Cataract Cost and Cataract Procedures Information

Extracapsular cataract extraction (ECCE) is the most common method of eye surgery in which the lens of the eye is removed while the elastic capsule that covers the lens is left partially intact to allow implantation of an intraocular lens (IOL) which becomes part of the eye and requires no care. With an IOL, a person has improved vision and may need to get lens prescriptions adjusted.

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Cataract Cost Averages Around the Country

Phoenix, AZ Cataract Cost Average $3,700
Washington, DC Cataract Cost Average $4,100
Philadelphia, PA Cataract Cost Average $4,400
Houston, TX Cataract Cost Average $3,800
Miami, FL Cataract Cost Average $3,900
Dallas, TX Cataract Cost Average $3,600
Chicago, IL Cataract Cost Average $4,000
Los Angeles, CA Cataract Cost Average $5,400
New York, NY Cataract Cost Average $4,600
Atlanta, GA Cataract Cost Average $3,800

Specific Cataract Procedures and National Cost Averages

Cataract Eye Surgery Cost Average $4,700
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Featured Facilities that Perform Cataract

Name Location Average List Price
BEC Surgery Center Hot Springs , AR $3,200
The Surgery Center Columbus , GA $3,400
Laughlin Memorial Hospital Greeneville , TN $3,500
Humboldt Bay Surgery Co-operative Eureka , CA $5,200
Saint Luke's Surgicenter - Lee's Summit Lees Summit , MO $3,500
Ozark Laser and Surgery Center Springdale , AR $3,200
Lower Columbia Ambulatory Surgery Center Longview , WA $4,500
Mary Rutan Hospital Bellefontaine , OH $8,700
Central Michigan Community Hospital Mount Pleasant , MI $9,500
Hill Country Surgery Center Kerrville , TX $3,500
Bolivar Medical Center Cleveland , MS $6,400
Huron Regional Medical Center Huron , SD $9,300
Mercer County Community Hospital Coldwater , OH $8,300
Kaiser Permanente Wailuku ASC Wailuku , HI $4,600
Mercy Memorial Hospital Urbana , OH $10,400
Mcdonough District Hospital Macomb , IL $4,800
Van Wert County Hospital Van Wert , OH $3,600
Oxford Surgery Center Oxford , MS $3,400
Rochelle Community Hospital Rochelle , IL $10,700
Alaska Surgery Center Anchorage , AK $5,300
War Memorial Hospital Sault Saint Marie , MI $9,200
Eye Surgery Center Shreveport , LA $3,200
San Carlos Hospital San Carlos , AZ $10,700
Saint Mary's Regional Medical Center Russellville , AR $8,200
North Texas Medical Center Gainesville , TX $8,600
Lock Haven Hospital Lockhaven , PA $5,900
Bingham Memorial Hospital Blackfoot , ID $8,600
Ashley Valley Medical Center Vernal , UT $5,600
William Newton Memorial Hospital Winfield , KS $8,700
Cape Cod Eye Surgery and Laser Center Sandwich , MA $5,100

More about Cataract Procedures

Cataract Surgery Introduction

Cataract surgery is one of the most common operations performed on an outpatient basis and one of the safest and most effective. Surgery involves removing the cloudy lens and replacing it with a substitute lens. If cataracts are present in both eyes, they cannot be removed at the same time. Your physician will need to perform surgery on each eye separately. This procedure is usually performed in less than 30 minutes and usually requires only minimal sedation and numbing eye drops, no stitches to close the wound, and no eye patch after surgery. There are no medications, dietary supplements, exercises, or optical devices that have been shown to prevent or cure symptomatic cataracts. Changes in diet and watchful waiting is the most common advice for non-symptomatic cataracts. There are two major types of ECCE: manual expression, in which the lens is removed through an incision made in the cornea or the sclera of the eye; and phacoemulsification, in which the lens is broken into fragments inside the capsule by ultrasound energy and removed by aspiration. The particular method and type of replacement lens will be determined by your physician.

Cataract Surgery Patient Preparation

A brief physical exam will be performed. Inform your physician of any medications you are routinely taking. You will need to have special testing known as keratometry to determine the strength of the IOL needed. Other specific instructions will be provided usually limiting eating or drinking. It is very important to follow these instructions. Arrangements should be made for transportation after the surgery is complete.

What to expect during and after Cataract Surgery

Most cataract surgery takes less than an hour and is done with minimal anesthesia and numbing drops. After the area around the eye has been cleansed with antiseptic, sterile drops are used to cover most of the patient's face. The patient is given either a local anesthetic to numb the tissues around the eye or a topical anesthetic to numb the eye itself. An eyelid holder is used to hold the eye open during the procedure. If the patient is very nervous, the doctor may administer a sedative intravenously. After the anesthetic has taken effect, a very small incision is made, the lens is removed and the IOL is inserted and placed in the correct position. During this time you may notice the sensation of pressure from the various instruments used during the procedure.

After leaving the operating room, you will be brought to a recovery room where your doctor will prescribe several eye drops that you will need to take for a few weeks postoperatively and provide specific care instructions. While you may notice some discomfort, most patients do not experience significant pain following surgery; if you do you experience decreasing vision or significant pain, you should contact your ophthalmologist immediately. In some cases, within months to years after surgery, the thin lens capsule may become cloudy, and you may have the sensation that the cataract is returning because your vision is becoming blurry again. This process is termed posterior capsule opacification, or a "secondary cataract." To restore vision, a laser is used in the office to painlessly create a hole in the cloudy bag. This procedure takes only a few minutes in the office, and vision usually improves rapidly. The lens prescription should be checked after surgery, as it is likely to need adjustment.

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