Today I saw my ophthalmologist for pre-cataract-surgery tests and consultation. I learned that I have slight astigmatism but it is not severe enough to warrant laser surgery, which would have cost an additional $2,000 out of my pocket. My surgery is set for Tuesday, June 23, and the follow-up visit for the next day. I opted for the monofocal intraocular lens and the best possible distance vision. My doctor was pleased with my decision.