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How bad do eyes have to be before Medicare pays for cataract surgery?
I assume you mean "how bad must vision be after an optimal fitting for glasses and a complete eye examination that demonstrates no problems except cataracts." Assuming this is the case, the answer is up to the patient and his/her opinion of the effect of sub-optimal vision upon quality of life. If and when the vision significantly interferes with perceived quality of life, surgery can be considered.
Answered by: Charles P. Wilkinson, MD
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Answered: May 12, 2013
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