PIE or as we know it as Presbyopia Implant in Eye is a groundbreaking procedure. It has been popularized and refined by Rajesh Khanna, MD. Insurance industry does not cover the procedure as they have labelled it as Cosmetic. Nothing is further from the truth.
PIE is vision enhancing liberating surgery which increases patient mobility and safety. There is improvement in vision at all distances. There is an increase in peripheral vision as the glasses frames are eliminated. Studies have shown that the incidence of hip fractures and falls decrease by 50 % when vision is improved. So it is easy to conclude it is sight enhancing procedure. Some people may look better without glasses so it could be considered cosmetic too.
Medical or Vision Insurance
So you might ask why is it not covered by the insurance industry. Therein lies the beauty of our health care system which every one claims to be broken.
1. PIE evolved from lasik eye surgery. Lasik eye surgery was never covered by insurance. It follow that the derivative is not covered.
2. Eyes are considered separate from the body. So we have medical insurance for the body. For eyes we have vision insurance. But wait, it gets more fun. Vision insurance only covers glasses and contact lens. If there is pathology in eye like cataracts, glaucoma than medical insurance is deployed. PIE does not fit any of the rigid division of medical vs vision insurance industry. It does away with glasses and future cataracts. So in a utopian world both insurances should be jumping to cover it.
How can I afford PIE procedure?
You certainly seem interested but taken aback that all the premiums you have been paying will of no use when considering PIE eye procedure. There is hope. You can pay by credit card or avail of the no interest low monthly payment options available through care credit or wells fargo health services. A simple 1-2 minute application gives instant answers.
Los Angeles Lasik Surgeon Rajesh Khanna MD is a recognized pioneer in Presbyopic Implants for correction of aging eyes. He has popularized Cornea Cross Linking and Intacs forKeratoconus. He is an Expert Cataract, Pterygium Eye Surgeon, A Cornea Specialist he performs Laser Corneal Transplants, DMEK, DSEK and DALK. Rajesh Khanna MD is a well known medical writer. He has published the bestseller "The miracle of Pi in Eye".He is also a columnist for the newspaper Acorn. Dr.Khanna also hosts "Medical Magic". In his spare time he hikes with his family and German Shepard or does yoga. He also plays field hockey and loves swimming.