
scleral lenses
Does Medicare Cover Scleral Lenses?
Dec 5, 2022
woman in a hospital wearing a bandana being shown information by her doctor stock photo
Medicare Advantage Plans for Disabled People Under 65
Mar 24, 2023
Model of the lungs with the diseased part. Cancer or Ground glass opacity GGO. stock photo
Does Medicare pay for Opdivo?
Nov 23, 2022
breast cancer awareness ribbon stock image
Does Medicare Cover Piqray?
Dec 2, 2022
Pre-Existing condition stock image
Can Medicare Advantage Plans Deny Coverage for Pre-Existing Conditions?
Mar 28, 2023
Nashville city skyline stock image
14 Best Ways for Seniors to Stay Active in Nashville
Mar 10, 2023
Rattlesnake biting on a hiker's boot stock image
Does Medicare Pay for Antivenom?
Dec 6, 2022
Pile of junk in a house, hoarder room pile of household equipment needs clearing out stock photo
Does Medicare Cover Hoarding Cleanup?
Jan 10, 2023
Cover image
The Fair Square Bulletin: January 2024
Jan 18, 2024
Indianapolis skyline at night stock image
13 Best Ways for Seniors to Stay Active in Indianapolis
Mar 9, 2023
Leg bones and knees, 3d rendering. stock photo
Does Medicare Cover Tymlos?
Dec 5, 2022
cartoon hospital and male doctor stock image
Can I Have Two Primary Care Physicians?
Oct 3, 2022

More of our articles

2024 Medicare Price Changes

Can I Change My Primary Care Provider with an Advantage Plan?

Can I switch From Medicare Advantage to Medigap?

Can I Use Medicare Part D at Any Pharmacy?

Can Medicare Advantage Plans be Used Out of State?

Comparing All Medigap Plans | Chart Updated for 2023

Costco Pharmacy Partners with Fair Square

Do I Need Medicare If My Spouse Has Insurance?

Do I Need to Renew My Medicare?

Do You Need Medigap if You're Eligible for Both Medicare and Medicaid?

Does Medicare Cover a Spinal Cord Stimulator?

Does Medicare Cover Abortion Services?

Does Medicare Cover Boniva?

Does Medicare Cover Cala Trio?

Does Medicare Cover Cataract Surgery?

Does Medicare Cover Chiropractic Visits?

Does Medicare Cover Cold Laser Therapy (CLT)?

Does Medicare Cover Compounded Medications?

Does Medicare Cover Cosmetic Surgery?

Does Medicare Cover Diabetic Eye Exams?

Does Medicare Cover ESRD Treatments?

Does Medicare Cover Exercise Physiology?

Does Medicare Cover Hearing Aids?

Does Medicare Cover Hepatitis C Treatment?

Does Medicare Cover Home Heart Monitors?

Does Medicare Cover Kidney Stone Removal?

Does Medicare Cover Linx Surgery?

Does Medicare Cover Penile Implant Surgery?

Does Medicare Cover Qutenza?

Does Medicare Cover Robotic Surgery?

Does Medicare Cover Shock Wave Therapy for Plantar Fasciitis?

Does Medicare Cover TENS Units?

Does Medicare Cover Vitamins?

Does Medicare Cover Xiafaxan?

Does Medicare Have Limitations on Hospital Stays?

Does Medicare Pay for Bunion Surgery?

Does Medicare Pay for Varicose Vein Treatment?

Does Retiring at Age 62 Make Me Eligible for Medicare?

Does Your Medicare Plan Cover B12 Shots?

Does Your Plan Include A Free Gym Membership?

Estimating Prescription Drug Costs

Everything About Your Medicare Card + Medicare Number

Explaining IRMAA on Medicare

Explaining the Different Enrollment Periods for Medicare

Fair Square Bulletin: We're Revolutionizing Medicare

Fair Square Client Newsletter: AEP Edition

Finding the Best Vision Plans for Seniors

How Are Medicare Star Ratings Determined?

How Do I Sign up for Medicare? A Simple How-To Guide For You

How Does Medicare Cover Colonoscopies?

How Does the End of the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency Affect Your Medicare?

How Much Does Medicare Part B Cost in 2023?

How Much Does Open Heart Surgery Cost with Medicare?

How to Apply for Medicare?

How to Become a Medicare Agent

Is Balloon Sinuplasty Covered by Medicare?

Is Botox Covered by Medicare?

Is Displacement Affecting Your Medicare Coverage?

Is Fair Square Medicare Legitimate?

Is the Shingles Vaccine Covered by Medicare?

Medicare 101

Medicare Advantage MSA Plans

Medigap vs. Medicare Advantage

Seeing the Value in Fair Square

Top 10 Physical Therapy Clinics in San Diego

What Are Medicare Part B Excess Charges?

What Happens to Unused Medicare Set-Aside Funds?

What is a Medicare Beneficiary Ombudsman?

What To Do If Your Medicare Advantage Plan Is Discontinued

What's the Difference Between HMO and PPO Plans?

Which Medigap Policies Provide Coverage for Long-Term Care?

Will Medicare Cover it?

Your Medicare One-Stop-Shop

Your guide to Medicare Parts A & B, Medicare Advantage, and Medigap. 100% free.
Get the Fair Square Bulletin

Medicare savings tips, helpful guides, and more.

About

Medicare 101

Current Clients

Medicare Supplement Plans

Medicare Advantage Plans

Fair Square 2023

Terms of Use
Notice of Privacy Practices

Virgil Insurance Agency, LLC (DBA Fair Square Medicare) and www.fairsquaremedicare.com are privately owned and operated by Help Button Inc. Medicare supplement insurance plans are not connected with or endorsed by the U.S. government or the federal Medicare program. This is a solicitation of insurance. A licensed agent/producer may contact you. Medicare Supplement insurance is available to those age 65 and older enrolled in Medicare Parts A and B and, in some states, to those under age 65 eligible for Medicare due to disability or End-Stage Renal disease. Virgil Insurance Agency is a licensed and certified representative of Medicare Advantage HMO, HMO SNP, PPO, PPO SNP and PFFS organizations and stand-alone PDP prescription drug plans. Each of the organizations we represent has a Medicare contract. Enrollment in any plan depends on contract renewal. The plans we represent do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, or sex. Plan availability varies by region and state. For a complete list of available plans please contact 1-800-MEDICARE (TTY users should call 1-877-486-2048), 24 hours a day/7 days a week or consult www.medicare.gov. © 2022 Help Button Inc

We do not offer every plan available in your area. Any information we provide is limited to those plans we do offer in your area. Please contact Medicare.gov or 1-800-MEDICARE to get information on all of your options.

MULTIPLAN_FairSquareMedicare_01062022_M