January 17, 2024

Cataract surgery is a common procedure used to remove the lens of one or both affected eyes and replace them with artificial lenses, also called intraocular lenses or IOL. This procedure removes an eye condition known as cataract, in which one or both eyes become cloudy or foggy, affecting vision and clarity. An ophthalmologist, eye surgeon, or doctor performs eye cataract surgery. It is considered a safe and effective procedure, especially performed in people over the age of 60.

There are mainly three types of cataract surgery, including:

  • Phacoemulsification
  • Laser cataract surgery
  • Manual minor incision cataract surgery

What are the Primary Methods of Performing Cataract Surgery?

Micro-Incision Cataract Surgery
It is the more prevalent approach, involving the creation of a small incision in the cornea. A miniature surgical probe is inserted through this incision, utilizing ultrasound waves to break down the cataract lens into small fragments, which are then extracted. Following removing the impaired lens, a new artificial lens is introduced to take its place.

Extracapsular Surgery
In this approach, the surgeon entails a larger incision in the cornea, facilitating the extraction of the entire cloudy core of the lens as a single piece. The remaining portions of the lens are then suctioned out. Surgeons may opt for extracapsular surgery in situations where financial considerations significantly influence the decision-making process.

What is the Cost of Cataract Surgery in Nigeria?

Cataract surgery is becoming increasingly popular in Nigeria as more people look forward to improving their vision. The surgery cost can vary depending on city to city, the type of procedure, the surgeon, and the facilities where the surgery will be performed.

While treatment for cataracts at a competent eye hospital in Nigeria can cost anywhere between 200,000 Naira to 10,00,000 Naira.

Factors Influencing the Cost of Cataract Surgery

Various elements contribute to the overall cost of cataract surgery, including:

  • City: The location where you choose to undergo cataract surgery significantly determines the cost. Opting for surgery in metropolitan areas may result in higher expenses than in tier 2 or 3 cities.
  • Type of IOL Used: The choice of intraocular lens (IOL) for placement in the eye(s) can vary, with different lenses offering distinct benefits, impacting the overall cost of the procedure.
  • One or Both Eyes Treated: The diagnosis and consultation process may reveal cataracts in both eyes or uneven progression between eyes. Treating one or both eyes can influence the cost of laser cataract surgery.
  • Insurance Coverage: The extent of insurance coverage directly affects the patient’s out-of-pocket expenses. Different insurance policies may provide partial or complete coverage for cataract surgery, reducing the financial burden on the patient.
  • Preoperative Tests and Diagnosis: The nature and number of diagnostic tests recommended after consultation with an ophthalmologist can contribute to the overall cost of cataract surgery.
  • Consultation Fees: Experienced and renowned doctors may charge higher consultation fees. However, some practicing or retired ophthalmologists may offer free consultations and treatment, lowering the overall cost of cataract treatment in specific cities.
  • Cost of Living: The cost of living, particularly in tier 1 cities, can impact the overall cost of cataract surgery. This is particularly relevant for individuals who travel interstate for treatment.

What is the Recovery Time After Cataract Surgery?

Recovery from cataract surgery is typically swift and uncomplicated, assuming no major eye issues exist. The entire procedure lasts approximately 10 to 15 minutes, and it is recommended to rest for about an hour afterward. The likelihood of achieving improved vision post-surgery is high. Protective glasses will be provided for you to wear for a few days, safeguarding your eyes from bright light and dust.

It is common for your vision to be unclear or hazy initially, as your eyes require time to adjust to the new lens. Temporary redness in the eyes may occur due to minor damage to blood vessels, a normal aspect of the healing process that typically resolves within a few days. While some people may experience clear vision within hours after the surgery, the timeline for the healing process varies from person to person. These side effects usually improve in some days, but it can take 5 to 6 weeks to recover completely.

Cataract Surgery Aftercare Instructions

To ensure a safe and speedy recovery following cataract surgery, adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Refrain from driving on the first day after the surgery.
  • Avoid weight lifting and strenuous activities for a few weeks.
  • Exercise caution when bending over immediately after the surgery to prevent placing excessive pressure on your eye.
  • Be mindful when moving around and take precautions to avoid accidental collisions with objects.
  • Avoid swimming or using a bathtub during the first week to minimize the risk of infection.
  • Take extra precautions to shield your eye from water, dust, and wind during the initial week after the procedure.
  • Resist the urge to rub your eyes.

The Bottom Line

For an accurate estimate of the cost of cataract eye surgery in Nigeria, feel free to reach out to us directly at Skipper Eye-Q. Schedule a consultation with some of the leading ophthalmologists, ensuring you receive top-notch quality for your cataract eye surgery through your preferred mode of treatment for cataracts.

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