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How Much Does Cataract Surgery Cost?

 
low costWith Insurance: Both Eyes $1,000 or morehigh costWithout Insurance: Both Eyes $10,000-$20,000
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Cataract surgery is used to correct a clouding of the lens of the eye that affects vision and usually is caused by aging. Surgery sometimes is recommended when cataracts have caused blurring of vision too severe to be improved with new glasses, better lighting, anti-glare sunglasses or a magnifying glass.

Typical costs:

  • For patients not covered by health insurance, cataract surgery typically costs $5,000 to $10,000 per eye, for a total of $10,000 to $20,000 for both eyes. For example, at Park Nicollet, a hospital in Minneapolis, Minn., it costs about $4,365 per eye -- a total of $8,730 for both eyes. At Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center[1] in New Hampshire, with an uninsured discount, it costs about $7,140 per eye -- a total of $14,280 for both eyes.
  • Cataract surgery is covered by most health insurance plans. Many patients who need cataract surgery are 65 or older, and Medicare covers cataract surgery.
  • For patients covered by insurance, typical out-of-pocket costs would consist of coinsurance of 10 to 20 percent or more -- or $1,000 or more for both eyes. However, a supplemental Medicare policy could cover those costs.
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What should be included:
  • The Mayo Clinic[2] has an overview of cataract surgery.
Additional costs:
  • Special artificial lenses that block ultraviolet light or have multifocal capability can cost as much as $1,000 more than standard lenses.
  • Prescription eye drops usually are required after cataract surgery.
  • Within five years after cataract surgery, one in four patients develop cloudiness on part of the lens capsule that remains in the eye after surgery; to correct this, a five-minute procedure, called YAG laser capsulotomy, is needed. This typically costs $250 to $450 and usually is covered by insurance.
Shopping for cataract surgery:
  • Cataract surgery generally is considered safe and effective. However, risks include swelling of the retina, infection, new astigmatism, development of glaucoma and an increased risk of retinal detachment.
  • The National Eye Institute[3] , part of the National Institutes of Health, recommends that surgery be considered only when cataracts interfere with everyday activities such as reading, driving or watching TV, and that you consult a doctor to make the decision.
  • It is important to look for a doctor who is board-certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and who specializes in cataract surgery. It is a good idea to ask how many years of experience a doctor has and how often the doctor performs cataract surgery.
Material on this page is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as medical advice. Always consult your physician or pharmacist regarding medications or medical procedures.
 
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Cataract Surgery Cost Las Vegas Nevada
Amount: $5,000.00 not covered by insurance
Posted by: Red Rock Surgery Center in Las Vegas, NV.Posted: April 28th, 2014 09:04PM
One or Two Eyes: oneType Lens: multifocal
Doctor/Medical Center: Red Rock Surgery Center, David Malitz
It is sad the lack of transparency in medical pricing. We operate two surgery centers, are dedicated to helping patients but need to cover our outrageous costs, licenses, certifications, staff, fees, medications, supplies, malpractice insurance, heat, light, equipment, instruments, disposables etc. It should not be complex to get a straight answer on the cost of surgery. Our all inclusive fee for Cataract Surgery is 5000-5500 for a "premium lens" (multifocal or accomodating). The multifocal works more consistently (almost always! and 4000-4500 for a standard (monofocal) lens. With this lens, plan on wearing glasses for fine tuning. We have centers in Las Vegas and Indiana. We have colleagues throughout the country. redrocksurgerycenter.com, oveye.com, Yes, like everything, you can probably find it for less or more. Don't waste money on the laser, the outcomes in a skilled surgeon's hands are virtually identical. Our technique is less than 10 minutes and is no stitches!
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Cataract
Amount: $0.00 not covered by insurance
Posted by: stetson in Augusta, ME.Posted: February 1st, 2010 10:02PM
One or Two Eyes: bothType Lens: progressive
Doctor/Medical Center: Dr. Steve Witkin
I had my eyes done in 2004 and 2005 this surgery
was basically painless and was a miracle because
I could see again.With my right eye I didn't wait as long so the cataracts came out a bit harder.
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External Resources:
  1.  patients.dartmouth-hitchcock.org/billing_questions/charges_for_healthcare_services.html
  2.  www.mayoclinic.com/health/cataract-surgery/MY00164
  3.  www.nei.nih.gov/health/cataract/cataract_facts.asp#4a
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