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Cataract surgery has no fixed formula to calculate a cost, but there are few rules which worth to be mentioned to help decide right place get operated. Having a relative getting operated is often a ‘once in a lifetime’ experience, and biggest question is how much is it going to cost. Am I been quoted a fair price or I am getting fooled.
- Cataract surgery packages : cost
- Surgical Methods
Cataract surgery packages : cost
- Corporate eye hospitals
25,000 - 1,50,000 INR
- Single surgeon private hospitals/clinics
Most of the cataract surgeons in India practice what they call as surgical packages for what they charge for doing cataract surgeries. It is mainly limited to uncomplicated age-related cataract done under without giving the general anesthesia.
Phaco-emulsification with posterior chamber lens implantation is preferred method.
FEMTO assisted cataract surgery
ROBOTIC CATATACT SURGERY
The most common surgical method for age-related cataract is Phaco-emulsification with posterior chamber lens implantation, commonly known as Phaco. It’s neither required nor possible in every patient. Certain conditions in a given patient may need other surgical methods. You should discuss with your doctor which surgery is best in your situation. You should never insist on a particular type of surgery with your doctor.
Brands and type of Lens
No difference in final vision after surgery.
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 but is preferred by both patients (wealthy) and doctors alike. There are no scientific studies which validate the difference in the quality of the two, and this notion continues due to the common perception that imported goods are superior in quality.
Indian Mono -focal foldable lens
Posterior chamber lens are commonly used, unless it is not possible to implant that lens in eye due to medical reasons. They rigid and fold-able. Fold-able lens are better. They are available by different brands, and place of manufacturing (Indian /imported). Often the imported lens are expensive. I could not find a single scientific report which says that visual gain after surgery has any relation with the brand or the place of manufacturing of lens.
An accredited eye hospital
There are no rule of thumb to identify a good hospital from the rest, but certain general guidelines may be followed.
- Prefer a hospital/ facility which accredited by some accreditation agencies like NABH in India.
- Dedicated eye hospitals have better developed facilities for eye care that an eye department in a multi-specialty hospital.
- A facility with multiple eye surgeon practicing different eye specialties has better services than single surgeon facility.
- If you have personal acquaintance with the reputed individual surgeon, that’s the best choice.