Cataract Surgery in Thailand

Cataract surgery is a procedure to remove the lens of your eye and, in most cases, replace it with an artificial lens. It's a common and generally safe procedure that is used to treat cataracts, where the lens in your eye becomes cloudy and affects your vision. Thailand is known for its advanced healthcare system and ophthalmology departments, making it an attractive destination for international patients seeking affordable and high-quality cataract surgery.

Length of Surgery
±1 hour
Time at Destination
3-7 days
Hospital Department
Eye clinic
Type of Anesthesia
Local anesthesia
Cost of Surgery
$1,200 - $1,800 (USD) per eye

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Please note that the prices provided are estimations and may vary based on various factors. Additionally, these prices do not include flights or accommodation.

All prices are in USD.

Understanding Cataract Surgery

Cataract surgery is a transformative procedure that restores vision clouded by cataracts. This condition, characterized by the clouding of the eye's natural lens, often leads to blurred vision and difficulty with daily activities. The procedure involves the removal of the natural lens of the eye that has developed a cataract and replacing it with a clear, artificial lens. Despite being a surgical procedure, it is generally safe and is performed by experienced surgeons using local anesthesia.

Cataract stages

The stages of cataracts are typically classified as follows:

  1. Early stage: In the early stage, the cataract may begin to form, causing slight cloudiness or blurriness in vision. Visual symptoms may not be very pronounced at this stage, and individuals may not even be aware that they have a cataract.
  2. Immature stage: As the cataract progresses, it enters the immature stage. Vision becomes increasingly blurred, and the cataract may start to interfere with daily activities such as reading or driving.
  3. Mature stage: In the mature stage, the cataract has fully developed, and vision is significantly impaired. Objects may appear very blurry or distorted, and there may be a noticeable decrease in visual acuity.
  4. Hypermature stage: If left untreated, a mature cataract may eventually progress to the hypermature stage. At this point, the cataract may cause additional complications such as inflammation or swelling in the eye, and vision may be severely compromised.

Types of Lenses

Monofocal Lens: Ideal for distance vision, requiring reading glasses for up-close tasks.

  • Pros: Excellent for distance vision, cost-effective.
  • Cons: Dependency on glasses for near tasks.

Multifocal Lens: Offers a range of vision from near to far.

  • Pros: Reduced reliance on glasses.
  • Cons: May experience halos around lights.

Toric Lens: Tailored for patients with astigmatism.

  • Pros: Corrects astigmatism, sharpens focus.
  • Cons: Slightly higher cost.

Trifocal and Bifocal Toric Lens: The best of both worlds, correcting astigmatism and providing a full range of vision.

  • Pros: Broad vision range, astigmatism correction.
  • Cons: Higher cost, potential for light halos.

Preparing for Cataract Surgery

Preparation for cataract surgery involves a series of eye examinations to determine the shape and size of your eye. These tests will assist the surgeon in choosing the best artificial lens for you. You may be instructed to fast overnight or in the morning of the surgery, and it is essential to arrange for someone to accompany you since you won't be able to drive immediately after the procedure.

The Procedure and Recovery

During the cataract surgery, your eye surgeon will make a small incision in the eye to remove the cloudy lens and replace it with an artificial one. This is usually done under local anesthesia and does not require an overnight stay in the hospital.

Recovery after cataract surgery is generally quick. Most people notice an improvement in their vision almost immediately, although complete healing could take about a month. Aftercare includes using prescribed eye drops to prevent infection and control eye pressure, avoiding strenuous activities, and wearing an eye shield while sleeping. Regular follow-up appointments will be necessary to ensure your eye is healing correctly.

The Costs of Cataract Surgery

The cost of cataract surgery in Thailand can range between $1,200 to $1,800 USD per eye depending on the type of lens you choose.

Cost indication per lens type:

  • Mono-focal lens: 60-80.000 Thai baht
  • Mono-focal toric lens: 80-90.000 Thai baht
  • Multi-focal: 100.000 Thai baht and up
  • Multi-toric: 130.000 Thai baht and up

Note that these costs are per eye and the conversion rate to your home currency may vary day by day

It's important to note that these costs can vary depending on the specific hospital, surgeon, and whether additional treatments or procedures are required. These costs do not include travel and accommodation expenses.

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Best Hospitals for Cataract Surgery in Thailand

Bumrungrad International Hospital
Bumrungrad International Hospital

Bumrungrad was founded in 1980 and is Southeast Asia's largest private hospital. It is one of the world's most popular medical tourism destinations, treating over 1.1 million patients annually of which many are overseas patients. Bumrungrad was the first hospital in Asia to receive JCI accreditation and has since received awards from numerous other agencies for its medical services.

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Praram 9 Hospital
Praram 9 Hospital

Praram 9 Hospital in Bangkok stands as a premier medical facility, known for its state-of-the-art equipment and dedicated team of professionals. Offering a wide range of medical services, it is particularly recognized for its excellence in specialized treatments and surgeries. With a focus on patient-centered care, it remains a top choice for both locals and international patients

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MedPark Hospital
MedPark Hospital

MedPark Hospital is a state-of-the-art healthcare facility that opened in 2020. With a spacious 90,000 square meter building and over 30 departments, the hospital is equipped to handle a wide range of patient needs. It has 550 beds for inpatients and 300 examination rooms, all outfitted with advanced medical equipment to provide the highest quality of care.

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Rutnin Eye Hospital
Rutnin Eye Hospital

Rutnin Eye Hospital in Bangkok is a leading center for ophthalmology in Asia, renowned for its advanced technology and highly skilled medical team. It offers comprehensive eye care services, including complex procedures and surgeries. Its commitment to patient safety, quality care, and innovation makes it a top choice for eye health needs.

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Common Questions

How much does cataract surgery cost in Thailand?

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The cost of cataract surgery in Thailand ranges from $1,200 to $1,800 per eye depending on the type of lens used in the procedure.

Is cataract surgery painful?

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Cataract surgery is generally not painful, as local anesthesia is used during the procedure. Some discomfort can be experienced during the recovery period, but this is usually manageable with over-the-counter pain medication.

How long do I need to stay in Thailand for cataract surgery?

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While the surgery itself does not require an overnight stay, it's generally recommended to stay in Thailand for 3-7 days to allow for initial recovery and follow-up consultations.

When can I fly home after cataract surgery in Thailand?

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Patients can typically fly home after one week following cataract surgery. However, it's always best to consult with your surgeon before making travel arrangements.

Is it safe to do Cataract Surgery in Thailand?

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Thailand has some of the best hospitals and medical facilities in the world, with highly skilled doctors and state-of-the-art technology. These facilities are accredited by international organizations, such as the Joint Commission International, ensuring that they meet global healthcare standards.

Konkai only works with accredited facilities to ensure that our clients receive safe, effective, and reliable medical care. We have done extensive research and vetting to ensure that the hospitals and clinics we work with provide the highest quality of care and meet the same standards as medical facilities in developed countries. We prioritize your well-being and only recommend medical facilities that we would trust to provide care to our own loved ones.

Does my insurance cover Cataract Surgery in Thailand?

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Whether medical insurance covers Cataract Surgery in Thailand or not depends on the individual policy. Some policies cover the procedure, while others may not. It's important to check with your insurance provider to find out if Cataract Surgery is covered and if there are any restrictions or limitations on coverage for medical procedures performed outside of your home country.

Some policies may require pre-authorization or pre-approval for medical procedures performed outside of your home country.

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