St. Louis, MO Cataract Cost Comparison

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A Cataract in St. Louis costs $1,488 on average when you take the median of the 62 medical providers who perform Cataract procedures in St. Louis, MO. There are 1 different types of Cataract provided in St. Louis, 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 St. Louis 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 $925 - $2,550 Free Quote

Compare Cataract Providers in St. Louis, MO

Facility City Type
Cataract Surgery Center of St. Louis Florissant Eye Surgery Center
St Louis Eye Surgery and Laser Center Des Peres Eye Surgery Center
Saint Alexius Hospital - Broadway Campus Saint Louis Acute Care Hospital
Missouri Baptist Medical Center Saint Louis Acute Care Hospital
Cardinal Glennon Pediatric Surgery Center Saint Louis Ambulatory Surgical Center
Jersey Community Hospital Jerseyville Acute Care Hospital
Bel Clair Surgical Center Belleville Ambulatory Surgical Center
City Place Surgery Center Creve Coeur Ambulatory Surgical Center
Eyes of Illinois Surgery Center Maryville Eye Surgery Center
Manchester Surgery Center Des Peres Ambulatory Surgical Center
Greenville Regional Hospital Greenville Acute Care Hospital
South County Surgical Center Saint Louis Ambulatory Surgical Center
Twin Cities Surgery Center Festus Ambulatory Surgical Center
Saint Joseph's Hospital Highland Critical Access (Rural) Hospital
Belleville Surgical Center Belleville Ambulatory Surgical Center
Saint Alexius Hospital - Jefferson Campus Saint Louis Acute Care Hospital
Alton Surgical Facility Alton Ambulatory Surgical Center
Jefferson Memorial Surgery Center Festus Ambulatory Surgical Center
Advanced Ambulatory Surgical Care Creve Coeur Ambulatory Surgical Center
Edwardsville Ambulatory Surgery Center Glen Carbon Ambulatory Surgical Center
SSM Saint Mary's Health Center Richmond Heights Acute Care Hospital
Alton Memorial Hospital Alton Acute Care Hospital
The Surgery Center at St. Joseph Medical Park Saint Charles Ambulatory Surgical Center
Webster Ambulatory Surgery Center Webster Groves Ambulatory Surgical Center
Washington Surgery Center Washington Ambulatory Surgical Center
Mid County Surgery Center Saint Louis Ambulatory Surgical Center
Timberlake Surgery Center Chesterfield Ambulatory Surgical Center
Olive Ambulatory Surgery Center Saint Louis Ambulatory Surgical Center
Barnes-jewish Saint Peters Hospital Saint Peters Acute Care Hospital
Riverside Ambulatory Surgery Center Florissant Ambulatory Surgical Center
Missouri Baptist Hospital - Sullivan Sullivan Acute Care Hospital
SSM Saint Joseph Health Center - Wentzville Wentzville Acute Care Hospital
Old Tesson Surgery Center Saint Louis Ambulatory Surgical Center
Saint Anthony's Medical Center Saint Louis Acute Care Hospital
Saint Joseph's Hospital Breese Acute Care Hospital
Barnes-jewish West County Hospital Saint Louis Acute Care Hospital
Mason Ridge Surgery Center Saint Louis Ambulatory Surgical Center
Advanced Surgery Center Saint Louis Ambulatory Surgical Center
St Peters Ambulatory Surgery Center Saint Peters Ambulatory Surgical Center
Lincoln County Medical Center Troy Critical Access (Rural) Hospital
SSM Depaul Health Center Saint Louis Acute Care Hospital
Washington County Memorial Hospital Potosi Critical Access (Rural) Hospital
Christian Hospital Saint Louis Acute Care Hospital
Kenneth Hall Regional Hospital East Saint Louis Acute Care Hospital
Saint Anthony's Hospital Alton Acute Care Hospital
Mid- America Surgery Center Chesterfield Ambulatory Surgical Center
The Surgical Center of St. Louis Bridgeton Ambulatory Surgical Center
Saint Luke's Hospital Chesterfield Acute Care Hospital
Tri-county Surgery Center Washington Ambulatory Surgical Center
South County Outpatient Surgery Center Saint Louis Ambulatory Surgical Center
Chesterfield Surgery Center Chesterfield Ambulatory Surgical Center
Saint Louis University Hospital Saint Louis Acute Care Hospital
Barnes-jewish Hospital Saint Louis Acute Care Hospital
Saint John's Mercy Hospital Washington Acute Care Hospital
Sunset Hills Ambulatory Surgery Center Saint Louis Ambulatory Surgical Center
Saint John's Mercy Medical Center Saint Louis Acute Care Hospital
Highland Ambulatory Surgical Center Highland Ambulatory Surgical Center
St. Louis Surgical Center Creve Coeur Ambulatory Surgical Center
Ssm Saint Joseph Health Center Saint Charles Acute Care Hospital
West County Surgical Center Creve Coeur Ambulatory Surgical Center
Carlinville Area Hospital Carlinville Critical Access (Rural) Hospital
Community Memorial Hospital Staunton Critical Access (Rural) Hospital

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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