The cost of keratoconus management can definitely add up over time. Read on to learn more about the various costs involved with the different treatment options available for keratoconus. It is essential to take care of your eyes properly and to speak to your health care provider to ensure that the costs are not preventing you from taking care of your condition.
Keratoconus management is expensive. Studies have shown that the accumulated cost over the lifetime of a patient can exceed $25,000. For most people, this exorbitant expenditure highlights the importance of having good medical coverage. As the condition deteriorates and standard aids to improve vision become inadequate, there may be a need for more expensive specialty contact lenses and costly medical procedures.
The reticence of some insurance plans to cover certain costs can be frustrating. Sometimes, your plan will agree to pay for a procedure if previous interventions were unsuccessful. Speak with your optometrist to construct the best treatment plan for your needs. While insurance plans may not cover everything, many plans will cover the costs (partially or full) for medical related eye care.
The following section will explore approximate costs of common treatments in the U.S., ranging from different types of contact lenses, to outpatient procedures such as cross-linking, and proper surgeries such as corneal transplants.
Since the severity of keratoconus usually increases over time, it is common for people to require frequent changes in their treatment plan.
Learn more about contact lenses for keratoconus.
Generally speaking, specialty contacts are more expensive than standard lenses.
The costs for managing keratoconus can become expensive over the lifetime of a patient. As the condition degenerates, standard contacts and glasses are often insufficient to improve vision and more expensive specialized lenses are required. Additionally, as the cornea deteriorates there may be a need for costly medical procedures and surgeries to prevent further corneal deterioration.
We hope you have benefitted from this article which explored the approximate costs of these interventions. Fortunately, many of these expensive costs are covered, either partially or in full, with health insurance, since keratoconus maintenance is regarded as essential medical care. Speak with your provider to find out what benefits you are entitled to when it comes to managing this condition and other eye disorders. This will enable you to construct an appropriate treatment plan with your optometrist.