What is cataract surgery?
Sometimes, the natural lens of the eye becomes clouded over time. This condition is known as a cataract. This problem may become permanent, and progressively worsen over time, leading to blindness. It may be corrected with cataract surgery, which involves the removal of the natural lens and replacing it with a synthetic one.
What countries are the most popular destinations for this procedure?
India, Turkey, Malaysia, Mexico, Singapore, and Jordan.
What is the range of prices (per eye)?
In the U.S., one can expect to pay around $3,500 per eye. The prices in the U.K., Malaysia and Singapore are similar.
$2,500 in Australia and Jordan,
$2,100 in Mexico,
$1,500 in India and Turkey.
What are the common complications if the procedure is performed abroad?
When performed in an ideal setting, serious complications from cataract surgery are very rare, but even then they can happen. These include infection, detachment of the retina (the colored part of the eye), pieces of the original lens not being completely removed, and progressive cloudiness of the natural capsule that contained the natural lens and now contains the artificial one. In addition, the new lens can be poorly positioned, either at the time of surgery, or due to shifting over time.
However, all of the above problems can be more common and more serious if the surgery took place in a less than ideal location, such as an overseas facility that lacks international accreditation or fails to meet accepted standards of hygiene, modernity, or professionalism.
A 2018 news story reported on a hospital in India in which at least 18 cataract surgery patients developed blindness-inducing eye infections, apparently from contaminated saline solution. Several months later, seven of the 18 had not yet regained their eyesight.