Most of the cataract surgeons in India practice what they call as surgical packages for what they charge for doing cataract surgeries. Some tips for patients to help in what to pick.
- What is included in cataract surgery packages?
- What is not included in cataract surgery packages?
- How to confirm what you have got?
- Can you bring your own lens?
- Brands of lens
Cataract surgery Packages varies from, hospital to hospital, surgeon to surgeon, city to city, type of operation ( SICS> Phaco> Femto Laser), type of lens ( Indian Mono-Focal > Indian Multifocal> Multifocal ) and so on. Cost may vary from 10k -150k depending on the combination of doctor, hospital, surgery, the lens you have chosen for you.
What is included in cataract surgery packages?
The” Package” includes
- Pre-operative examination
- Surgeons fee
- Surgery charges
- Anesthesia charges
- Medication given during and before surgery
- Cost implant (Lens) and hospital stay.
What is not included in cataract surgery packages?
- Cost of the post-operative drugs
- Additional intervention after the surgery like Yag Laser,Vitrectomy.
- Treatment of any complication arising after surgery
How to confirm what you have got?
- Discharge summary
At the time of discharge, the patient gets the discharge and treatment summary, which mentions the name of surgeon, anesthesia, details of surgery and details (name and brand of the lens) implanted in the eye. Brakes down of the charges for each item are usually not provided.
Can you bring your own lens?
Most of the hospital gives a reasonably long list of Lens to choose. One can choose from the available options. Hospitals usually do not allow surgical implants and disposables from outside. It is because the hospital has to maintain a massive inventory of every disposable and lens in different sizes and numbers and often in multiple names as the backup. If a lens or any disposable gets damaged or contaminated while handling it during implantation, hospitals have various similar pieces in back up. It is not possible if patients bring a single piece from outside.
Moreover, surgeons often have the expertise and a certain comfort level with certain brands of the lens, which they implant daily. Most of the surgeons have severe reservations against trying a new lens, in that event of the stress of doing surgery. So they usually do not agree for this.
Brands of lens
All are more or less same
There are many different types of intra-ocular lenses available in India. Most surgeon/hospitals offer surgical packages based on Indian (cheap) and imported (expensive) lenses. The imported lens is costlier than their Indian counterpart and is preferred by both patients (rich) and doctors alike. There are no scientific studies which validate the difference in the quality of the two; this notion continues due to the common perception that imported goods are superior in quality.