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What is cataract surgery?

Cataract surgery is a procedure that removes cataracts affecting your vision. During this surgery, the lens that has become cloudy is removed and replaced with a new artificial lens. 

Because cataracts build up gradually, cataract surgery is elective. Once cataracts have progressed to a point where they interfere with your everyday activities, it may be time for surgery. Cataracts may also be removed if you have other eye conditions challenging to evaluate because of cataracts. For example, cataracts make it difficult to see the back of the eye to monitor macular degeneration or diabetic retinopathy.

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* Savings estimate based on a study of more than 1 billion claims comparing self-pay (or cash pay) prices of a frequency-weighted market basket of procedures to insurer-negotiated rates for the same. Claims were collected between July 2017 and July 2019. R.Lawrence Van Horn, Arthur Laffer, Robert L.Metcalf. 2019. The Transformative Potential for Price Transparency in Healthcare: Benefits for Consumers and Providers. Health Management Policy and Innovation, Volume 4, Issue 3.

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Your actual costs may be higher or lower than these cost estimates. Check with your provider and health plan details to confirm the costs that you may be charged for a service or procedure.You are responsible for costs that are not covered and for getting any pre-authorizations or referrals required by your health plan. Neither payments nor benefits are guaranteed. Provider data, including price data, provided in part by Turquoise Health.

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