Los Angeles, CA Cataract Cost Comparison

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A Cataract in Los Angeles costs $2,098 on average when you take the median of the 311 medical providers who perform Cataract procedures in Los Angeles, CA. There are 1 different types of Cataract provided in Los Angeles, 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 Los Angeles providers below you may be able to save money. Start shopping today and see what you can save!
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Compare Cataract Providers in Los Angeles, CA

Facility City Type
Hull Eye Center Lancaster Eye Surgery Center
Kaiser Permanente Anaheim Medical Center Anaheim Acute Care Hospital
Westwood Surgery Center Los Angeles Ambulatory Surgical Center
Broadway Surgical Institute Santa Monica Ambulatory Surgical Center
Wardlow Surgery Center Long Beach Ambulatory Surgical Center
Long Beach Memorial Medical Center Long Beach Acute Care Hospital
Valley Presbyterian Hospital Van Nuys Acute Care Hospital
Madison 101 Pasadena Surgery Center Pasadena Ambulatory Surgical Center
Pacific Alliance Medical Center Los Angeles Acute Care Hospital
Olympia Medical Center Los Angeles Acute Care Hospital
South Bay Surgery Center Hermosa Beach Ambulatory Surgical Center
West Coast Outpatient Surgery Center Garden Grove Ambulatory Surgical Center
Northridge Advanced Surgery Center Northridge Ambulatory Surgical Center
Saddleback Memorial Medical Center - San Clemente San Clemente Acute Care Hospital
Foothill Surgery Center Arcadia Ambulatory Surgical Center
Community Hospital of Huntington Park Huntington Park Acute Care Hospital
La/oc Surgical Center Redondo Beach Ambulatory Surgical Center
Brotman Medical Center Culver City Acute Care Hospital
Sunset Ambulatory Surgical Center Los Angeles Ambulatory Surgical Center
Los Alamitos Medical Center Los Alamitos Acute Care Hospital
Saint Francis Medical Center Lynwood Acute Care Hospital
Four Seasons Surgery Centers of Encino Encino Ambulatory Surgical Center
Santa Ana Outpatient Surgery Center Santa Ana Ambulatory Surgical Center
Four Seasons Surgery Centers of Anaheim Anaheim Ambulatory Surgical Center
Tarzana Surgery Center Tarzana Ambulatory Surgical Center
Newport Center Surgical Newport Beach Ambulatory Surgical Center
Congress Medical Surgery Center Pasadena Ambulatory Surgical Center
Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian Newport Beach Acute Care Hospital
Downey Surgical Clinic Downey Ambulatory Surgical Center
20th Street Surgery Center Santa Monica Ambulatory Surgical Center
Coastal Surgery Center Huntington Beach Ambulatory Surgical Center
Long Beach Surgical Institute Long Beach Ambulatory Surgical Center
The Center for Ambulatory Surgical Treatment Los Angeles Ambulatory Surgical Center
California Surgical Institute Brea Ambulatory Surgical Center
Little Company of Mary Hospital - San Pedro San Pedro Acute Care Hospital
Mile Square Surgery Center Fountain Valley Ambulatory Surgical Center
Coast Surgery Center Torrance Ambulatory Surgical Center
Catalina Island Medical Center Avalon Critical Access (Rural) Hospital
Encino Surgical Medical Center Encino Ambulatory Surgical Center
Comprehensive Ambulatory Surgical Medical Center El Monte Ambulatory Surgical Center
Ocean Park Health Surgery Center Los Angeles Ambulatory Surgical Center
Providence Holy Cross Surgery Center Mission Hills Ambulatory Surgical Center
Sunset Surgicenter Los Angeles Ambulatory Surgical Center
Brea Surgical Center Brea Ambulatory Surgical Center
Azusa Surgery Center Azusa Ambulatory Surgical Center
Lakewood Regional Medical Center Lakewood Acute Care Hospital
Regional Valley Surgery Center Lancaster Ambulatory Surgical Center
Memorialcare Surgical Center at Saddleback Laguna Hills Ambulatory Surgical Center
Crown Valley Surgery Center Mission Viejo Ambulatory Surgical Center
Serra Community Medical Clinic Surgery Center Sun Valley Ambulatory Surgical Center
Kaiser Permanente Woodland Hills Medical Center Woodland Hills Acute Care Hospital
Beverly Hospital Montebello Acute Care Hospital
Robertson Surgical Center Beverly Hills Ambulatory Surgical Center
Northridge Hospital Medical Center Northridge Acute Care Hospital
Barranca Surgery Center. Irvine Ambulatory Surgical Center
MD Surgical Solutions Sherman Oaks Ambulatory Surgical Center
Los Alamitos Surgery Center Los Alamitos Ambulatory Surgical Center
The Beverly Hills Center for Special Surgery Los Angeles Ambulatory Surgical Center
Newport Coast Surgery Center Newport Beach Ambulatory Surgical Center
Beverly Hills Canter for Arthroscopic and Outpatient Surgery Los Angeles Ambulatory Surgical Center
Irvine Regional Hospital and Medical Center Irvine Acute Care Hospital
Santa Monica - University of California Los Angeles Santa Monica Acute Care Hospital
Sunset Surgical Center West Covina Ambulatory Surgical Center
Southern California Surgery Center Huntington Park Ambulatory Surgical Center
Glendale Adventist Medical Center Glendale Acute Care Hospital
Eye Surgical Center Glendale Eye Surgery Center
Palmdale Lancaster Surgery Center Lancaster Ambulatory Surgical Center
Sherman Oaks Surgery Center Sherman Oaks Ambulatory Surgical Center
Valley Ambulatory Surgery Center Van Nuys Ambulatory Surgical Center
Los Angeles County - University of Southern California Los Angeles Acute Care Hospital
East Los Angeles Doctors Hospital Los Angeles Acute Care Hospital
Vista Surgical Center Orange Ambulatory Surgical Center
Pacific Coast Ambulatory Surgicenter San Clemente Ambulatory Surgical Center
Surgery Center of South Bay Torrance Ambulatory Surgical Center
Centinela Freeman Regional Medical Center - Marina Marina Del Rey Acute Care Hospital
Huntington Beach Hospital Huntington Beach Acute Care Hospital
Irvine Multi Specialty Surgical Care Irvine Ambulatory Surgical Center
Mid-wilshire Surgery Center Los Angeles Ambulatory Surgical Center
Del Rey Surgery Center Marina Del Rey Ambulatory Surgical Center
Sunflower Surgical Institute Costa Mesa Ambulatory Surgical Center
Whittier Hospital Medical Center Whittier Acute Care Hospital
San Gabriel Valley Surgical Center West Covina Ambulatory Surgical Center
Global Care Surgery Center Westminster Ambulatory Surgical Center
Pacific Ambulatory Surgery Center Alhambra Ambulatory Surgical Center
Saint Mary and Joseph Surgery and Laser Center Orange Eye Surgery Center
Foothill Ranch Surgi-center Foothill Ranch Ambulatory Surgical Center
Roxbury Surgery Center Beverly Hills Ambulatory Surgical Center
Southern California Minimal Invasive Endoscopy and Surgery Long Beach Ambulatory Surgical Center
Valencia Outpatient Surgical Center Santa Clarita Ambulatory Surgical Center
Fountain Valley Regional Hospital and Medical Center Fountain Valley Acute Care Hospital
Lasky Clinic Surgical Center Beverly Hills Ambulatory Surgical Center
Newport Avenue Surgery Institute Tustin Ambulatory Surgical Center
Orangewood Surgical Center Orange Ambulatory Surgical Center
Downtown La Ambulatory Surgical Center Los Angeles Ambulatory Surgical Center
Cedars-sinai Medical Center Los Angeles Acute Care Hospital
Pacific Hills Surgery Center Laguna Hills Ambulatory Surgical Center
Orange Coast Surgical Center Newport Beach Ambulatory Surgical Center
Magnolia Surgery Center Westminster Ambulatory Surgical Center
Pacifica Outpatient Surgery Center Huntington Beach Ambulatory Surgical Center
Methodist Hospital Arcadia Acute Care Hospital
Garden Grove Hospital and Medical Center Garden Grove Acute Care Hospital
Santa Monica Surgical Center Santa Monica Ambulatory Surgical Center
Pacific Surgery Center of Santa Monica Santa Monica Ambulatory Surgical Center
West Anaheim Medical Center Anaheim Acute Care Hospital
Glendale Eye Surgery Center Glendale Eye Surgery Center
Centinela Hospital Medical Center Inglewood Acute Care Hospital
Chevy Chase Ambulatory Center Glendale Ambulatory Surgical Center
Sherman Oaks Hospital Sherman Oaks Acute Care Hospital
Diamond Bar Surgery Center Diamond Bar Ambulatory Surgical Center
Huntington Surgery Center Huntington Beach Ambulatory Surgical Center
Advanced Surgical Partners Costa Mesa Ambulatory Surgical Center
Lido Surgical Institute Newport Beach Ambulatory Surgical Center
Valley Multi Specialty Surgery Center Reseda Ambulatory Surgical Center
Specialty Surgical Center of Irvine Irvine Ambulatory Surgical Center
Chapman Medical Center Orange Acute Care Hospital
Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center Burbank Acute Care Hospital
Good Samaritan Hospital Los Angeles Acute Care Hospital
Camden Surgery Center Beverly Hills Ambulatory Surgical Center
Freedom Vision Surgery Center Encino Eye Surgery Center
California Surgery Center West Hills Ambulatory Surgical Center
Saint John's Health Center Santa Monica Acute Care Hospital
Starpoint Health Irvine Ambulatory Surgical Center
Marina Outpatient Surgery Center Marina Del Rey Ambulatory Surgical Center
Westside Multispecialty Surgery Center Los Angeles Ambulatory Surgical Center
Kaiser Permanente Bellflower Medical Center Bellflower Acute Care Hospital
LE Surgical Los Angeles Ambulatory Surgical Center
San Gabriel Ambulatory Surgery Center San Gabriel Ambulatory Surgical Center
North Orange County Surgery Center Anaheim Ambulatory Surgical Center
California Hospital Medical Center Los Angeles Acute Care Hospital
Antelope Valley Surgery Center Lancaster Ambulatory Surgical Center
Parkside Surgical Institute Santa Monica Ambulatory Surgical Center
USA Advanced Care Surgical Center Los Angeles Ambulatory Surgical Center
Studio City Surgical Center Studio City Ambulatory Surgical Center
Pasadena Advanced Surgery Institute Pasadena Ambulatory Surgical Center
Torrance Surgery Center Torrance Ambulatory Surgical Center
Newport Bay Surgery Center Newport Beach Ambulatory Surgical Center
Surgical Institute of Garden Grove Garden Grove Ambulatory Surgical Center
Main Street Specialty Surgery Center Orange Ambulatory Surgical Center
Linden Crest Surgery Center Beverly Hills Ambulatory Surgical Center
Daniel Freeman Memorial Hospital Inglewood Acute Care Hospital
University of California Los Angeles Medical Center Los Angeles Acute Care Hospital
Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center Los Angeles Acute Care Hospital
Citrus Valley Medical Center - Queen of the Valley West Covina Acute Care Hospital
Miracle Mile Medical Center Los Angeles Acute Care Hospital
Anaheim General Hospital Anaheim Acute Care Hospital
Pasadena Ambulatory Surgery Center Pasadena Ambulatory Surgical Center
Newport Plaza Surgery Center Costa Mesa Ambulatory Surgical Center
West Hills Surgical Center West Hills Ambulatory Surgical Center
San Gabriel Valley Medical Center San Gabriel Acute Care Hospital
Placentia-linda Hospital Placentia Acute Care Hospital
Hallmark Surgical Center of Northridge Northridge Ambulatory Surgical Center
Foothill Presbyterian Hospital Glendora Acute Care Hospital
Garden Grove Outpatient Surgery Center Garden Grove Ambulatory Surgical Center
Aalpha Surgical Center Culver City Ambulatory Surgical Center
Rinaldi Surgery Center Mission Hills Ambulatory Surgical Center
Valley Surgicenter Northridge Ambulatory Surgical Center
Harbor-university of California Los Angeles Medical Center Torrance Acute Care Hospital
Almont Ambulatory Surgery Center Beverly Hills Ambulatory Surgical Center
Msnbz Surgical Center Beverly Hills Ambulatory Surgical Center
Sherman Way Surgical Center Reseda Ambulatory Surgical Center
Summit Surgical Center Beverly Hills Ambulatory Surgical Center
Boulevard Surgicenter Encino Ambulatory Surgical Center
Olive View-ucla Medical Center Sylmar Acute Care Hospital
Tower Outpatient Surgey Center Los Angeles Ambulatory Surgical Center
Hoag Hospital Newport Beach Ambulatory Surgical Center
Surgery Center of the Pacific Santa Monica Ambulatory Surgical Center
Advanced Diagnostic and Surgical Center Alhambra Ambulatory Surgical Center
Temple Community Hospital Los Angeles Acute Care Hospital
Valencia Surgical Center Valencia Ambulatory Surgical Center
Ocean Surgicenter Santa Monica Ambulatory Surgical Center
University of California Irvine Medical Center Orange Acute Care Hospital
California Specialty Surgery Cneter Mission Viejo Ambulatory Surgical Center
West Wilshire Medical Surgical Center Los Angeles Ambulatory Surgical Center
M/S Surgery Center Lynwood Ambulatory Surgical Center
Lakewood Eye Physicians and Surgeons Lakewood Eye Surgery Center
Monterey Park Outpatient Surgery Center Monterey Park Ambulatory Surgical Center
Culver City Surgical Center Culver City Ambulatory Surgical Center
Foothill Gateway Surgery Center Lake Forest Ambulatory Surgical Center
Time Surgical Facility Santa Ana Ambulatory Surgical Center
Top Surgeons West Hills Ambulatory Surgical Center
South Gate Ambulatory Surgical Center South Gate Ambulatory Surgical Center
Mazzocco Ambulatory Surgical Center Van Nuys Ambulatory Surgical Center
Beach District Surgery Center Redondo Beach Ambulatory Surgical Center
Burbank Outpatient Surgery Center Burbank Ambulatory Surgical Center
Downey Surgery Center Downey Ambulatory Surgical Center
Kerlan-jobe Surgery Center Los Angeles Ambulatory Surgical Center
Mesa Surgicenter Fullerton Ambulatory Surgical Center
Pasadena Surgery Center Pasadena Ambulatory Surgical Center
Pacific Endoscopy and Surgery Center Fountain Valley Ambulatory Surgical Center
Huntington Outpatient Surgery Center Pasadena Ambulatory Surgical Center
Century Surgery Los Angeles Ambulatory Surgical Center
Brentwood Surgery Center Los Angeles Ambulatory Surgical Center
Surgery Center of Long Beach Long Beach Ambulatory Surgical Center
Memorial Hospital of Gardena Gardena Acute Care Hospital
Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center Pomona Acute Care Hospital
Pacific Coast Surgical Center Torrance Ambulatory Surgical Center
Pasadena Surgery Center Pasadena Ambulatory Surgical Center
Glendora Surgery Center Glendora Ambulatory Surgical Center
Comprehensive Outpatient Surgery Center Beverly Hills Ambulatory Surgical Center
Peninsula Outpatient Surgery Center San Pedro Ambulatory Surgical Center
Saint Mary Medical Center Long Beach Acute Care Hospital
Coastal Communities Hospital Santa Ana Acute Care Hospital
Sharp Surgery Center Torrance Ambulatory Surgical Center
East Valley Hospital Medical Center Glendora Acute Care Hospital
Monterey Park Hospital Monterey Park Acute Care Hospital
Regency Surgery Center Encino Ambulatory Surgical Center
Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital Valencia Acute Care Hospital
Oceanview Ambulatory Surgery Center Laguna Beach Ambulatory Surgical Center
Plaza Surgical Medical Center Monterey Park Ambulatory Surgical Center
2121 Surgery Center Santa Monica Ambulatory Surgical Center
Little Company of Mary Hospital - Torrance Torrance Acute Care Hospital
Avanguard Surgery Center Tarzana Ambulatory Surgical Center
Brand Surgical Institute Glendale Ambulatory Surgical Center
Kaiser Permanente Panorama City Medical Center Panorama City Acute Care Hospital
Pacific Ambulatory Surgical Center Encino Ambulatory Surgical Center
University of Southern California University Hospital Los Angeles Acute Care Hospital
Huntington Pointe Surgery Center Huntington Beach Ambulatory Surgical Center
Westside Medical Center Los Angeles Ambulatory Surgical Center
Huntington Hospital Pasadena Acute Care Hospital
Verdugo Hills Hospital Glendale Acute Care Hospital
Surgicare of La Veta Orange Ambulatory Surgical Center
Torrance Outpatient Surgery Center Torrance Ambulatory Surgical Center
Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center Los Angeles Acute Care Hospital
Oasis Surgery Center Palmdale Ambulatory Surgical Center
Foothill Ranch Surgery and Medical Center Foothill Ranch Ambulatory Surgical Center
Garfield Medical Center Monterey Park Acute Care Hospital
Spalding Outpatient Surgery Center Beverly Hills Ambulatory Surgical Center
Arcadia Outpatient Surgery Arcadia Ambulatory Surgical Center
Birch Outpatient Surgery Center Newport Beach Ambulatory Surgical Center
Newport Beach Surgery Center Newport Beach Ambulatory Surgical Center
Surgical Suite of Southern California Long Beach Ambulatory Surgical Center
Antelope Valley Surgical Institute Lancaster Ambulatory Surgical Center
Glendale Outpatient Surgery Center Glendale Ambulatory Surgical Center
Imagebased Surgicenter Corporation Santa Monica Ambulatory Surgical Center
Sampson Medical Corporation Montebello Ambulatory Surgical Center
Westminster Surgery Center Westminster Ambulatory Surgical Center
Kaiser Permanente West Los Angeles Medical Center Los Angeles Acute Care Hospital
Torrance Memorial Medical Center Torrance Acute Care Hospital
Newport Center for Special Surgery Newport Beach Ambulatory Surgical Center
Newport Bluffs Surgery Center Newport Beach Ambulatory Surgical Center
Buena Vista Surgery Center Burbank Ambulatory Surgical Center
Bolsa Outpatient Surgery Westminster Ambulatory Surgical Center
Charleville Surgicenter, A Medical Corp. Beverly Hills Ambulatory Surgical Center
Kaiser Permanente Baldwin Park Medical Center Baldwin Park Acute Care Hospital
Downey Regional Medical Center Downey Acute Care Hospital
Newport Crest Surgical Center Newport Beach Ambulatory Surgical Center
Encino Place Surgery Center Encino Ambulatory Surgical Center
Directed Interventional Surgery Center Santa Monica Ambulatory Surgical Center
Orthopaedic Hospital Los Angeles Acute Care Hospital
Nova Surgicenter Beverly Hills Ambulatory Surgical Center
Specialty Surgical Center, Arcadia Arcadia Ambulatory Surgical Center
Saint Jude Medical Center Fullerton Acute Care Hospital
Third Street Surgery Center Los Angeles Ambulatory Surgical Center
Venice Beach Surgical Center Los Angeles Ambulatory Surgical Center
Center for Outpatient Surgery Whittier Ambulatory Surgical Center
Eden Surgical Center Calabasas Ambulatory Surgical Center
Saint Vincent Medical Center Los Angeles Acute Care Hospital
Manchester Surgical Pavillion Orange Ambulatory Surgical Center
Lakeside Surgery Center Glendale Ambulatory Surgical Center
Eve Surgical Center Los Angeles Eye Surgery Center
Beverly Hills Surgery and Medical Center Lynwood Ambulatory Surgical Center
The Advanced Surgical Institute Huntington Beach Ambulatory Surgical Center
Specialty Surgical Center of Thousand Oaks Beverly Hills Ambulatory Surgical Center
Suburban Medical Center Paramount Acute Care Hospital
2001 Surgery Center Santa Monica Ambulatory Surgical Center
Alhambra Hospital Medical Center Alhambra Acute Care Hospital
State of the Art Surgery Center Los Angeles Ambulatory Surgical Center
Med-laser Surgical Center Montebello Eye Surgery Center
Los Angeles Surgical Center Los Angeles Ambulatory Surgical Center
Fullerton Surgical Center Fullerton Ambulatory Surgical Center
Mission Surgery Center Mission Viejo Ambulatory Surgical Center
Western Medical Center Santa Ana Santa Ana Acute Care Hospital
Ocean Surgey Center Torrance Ambulatory Surgical Center
Laguna Hills Surgery Center Laguna Woods Ambulatory Surgical Center
Four Seasons Surgery Centers of Huntington Beach Huntington Beach Ambulatory Surgical Center
Saint Joseph Hospital Orange Acute Care Hospital
Oak Tree ASC Pasadena Ambulatory Surgical Center
Greater El Monte Community Hospital South El Monte Acute Care Hospital
The Oc Surgery Center Santa Ana Ambulatory Surgical Center
Glendale Memorial Hospital and Health Center Glendale Acute Care Hospital
Sph Irvine Irvine Ambulatory Surgical Center
Newport Centre Outpatient Surgery Facilities Newport Beach Ambulatory Surgical Center
Wilshire Surgicenter Beverly Hills Ambulatory Surgical Center
WMG Procedure Center Los Angeles Ambulatory Surgical Center
Mosaics Surgery Center Huntington Beach Ambulatory Surgical Center
International Surgical Institute Beverly Hills Ambulatory Surgical Center
Encino-Tarzana Regional Medical Center - Encino Encino Acute Care Hospital
North Anaheim Surgicenter Anaheim Ambulatory Surgical Center
Pacific Surgery Center Burbank Ambulatory Surgical Center
West Coast Center for Surgeries San Clemente Ambulatory Surgical Center
Euclid Outpatient Surgery Center Fountain Valley Ambulatory Surgical Center
Eye Surgery Center of Beverly Hills Beverly Hills Eye Surgery Center
Hoag Outpatient Surgery Center Newport Beach Ambulatory Surgical Center
United Surgery Medical Center Montebello Ambulatory Surgical Center
Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital Whittier Acute Care Hospital
Casa Colina Surgery Center Pomona Ambulatory Surgical Center
West Coast Surgery Center Los Alamitos Ambulatory Surgical Center
La Peer Surgery Center Beverly Hills Ambulatory Surgical Center
Anaheim Surgicenter Anaheim Ambulatory Surgical Center
Oc Regional Surgical Center Orange Ambulatory Surgical Center
Reagan Street Surgery Center Los Alamitos Ambulatory Surgical Center
Whittier Outpatient Surgery Center Whittier Ambulatory Surgical Center
Ocean Park Surgical Center Venice Ambulatory Surgical Center
South Coast Medical Center Laguna Beach Acute Care Hospital
Kaiser Permanente South Bay Medical Center Harbor City Acute Care Hospital
La Palma Intercommunity Hospital La Palma Acute Care Hospital
Laguna Niguel Surgery Center Laguna Niguel Ambulatory Surgical Center
Procedure Center of Irvine Irvine Ambulatory Surgical Center
Doctors Surgery Center Fountain Valley Ambulatory Surgical Center
Motion Picture and Television Hospital Woodland Hills Acute Care Hospital
Oakpark Surgery Center Pasadena Ambulatory Surgical 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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