How Much Does Cataract Surgery Cost?

How Much Does Cataract Surgery Cost?

What Does Cataract Surgery Cost?

It’s hard to live a normal life if you can’t see well. And often the solution, such as cataract surgery, is straightforward, but expensive.  

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Every case is unique, and the cost of each cataract surgery depends on many factors, including the type of lens implant (IOL) you need, the surgeon, and which technology is used during your procedure.  In Southern California a rough estimate of the cost is between $4500 and $6000 per eye.

Most cataract surgeries are at least partly covered by Medicare or private medical insurance but usually not all costs are covered.  For example, according to, some of the costs you might need to pay, or partially pay include: 

  • An EKG to determine your heart health before you undergo a cataract procedure.
  • A comprehensive eye exam, including precise measurements of your eye’s refractive errors.
  • Charges related to anesthesia personnel such as an anesthesiologist or nurse anesthetist.
  • Standard prescription eyeglasses, if needed, to enhance vision after you’ve had surgery.
  • Any follow-up procedures or medical care due to cataract surgery complications outside a standard 90-day period designated for postoperative care.
  • Co-pays and deductibles (check with your insurance provider).

Even with Medicare and private insurance, out-of-pocket expenses (not covered by Medicare or private insurance) may be costly. If you have insurance, whether private or Medicare it’s important to ask your insurance provider the right questions so you’ll know what your out of pocket expenses are going to be.   

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LSH funds critically needed treatment to help restore sight for people in our CA Service Area who lack the income and/or don’t have adequate insurance coverage. 

LSH might be able to help with the cost of your eye surgery/procedure.

To find out if you qualify go to How Do I Qualify or call 1-800-647-6638.

Our staff is happy to provide guidance through the process.

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