The adage “you get what you pay for” fails in medicine. Patients should be wary of surgeons charging thousands more for Premium Cataract Surgery. (Some doctors in our area charge over $5000 an eye for a Premium IOL.) The naive will assume higher cost correlates with superior results. This is simply false. Quality surgery is not purchased, it is discovered. Femtosecond-based cataract surgery, an expensive option, is a technology in search of clinical justification. Practices hoping the high price tag will attract the discerning patient are being disingenuous.
A better guide to excellence is the patient-physician interaction. A top Premium Cataract Surgeon will fully evaluate your visual needs and your ophthalmic status. He or she will weigh an array of factors and recommend the best surgical strategy free of financial bias. Intuition will guide you to the appropriate doctor in a way price can not.
Beware, also, the low cost provider of Premium Cataract Surgery. Their charges usually excludes post-operative enhancements like LASIK, PRK, and, if necessary, lens exchange. These surgeons expect additional payments to address residual astigmatism, myopia, and hyperopia, a strategy that impedes optimal results.
Active participation in your cataract consultation will being you years of outstanding vision.