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Cataract Surgery - pros and cons of options

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tk11 wrote:
Mar 8th, 2018 3:06 pm
Could you let me know what clinic/doctor you had?
Was quoted 2300 for each eye! I'm finding prices to be range wildly. Thanks.
Sorry for replying so late - I never received an RFD email notification of your post.

Re your quoted price - are you sure you are talking about caratact surgery not laser surgery?
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My elderly mother has a private cataract surgery cost of $1649 per eye for future price comparison as I tried to figure out if we were being ripped off or not... but a quick google seems to suggest it's kinda reasonable.
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Is your mother not covered by Canadian health insurance?
Why private?
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yes. my aunt is bed-ridden. private surgery is more comforting with a family member by her side. medical staff much nicer, OR cleaner.
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I'm not sure I even understand what you mean by "private surgery".
Is the cateract surgery not done in a hospital?
Staff might be nicer, although I had no complaints when I had mine done in Cornwall - staff was extremely nice.
And cleanliness sure wasn't an issue - I don't see how "private surgery" would be cleaner than a hospital.
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long waitlist at hospitals, funding issues restrict the operative number of patients, more people discovering they can ditch their glasses after cataract surgeires, privately done better refractive results.
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Are you speaking from experience?
None of what you posted matches my experience at all.
Where do you ever get that information from?
I waited for less than a month to get my surgery done, but that was because my Ophthalmologist was booked - nothing to do with the hospital.
In the hospital one is basically in and out in a few hours, and the operation itself just takes a few minutes - how can that create long waitlists?
My distance vision after surgery ended up at 20/20 - and you still need glasses for close-up work since the power of the lens is now essentially fixed.
Multi-focus lenses have their own problems and are not worth the money.
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where are you?
priority 4 patient's first eye specialist appointment, waited on average 83 days, should be seen within a target time 182 days.
priority 3 patient's ....81 days ... 90 days
priority 2 patient's ....96 days ... 30 days
hospitals with the most patients - surgical waitlist average 105 days (Brockville) to 261 days (Cornwall)
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My sister had to wait 6 months for her cataract surgery in SW Ontario
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I want everyone here to know that serious complications can arise from cataract lens replacement surgery. The mere fact that no one can provide answers to the complication that my father now suffers from lends me to believe that this procedure can be very risky. Had he known this complication was going to occur or even the risk of it happening had been known to him he never would of had it done. After 6 or 7 eye doctors ,specialists ,tests including an MRI and one more eye doctor again there are no answers. Its been more than 4 years since his surgery and he must spend most of his time indoors out of the bright sunlight or a bright overcast day. He has taken many prescriptions and eyedrops all to no avail. To go outside he has taken the strongest sun glasses he can find and glued 2 to 3 layers together to block out the brightness. He cant get more than a half day in before he must lay down in a dark room to alleviate the pain caused by the brightness.

No one knows what happened or why but he certainly wasnt this way before the catarac surgery. He and I have both been searching far and wide as to what may have gone wrong and hopefully find a fix.Eye doctors either dont know and wont admit it or do know and are hiding something. I doubt he is the only one that has had this happen to. If it happened to him it more than likely has or will happen to others.He can no longer drive himself around since the surgery as the brightness and strain give him severe headaches. He is so desparate for an answer even if it cant be fixed. I get so angry seeing the high success rate being used as an advertising ploy to convince others how safe it is. It is true it is highly successful but beware if complications arise they can be devastating. Your eye doctor wont have answers for you and you will be left to deal with it all by yourself. So think real hard if its worth the risk.My father has 20/20 vision but its completely useless since the surgery. That surgery was responsible for his condition now and it has reduced his quality of life substantialy.
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Hi,

Someone I know is dealing with eye catarac issues. Is it serious? Is it common? What should they do? I heard that it is better to go to a private doctor for help? Are there any good ones in GTA? Any tips appreciated.

Thank you.
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Soorma wrote:
Dec 13th, 2018 7:59 am
Hi,

Someone I know is dealing with eye catarac issues. Is it serious? Is it common? What should they do? I heard that it is better to go to a private doctor for help? Are there any good ones in GTA? Any tips appreciated.

Thank you.
His opthalmologist should have given him the options.
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trader08 wrote:
Sep 26th, 2018 1:12 pm
My elderly mother has a private cataract surgery cost of $1649 per eye for future price comparison as I tried to figure out if we were being ripped off or not... but a quick google seems to suggest it's kinda reasonable.
What kind of lenses did you get? $1649 sounds good. I have been quoted $3500/eye for multi focus lens
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Same price/eye for EDoF lens.
Just heard my neighbor's son surgey was covered by OHIP because of glaucoma.
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Dec 18th, 2018 5:30 pm
Same price/eye for EDoF lens.
Just heard my neighbor's son surgey was covered by OHIP because of glaucoma.
Suregery itself is covered by OHIP (if the doctor says you need surgery), upgraded lenses are not (at least in Ontario). You can choose the standard lens covered by OHIP and there will be no fee at all.

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