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,

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


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.


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
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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 ‘70’s),  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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