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Patient costs for supplies higher for contact lens correction in Infant Aphakia Treatment Study

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The combined cost of supplies for contact lens correction paired with cataract surgery can be more expensive for the family over 5 years compared with IOL implantation during unilateral cataract surgery, according to a study.

The retrospective cost analysis of the Infant Aphakia Treatment Study compared the treatments of 114 infants who underwent unilateral cataract surgery using either primary IOL implantation during the procedure or contact lens correction postoperatively. The study examined the mean costs of cataract surgery and additional surgeries, examinations and supplies used over 5 years, based on Georgia Medicaid reimbursement.

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