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Jim,

Thanks again. You are probably right that prices have changed. And possibly
more research has or will give us more options in the near future. I am
holding out as long as I can for the surgery.

Azure skies,
Linny





On 8/11/16 12:33 AM, "James A. Perkins" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Linny,
> 
> I just remembered that you also asked about the added cost of the different
> kind of lenses. I forgot to address that in my previous post.
> 
> Most insurance covers the cost of a monofocal lens since it's the simplest and
> cheapest option. Sounds like that's the case with your Medicare and
> Supplemental insurance. So you would be responsible to pay the surcharge for
> the fancier lenses.
> 
> As I recall, a toric lens (for astigmatism) was a few hundred dollars extra.
> 
> A multifocal lenses was about $500 extra (per eye).
> 
> The accommodative lens was the most expensive - about $1000 per eye beyond
> what the insurance would pay.
> 
> This was over five years ago, so the surcharge would probably be even greater
> now. But I don't recommend either the multifocal or accommodative lenses
> anyway, so the price is not an issue.
> 
> There would be no surcharge is you went with "monovision", i.e., one eye for
> close-up and one eye for distance, because that's simply implanting monofocal
> lenses with different focal lengths in the two different eyes. But I don't
> recommend this option either.
> 
> Jim
> 
> 
> James A. Perkins, MFA, CMI, FAMI
> Board Certified Medical Illustrator
> Fellow, Association of Medical Illustrators
> 
> Professor and Graduate Director
> Medical Illustration
> Rochester Institute of Technology
> CBET 75-2129
> 153 Lomb Memorial Drive
> Rochester, NY 14623
> 
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> 
> 
> 
> On Aug 10, 2016, at 10:26 PM, Linda Heagy wrote:
> 
>> Re: [SCIART] Discussion: Cataract surgery for artists
>>>> 
>>>> On Aug 10, 2016, at 4:53 PM, Linda Heagy <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>>>> 
>>>>> Re: [SCIART]  Discussion: Cataract surgery for artists
>>>>> Hi everyone. I have been a member for some years now but rarely take part
>>>>> in the discussions although I have enjoyed and benefited from your great
>>>>> comments.
>>>>> 
>>>>> To fill you in on my background, I am 70 years old. Been a professional
>>>>> artist my whole life. I started out as a Fashion Illustrator, Graphic
>>>>> Designer, Art Director and Creative Director. Helped a friend establish
>>>>> Houragency Inc. (an ad agency in Ithaca, N.Y, back in the 70s),  then
>>>>> moved to Florida where I had my own Creative Studio in Coral Gables, FL.
>>>>> 
>>>>> Moved to Texas for a position as Art Director at Neiman Marcus in Dallas.
>>>>> Then left Advertising profession to pursue a Horticultural degree and
>>>>> eventually became a scientific botanical illustrator and designer of
>>>>> Floras. 
>>>>> 
>>>>> Now, to my main reason for contacting my fellow members.
>>>>> I have always had keen vision up-close but used glasses to see far away.
>>>>> However, now I use reading glasses on my up-close work and for reading
>>>>> fine print. 
>>>>> 
>>>>> At 70 I (like many others my age) have cataracts developing. Specifically
>>>>> in my right eye. My Doctor is telling me I need the surgery to remove
>>>>> cataract and replace with a lenses and is asking me would I prefer one to
>>>>> see far away or one to see close.  As artists, you know my answer would be
>>>>> BOTH!
>>>>> 
>>>>> As artists, would not the logical answer be BOTH lenses: One for far away
>>>>> and one for up close. My doctor says they can put in both but Medicare and
>>>>> my supplemental insurance will not pay or the 2nd lens.
>>>>> 
>>>>> 
>>>>> Question to you out there who have had the surgery and the same natural
>>>>> close up vision:
>>>>> 
>>>>> How much was the cost of the second lens?
>>>>> 
>>>>> Did the surgery successfully work for both up close and far away vision?
>>>>> 
>>>>> Was there an adjustment time?
>>>>> 
>>>>> Any other comments to share with me that might be helpful re: this
>>>>> discussion? 
>>>>> 
>>>>> Linny Heagy
>>>>> DBA: Linny/Designer, Illustrator
>>>>> Arlington, TX
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