I know from experience that our readers enjoy posts that contain detailed information about the cost and quality of medical treatment in Mexico. I guess our neighbors know it too because they often share their medical experiences with me and preface their stories with some statement like, “Hey, I bet your readers would find this interesting.”
If I agree with them, I’ll do a quick post — which I obviously did in this case because here we are.
Down to the Nitty Gritty
Our neighbor, Larry, is originally from the U.S. and moved to Mexico with his wife, Carolyn, in November of 2017. He and his wife are both in their 70’s and retired.
It had been some time since either of them had had an eye exam, so they went to Dr. Irving Rico Leal, an ophthalmologist in Playa del Carmen, at the recommendation of Larry’s cardiologist. The consultation and exam were $800 pesos each ($40 USD*).
According to Larry, Dr. Rico speaks English very well.
Dr. Rico told Larry that he had level 2 cataracts and advised him that the condition would worsen over time. He gave him two possible treatment options. They both involved surgery:
Place a bifocal interocular lens in both eyes. This option for an operation would cost $20,000 pesos per eye ($1,010 USD*), or $40,000 total for both eyes ($2,020 USD*).
Larry would still likely need glasses for reading.
Place a trifocal interocular lens in both eyes from Zeis in Germany. The cost for the trifocal lens would be $40,000 pesos per eye ($2,020 USD*) or $80,000 pesos total ($4,040 USD).
Larry, who has worn glasses since he was 45 years old, would be able to get rid of them completely. He liked that and chose this option.
Larry does not have any insurance in Mexico that would cover the cost of these procedures. He paid for everything out-of pocket. The price quoted included all post-op visits.
Before Larry could have surgery, he had to return to his cardiologist for an EKG and a statement saying that he was healthy enough for the surgery.
The eyes were operated on on different dates set a week and a half apart. Everything was done in the office and Larry was pleased with the facility and the professionalism of the doctor and his staff.
How’d It Turn Out?
Larry said he couldn’t be happier with the results. He said the best part is that he no longer needs glasses.
Another thing that I’ve learned from experience is to always include the contact information for any business that I mention in an article. It helps to cut down on questions from readers. All of their contact information can be found on their website:
Dr. Irving Rico Leal, Clínica de la Visión,
Let’s Wrap This Up
So, we saw Larry at happy hour the other day and we had to tell him he looked 20 years younger without his glasses. I guess he really did choose the right surgical option!
* USD price estimates based on a current exchange rate of 19.8 MXN/1 USD.
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