Medicare may cover cataract surgery if the procedure is considered medically necessary by a doctor. Even if Medicare covers cataract surgery, however, there are still some costs you may have to pay out of pocket.
Medicare Advantage (Medicare Part C) plans also cover cataract surgery that's deemed medically necessary.
If the cataract surgery is performed as an outpatient procedure by a Medicare-approved doctor, it may be covered under Medicare Part B (medical insurance).
For medically necessary vision services that are covered under Medicare Part B, you typically pay 20 percent of the Medicare approved amount and Medicare pays 80 percent. Keep in mind that you must meet your Part B deductible ($240 per year in 2024) before Medicare will begin paying its share.
Before your surgery, speak with your doctor about how much you may have to pay out of pocket for the procedure and for aftercare.
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Neither Medicare Part A or Medicare Part B cover routine vision care or eye exams.
Medicare Part B covers some diagnostic tests and treatments associated with vision care:
Medicare Advantage plans (Medicare Part C) are an alternative to Original Medicare that provide the same coverage as Medicare Part A and Part B combined in one plan.
Some Medicare Advantage plans may offer vision care, as well as dental care and/or prescription drug coverage.
If you wear glasses you may want to consider enrolling in a Medicare Advantage plan that includes vision coverage.
Explore your local plan options online or call to speak with a licensed insurance agent to compare Medicare Advantage plans in your area. Keep in mind that Medicare Advantage plans with vision benefits aren’t available in all areas.
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