Treatment Options for Presbyopia
When treating presbyopia, the goal is to allow your eyes to focus on up-close objects. While this can be achieved through wearing glasses or contact lenses, surgical options are also available for some patients.
Presbyopia: Contact Lenses and Glasses
Several types of glasses and contact lenses can correct presbyopia.
Presbyopia-Correcting Cataract Surgery
If you have cataracts and presbyopia, there are surgical options that may be able to treat both simultaneously.
If your private insurance plan includes vision benefits, it may pay for most or all of your annual regular eye exams. In addition, most plans provide a discount for prescription eyeglasses and contact lenses.3 This is often a set payment toward one pair of glasses or your annual contact lens supply per year. The discount/payment can vary. If you choose any extras, such as tinted lenses, prescription sunglasses, colored contacts or other premium features, these are not typically covered by standard vision plans. You may need to pay for these premium features out of your pocket.
Generally, only a portion of the entire cost of presbyopia-correcting cataract surgery is covered by private insurance or Medicare. The specific out-of-pocket cost will vary depending on where you live and what type of intraocular lens you have implanted.
Health Savings Accounts (HSA) or Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA)
Many patients use their pre-tax medical flexible spending plans offered through employers to cover some of the cost of elective options.3