Search thousands of topics on CostHelper

BROWSE ALL TOPICS >> babies & children  cars  consumer electronics health & personal care home & garden personal finance  pets  schools small business sports weddings
CostHelper > Health & Personal Care  > Opthamology & Optometry > Cataract Surgery

Cataract Surgery Cost


How Much Does Cataract Surgery Cost?

 
low costWith Insurance: Both Eyes $1,000 or morehigh costWithout Insurance: Both Eyes $10,000-$20,000
post Post   Comments (5)  

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.
Related articles: LASIK Eye Surgery

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.
 
post Post   Comments (5)  
CostHelper News


10 Quick and Inexpensive Home Makeover Projects To Do While At Home
You may not be able to host the large family gathering for the holidays, but there are still many ways to pick up items curbside to spruce up your indoor space for your everyday enjoyment and to bring a more festive spirit. || Posted December 30 2020


10 Key Ways to Prepare for Extreme Snow
Forecasters are predicting a true nor'easter will hit the eastern and central states with rain, thunderstorms, ice, snow and high winds over the Thanksgiving weekend. It's crucial to plan ahead, before bad weather hits. || Posted November 26 2013

‣ All CostHelper Blog Posts


What People Are Paying - Recent Comments
Cataract surgery
Amount: $15,555.80 not covered by insurance
Posted by: a user in Austin, MN.Posted: October 30th, 2020 02:10PM
One or Two Eyes: OneType Lens: Standard
Doctor/Medical Center: Mayo Clinic
This is the estimate given to me that will be sent to my insurance. I pay 20% of this amount. For one eye. I am flabbergasted.
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam
SYMPTOMS OF GLAUCOMA
Amount: $0.00 not covered by insurance
Posted by: Stephen arden in New York, NY.Posted: December 29th, 2017 07:12AM
One or Two Eyes: 2Type Lens: multifocal
Doctor/Medical Center: Menger-Eye-Center
Thanks for sharing the information regarding how much cataract surgery cost.
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam
Cataract cost
Amount: $4,500.00 not covered by insurance
Posted by: Paperconcepts in New Albany, IN.Posted: December 25th, 2017 06:12PM
One or Two Eyes: bothType Lens: monovision
Doctor/Medical Center: John Kenyon Eye Center
Having second eye surgery tomorrow. First one done 2 weeks ago - spent $2700 over what insurance paid. But I elected to have the laser surgery at a cost of $1500 per eye, plus deductible plus doctor co pay of $200. Not cheap even with insurance. But can see well and should be perfect after 2nd eye done tomorrow
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam
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!
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam
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.
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam


 

Comment On Your Experience With Cataract Surgery
 
Subject:  *
Amount Spent:  * not covered by insurance
One or Two Eyes: Type Lens: 
Doctor/Medical Center:   
Comments: 
Purchased:  Year: 
City:  * State:  *
 
Information about you:
Email:  * Email addresses are not displayed.
Name:  This is the name we'll display with your post.
me on this computer
*=required field.
 



External Resources:
  1.  patients.dartmouth-hitchcock.org/billing_questions/charges_for_healthcare_services...
  2.  www.mayoclinic.com/health/cataract-surgery/MY00164
  3.  www.nei.nih.gov/health/cataract/cataract_facts.asp#4a
More Health & Personal Care Topics
Check Out All Costs for Health & Personal Care How Much Does an X-Ray Cost? How Much Do Body Piercings Cost? How Much Does a Heart Stent Cost?

Search Thousands of Topics on CostHelper.com

 
Today's Featured Cost Articles

About CostHelper
CostHelper is based in Silicon Valley and provides consumers with unbiased price information about thousands of goods and services. Our writers are experienced journalists who adhere to our strict editorial ethics policy.

CostHelper Community
shoulder mri
Paid: 8000.00
Seriously, 8K for an MRI before all the secret insurance kicks in. I was stuck with a 1200 bill and my insurance is pretty good. This is insane for a 20 minute procedure with no nurse assistance... [more]
-stevej45
MRI Cost
Garage conversion for larger Den. Old den will become Breakfast room
Paid: 21000.00
We removed garage door, put in a 107'X60" window and exterior door. We also framed/sheet rocked where the garage door had been and built a closet... [more]
-USAF Retiree's wife
Garage Conversion Cost
Traffic citation
Paid: 500.00
Flat rate... [more]
-OL
Traffic Ticket Attorney Cost
what should have cost under 100
Paid: 399.67
had my back wheel stuck on someone's driveway and I was pulled out as easily as a tractor could have done... [more]
-Morgan Moonscar
Towing a Car Cost
Why is dental insurance stuck in the 80's?
Paid: 55000.00
In 1986, I started my first full time Big Girl job, which came with options for medical insurance that ranged from "Volkswagon to Cadillac, and everything in between" which was up to me to choose based on my needs, what I could af... [more]
-Frogsoup09
Dental Implants Cost
Sticker shock
Paid: 389.00
I was totally shocked it came to 385 for one pair of glasses! Usually 220 at costco... [more]
-Diana Evans
Eyeglasses Cost