An intraocular lens, or pseudophakos, is an artificial lens which may be implanted to replace the natural lens after cataract surgery.
Indications and Limitations of Coverage
Intraocular lens implantation services, as well as the lens itself, may be covered if reasonable and necessary for the individual. Implantation services may include hospital, surgical, and other medical services, including pre-implantation ultrasound (A-scan) eye measurement of one or both eyes.
Cross Reference Information
See the Medicare Benefit Policy Manual, Chapter 6 §10, Chapter 15 §120, and Chapter 16 §§20 and 90.
07/1991 - Revised to reflect that Medicare no longer covers most investigational IOLs. Effective date 05/30/1991. (TN 50)
03/1997 - Revised because FDA no longer uses the categories identified in this section to classify IOLs, and FDA no longer has adjunct studies for IOLs. Effective date 05/19/1997. (TN 93)