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My friend, age 84 has a cateract in one of her eyes

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My friend, age 84 has a cateract in one of her eyes. The Optho wants to operate and insert something that cost $2,000. She is still seeing fine. What should she do?

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The doctor is most likely thinking of using a multifocal lens. This intraocular lens is not covered by medicare.

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Here is an excellent article on the different types of lenses:

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intraocular_lens

Dr. Rick :

The botXXXXX XXXXXne? If you friend would like to have the best chance of not wearing glasses after cataract surgery for either distance or near vision then a multifocal lens may be a good choice for her. If she doesn't mind wearing a mild Rx for near tasks, and sometimes for distance tasks, then the "regular", monofocal intraocular lenses are just fine. These monofocal lenses also have the benefit of many decades of proven successful implantation in millions of patients.

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Does this make sense to you?

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I think both types of lenses are very safe and effective. Which one she chooses comes down to personal (and financial) preference.

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