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Is Cataract Surgery Covered by Medicare? Skip to content

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Does Medicare Cover Cataract Surgery?

En español | Original Medicare can cover cataract surgery.

While Medicare does not pay for routine vision care such as eye exams for glasses or contact lenses, it does cover diagnosis and treatment of certain chronic eye conditions, including cataracts

That coverage might include corrective glasses, contacts or lens implants related to your cataract care. You will pay coinsurance amounting to 20 percent of the Medicare-approved amount for corrective lenses after each cataract surgery with an implanted lens, as long as the supplier is enrolled in Medicare.

The Medicare Part B deductible applies, meaning you must have reached your Part B deductible for the year before Medicare will pay its share.


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