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What do I do if I can't afford new progressives? Wait for medicare or for cataract surgry?

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Dr. Douglas Liva
Ophthalmology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Bifocals

Progressive lenses provide distance, intermediate and near vision without lines but are expensive.
Bifocals provide distance and near vision with a line for about half the price of a progressive. Trifocals add intermediate vision with an additional line and the cost can approximate progressives. Some people can't adapt to progressive lenses but can tolerate bifocals and trifocals and vice vers.

In brief: Bifocals

Progressive lenses provide distance, intermediate and near vision without lines but are expensive.
Bifocals provide distance and near vision with a line for about half the price of a progressive. Trifocals add intermediate vision with an additional line and the cost can approximate progressives. Some people can't adapt to progressive lenses but can tolerate bifocals and trifocals and vice vers.
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Dr. Mitchell Vogel
Glasses are not covered by Medicare unless a patient undergoes cataract surgery. Medicare may pay for glasses in rare circumstances, but does not cover the entire cost of glasses, even after cataract surgery.
Dr. Glenn Pomerance
Ophthalmology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Neither

Spectacles are not covered by health insurance unless you also have a vision care plan.
Progressives are a type of multifocal eyeglass lens often prescribed to those over 40 replacing bifocals or trifocals with lines! if vision is correctable with glasses, there is likely no need for cataract surgery, and medicare only pays a benefit for (not entirely covering) eyeglasses after cataract surgery.

In brief: Neither

Spectacles are not covered by health insurance unless you also have a vision care plan.
Progressives are a type of multifocal eyeglass lens often prescribed to those over 40 replacing bifocals or trifocals with lines! if vision is correctable with glasses, there is likely no need for cataract surgery, and medicare only pays a benefit for (not entirely covering) eyeglasses after cataract surgery.
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