Does medicare pay for astigmatism surgery?

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No. Astigmatism surgery is refractive. Medicare does not pay for cosmetic or refractive surgery except in rare instances when refractive surgery may be covered to correct a surgical complication or treat the resulting refractive error due to trauma.
No. Medicare plans cover cataract surgery to restore sight, but they do not cover LASIK (laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis) surgeries. Medicare regards LASIK as a cosmetic procedure that you should pay for.
Medicare does not cover astigmatism surgeries, but it does cover astigmatism-correcting IOLs (intraocular lens) implantation.
My Doctor says it will not cover for a toric correcting IOL.  If you have further information I can give them, I need it now.  Surgery in 2 weeks. I have severe astigmatism, but Doctor says I would need to pay the $3400 medicare and my supplement won't pay before surgery.