Seattle, WA Cataract Cost Comparison

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A Cataract in Seattle costs $1,777 on average when you take the median of the 63 medical providers who perform Cataract procedures in Seattle, WA. There are 1 different types of Cataract provided in Seattle, 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 Seattle providers below you may be able to save money. Start shopping today and see what you can save!
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Cataract Eye Surgery Cost Average $1,100 - $3,100 Free Quote

Compare Cataract Providers in Seattle, WA

Facility City Type
Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) Bellevue Eye Surgery Center
Overlake Surgery Center Bellevue Ambulatory Surgical Center
Schick Shadel Hospital Seattle Acute Care Hospital
Kemp Surgery Center Everett Ambulatory Surgical Center
Stevens Hospital Edmonds Acute Care Hospital
Saint Francis Hospital Federal Way Acute Care Hospital
Swedish Medical Center / First Hill Campus Seattle Acute Care Hospital
Saint Joseph Medical Center Tacoma Acute Care Hospital
The Multispecialty Surgency Center Shoreline Ambulatory Surgical Center
Tacoma General Hospital Tacoma Acute Care Hospital
Bel-red Ambulatory Surgical Facility Bellevue Ambulatory Surgical Center
Valley General Hospital Monroe Acute Care Hospital
Virginia Mason Issaquah ASC Issaquah Ambulatory Surgical Center
ASC Polyclinic Surgery Center Seattle Ambulatory Surgical Center
Northwest Laser and Surgery Center Bellevue Eye Surgery Center
Smc Day Surgery Renton Ambulatory Surgical Center
Valley Medical Center Renton Acute Care Hospital
Auburn Outpatient Surgery Center Auburn Ambulatory Surgical Center
Virginia Mason Bellevue ASC Bellevue Ambulatory Surgical Center
Virginia Mason Medical Center Seattle Acute Care Hospital
Overlake Hospital Medical Center Bellevue Acute Care Hospital
Sound Eye and Laser Surgery Center Seattle Eye Surgery Center
Enumclaw Community Hospital Enumclaw Critical Access (Rural) Hospital
Eastside Hospital and Specialty Center Redmond Acute Care Hospital
Virginia Mason Lynnwood ASC Lynnwood Ambulatory Surgical Center
Southlake Clinic Renton Ambulatory Surgical Center
Valley Eye and Laser Center Renton Eye Surgery Center
Evergreen Eye Center Federal Way Eye Surgery Center
The Harman Eye Clinic ASC Arlington Eye Surgery Center
First Hill Surgery Center Seattle Ambulatory Surgical Center
University of Washington Medical Center Seattle Acute Care Hospital
St Joseph Gig Harbor Same Day Surgery Center Gig Harbor Ambulatory Surgical Center
Cascade Surgery Center Auburn Ambulatory Surgical Center
Cedar Medical Specialties Tacoma Ambulatory Surgical Center
Good Samaritan Surgery Center Puyallup Ambulatory Surgical Center
Issaquah Surgery Center Issaquah Ambulatory Surgical Center
Cascade Valley Arlington Surgery Center Arlington Ambulatory Surgical Center
Surgery Center Enumclaw Enumclaw Ambulatory Surgical Center
Southwest Seattle Surgery Center Burien Ambulatory Surgical Center
Narrows Eye Surgery Center Tacoma Eye Surgery Center
Trask Surgery Center Everett Ambulatory Surgical Center
Eye Surgery of Edmonds Edmonds Eye Surgery Center
Gateway Surgery Center Everett Ambulatory Surgical Center
Cedar Laser and Surgery Center Tacoma Eye Surgery Center
Seattle Surgery Center Seattle Ambulatory Surgical Center
Highline Medical Center Burien Acute Care Hospital
The Surgery Center at Rainier Puyallup Ambulatory Surgical Center
Northwest Hospital and Medical Center Seattle Acute Care Hospital
Edmonds Center for Outpatient Surgery Edmonds Ambulatory Surgical Center
Everett Bone and Joint Surgery Center Everett Ambulatory Surgical Center
Evergreen Surgical Center Kirkland Ambulatory Surgical Center
Bellevue Ambulatory Surgery Center Bellevue Ambulatory Surgical Center
Hillside Medical Surgery Puyallup Ambulatory Surgical Center
Physicians Eye Surgery Center Everett Eye Surgery Center
North Seattle Surgery Center Seattle Ambulatory Surgical Center
Tacoma Ambulatory Surgery Center Tacoma Ambulatory Surgical Center
Harborview Medical Center Seattle Acute Care Hospital
Pacific Medical Centers Ambulatory Surgical Center Seattle Ambulatory Surgical Center
Snoqualmie Valley Hospital Snoqualmie Critical Access (Rural) Hospital
Virginia Mason Federal Way South ASC Federal Way Ambulatory Surgical Center
West Tacoma Surgery Center Tacoma Ambulatory Surgical Center
Cabrini Tower Ambulatory Surgery Center Seattle Ambulatory Surgical Center
Auburn Regional Medical Center Auburn Acute Care 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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