surgery is a corrective procedure
that differs from cosmetic surgeries,
such as facelifts. The normal
positioning of a person’s
eyes is for both eyes to be
looking in the same direction,
at the same time. Since there
is only one normal position
that an eye may have, any deviation
of the eye from that position
is considered to be a medical
disorder. As such, the diagnosis
and treatment of strabismus
should be covered by health
insurance. Further, since Strabismus
is a medical disorder that causes
functional disability, Strabismus
surgery should also be covered
by health insurance as a corrective
Patients with medical insurance
coverage will be required to
pay surgery costs as specified
by the insurance company for
outpatient services and surgery.
Diagnosis and treatment are
likely to require co-pay as
is required with other types
of doctor office visits.
are encouraged to check with
their insurance carrier for
the specifics of insurance coverage.
If patients are denied coverage,it
is likely to mean that the insurance
company is not educated about
the medical procedure Patients
should request that their doctor
make direct contact with the
insurance company since the
doctor is better able to communicate
the medical procedure with the
insurance company. Strabismus
surgery was once considered
to be a cosmetic procedure that
was not covered by insurance.
Today, almost all insurance
companies provide some type
of coverage for the surgery.
provides coverage for Strabismus
surgery as well as Botox®
injections for the treatment
with no insurance coverage and
the ability to pay may negotiate
the surgeon’s fee with
the prospective surgeon. However,
these patients will also have
to pay for the use of space,
equipment, supplies and personnel
at the medical institution where
the procedure is performed.
The cost of an anesthesiologist
or other necessary specialist
will also have to be paid.
with no medical insurance coverage
and without the ability to pay
will have to seek the assistance
of state or local medical assistance
providers. They may also seek
assistance from charities offered
by many medical institutions,
particularly large and established
hospitals. These institutions
may have charity programs established
for low-income patients to pay
a percentage of costs based
on their income. Some charity
programs will pay as much as
100% of certain hospital services.
The onus falls upon the patient
to ensure that the doctors and
institute chosen to perform
treatments and procedures accepts
any acquired charity and or
700,000 eye muscle surgeries
are performed annually in the
The charges for Strabismus surgery
can range anywhere from 2000
- 6000 USD or more, depending
on the condition, surgeon's
fees, general anaesthesia, other
hospital charges, etc. The best
way to find out the cost would
be to consult a surgeon.
Article | Author:
Lorraine Lica PhD .
Cost Ulititly of Strabismus
Surgery in Adults Authors:
Cynthia L. Beauchamp MD, George
R. Beauchamp MD, David R.
Stager Sr. MD, Melissa M.
Brown MD, Gary C. Brown MD,
Joost Felius PhD . American
Association for Pediatric
Ophthalmology and Strabismus.