San Antonio, TX Cataract Cost Comparison

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A Cataract in San Antonio costs $1,408 on average when you take the median of the 28 medical providers who perform Cataract procedures in San Antonio, TX. There are 1 different types of Cataract provided in San Antonio, listed below, and the price for each differs based upon your insurance type. As a healthcare consumer you should understand that prices of medical procedures vary and if you shop from the San Antonio providers below you may be able to save money. Start shopping today and see what you can save!
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Procedure Price Range
Cataract Eye Surgery Cost Average $875 - $2,400 Free Quote

Compare Cataract Providers in San Antonio, TX

Facility City Type
Methodist Ambulatory Surgery Hospital Northwest San Antonio Acute Care Hospital
Methodist Ambulatory Surgery Center Medical Center San Antonio Ambulatory Surgical Center
Christus Santa Rosa Hospital - City Centre San Antonio Acute Care Hospital
South Texas Regional Medical Center Jourdanton Acute Care Hospital
Pasteur Plaza Surgery Center San Antonio Ambulatory Surgical Center
Northeast Methodist Ambulatory Surgery Center Live Oak Ambulatory Surgical Center
Interventional Surgical Care San Antonio Ambulatory Surgical Center
American Surgery Centers of South Texas San Antonio Ambulatory Surgical Center
Mckenna Ambulatory Surigical Center New Braunfels Ambulatory Surgical Center
New Braunfels Surgical Center New Braunfels Ambulatory Surgical Center
Southwest General Hospital San Antonio Acute Care Hospital
Methodist Hospital San Antonio Acute Care Hospital
Physicians Ambulatory Surgery Center V San Antonio Ambulatory Surgical Center
South Texas Surgical Center Seguin Ambulatory Surgical Center
Alamo Ambulatory Surgical Center San Antonio Ambulatory Surgical Center
Christus Santa Rosa Surgery Center San Antonio Ambulatory Surgical Center
Methodist Ambulatory Surgery Center North Central San Antonio Ambulatory Surgical Center
Nix Medical Center San Antonio Acute Care Hospital
Specialty Surgery Center San Antonio Ambulatory Surgical Center
Southcross Surgical Center San Antonio Ambulatory Surgical Center
University Hospital San Antonio Acute Care Hospital
Medina Community Hospital Hondo Critical Access (Rural) Hospital
The Center for Special Surgery @ TCA San Antonio Ambulatory Surgical Center
Alamo Heights Surgery Center San Antonio Ambulatory Surgical Center
Northeast Baptist Surgery Center San Antonio Ambulatory Surgical Center
Connally Memorial Medical Center Floresville Acute Care Hospital
Baptist Medical Center San Antonio Acute Care Hospital
San Antonio Eye Surgicenter San Antonio Eye Surgery Center

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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