How Much Does Cataract Surgery Cost?

What you should expect to pay for cataract surgery depends on your insurance, the type of lens implant that you choose, and the complexity of your vision problems.

There are major differences between health insurance systems and policies around the world. Many countries have universal healthcare policies in place. In countries without universal healthcare coverage, health insurance is commonly included in employer benefit packages. Contact your insurance company for more information about your healthcare coverage for the treatment of cataract.

Also, the type of lens implant influences the costs of cataract treatment. There are two basic categories of lenses: standard monofocal lenses and premium toric and multifocal lenses. If you would like to be less dependent on glasses after cataract surgery, you can choose to have surgery with premium lenses. In many cases, you will have to pay an added cost yourself for premium lenses.

Your ophthalmologist will help you to decide on the best lens model, based on pre-op measurements and your personal vision objectives.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is cataract?

    A cataract is a clouding of the eye's natural lens, causing vision loss. A cataract can occur in either or both eyes. If left untreated, the clouding can eventually lead to legal blindness or even total blindness.

    Most cataracts are related to aging, but cataracts can also be present at birth or develop later in life caused by physical injury or trauma.

    The lens lies behind the iris and the pupil. In a normal eye, light passes through the transparent lens. The lens is made of mostly water and protein. As we age, some of the protein may clump together and start to cloud a small area of the lens. This is a cataract. Over time, the cataract may grow larger and cloud more of the lens, making it harder to see.

  • What happens during cataract surgery?

    During cataract surgery the natural lens of your eye affected by cataract will be removed. After removal, during the same surgery, an artificial lens will be implanted into your eye. This lens takes over the functions of your natural lens and you will see better again. Whether you will need glasses after surgery depends on the type of artificial lens that is implanted.

  • What is presbyopia?

    Presbyopia is caused by a hardening of the lens of your eye, which occurs with aging. As your lens becomes less flexible, it can no longer change shape to focus on close-up images, making it difficult to see at intermediate and near distances (30cm – 100 cm). Most people begin to notice the effects of presbyopia sometime after age 40 and start using reading glasses and computer glasses. Whether you will need glasses after surgery depends on the type of artificial lens that is implanted.

  • What is astigmatism (Cylinder)?

    With corneal astigmatism (cylinder), the front surface of the eye has an irregular curve. This can change the way light passes, or refracts, to your retina. This causes blurry, fuzzy, or distorted vision. Whether you will need glasses after surgery depends on the type of artificial lens that is implanted.

  • What types of lenses are available?

    You can choose from different types of artificial lenses.

    Premium lenses
    Lenses with specialized optics to correct presbyopia and astigmatism (cylinder). You will be less dependent on glasses after cataract surgery.

    Standard lenses
    Lenses with standard optics. They only offer clear vision at one distance, either near of far. This means you will be dependent on glasses.