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Cataract surgery is one of the most common operations performed in the world, with a high success rate in improving your eyesight. Cataract means reduced transparency and hardening of the eye lens. Typically, people experience cataracts after 60 years of age.

Receiving eye cataract surgery in Turkey takes no more than five days. You will undergo a complete series of examinations and at least one post-operative check-up.

The Benefits of Choosing Cataract Surgery Turkey Clinic

Doctors Abroad Speak And Communicate In English. 

Some patients might hesitate to consider having the treatment abroad because of language or cultural barriers. But in medical tourism destinations like Turkey, Hungary, and Poland, doctors regularly serve international patients. They can communicate in good English.

Some doctors had their training abroad, which explains their good English proficiency. Also, their clinics have assistants who communicate in English.

The Procedure Is More Affordable Abroad.

The cost of health care in the US, UK, and Australia has been rising for the past few years. Medical procedures costs 40% - 50% less abroad.

You Can Access More Treatment Options. 

Traveling abroad for treatment will open other possibilities or introduce a better, more effective treatment.

Highly Skilled And Experienced Surgeons

The surgeons are highly experienced with years of practice. Their clinics are accredited by renowned institutions like Joint Commission International JCI or International Organization for Standardization ISO.

Reduced Waiting Time 

In some countries like the UK and USA, there is a waiting time for a specific procedure, which can take months. But in medical tourism countries, it is reduced drastically. In some cases, with no waiting time.

Easy Visa Process 

Medical tourism hubs like Turkey, Poland, and Hungary facilitate the visa process for international patients. In these destinations, the visa is obtained immediately via an online procedure that will only take you minutes to complete.

Assistance Before, During, and After Treatment

Medical tourism agencies will assist you before, during, and after treatment. It includes free doctor consultations and all necessary arrangements for medical travel such as airplane bookings, hotel arrangements, transport, plus guides on having a successful surgery.

Cataract Surgery Cost In Turkey

Lens replacement surgery in Turkey cost ranges from €2000 - €3500. But, some factors increase the cost of cataract surgery in Turkey, like the location of the clinics, the surgeon's experience, the technique used, and the type of treatment.

The Best Candidate For Lens Replacement In Turkey 

You're an ideal candidate for cataract surgery if you suffer from sight loss due to diagnosed cataracts affecting your daily activities.

The Next Steps If You Plan To Have Cataract Treatment In Turkey 

  • Choose a surgeon registered with an international governing body like the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery. Or any other reputable international board. 
  • Verify the surgeon's experience. Ask about the surgeon's education, additional fellowship training, cataract surgery reviews, and how often they performed the treatment. 
  • Schedule an online consultation. Most clinics or hospitals that work with international patients offer this service. 
  • Ask what's the follow-up steps after the surgery and aftercare procedure steps. 
  • Choose the right surgeon, do your due diligence, and enquire. 
  • Plan your trip well, and give yourself time to rest after the treatment. 

Once you decide on a clinic, we will plan and arrange an all-inclusive cataract eye surgery package that suits your personal preference. To ensure you get the best ophthalmologists in Turkey.  

Cataract Surgery Clinics(32 Clinics)

Luna Clinic Turkey
Istanbul, Turkey
Luna Clinic Turkey Verified
  • Preliminary and follow-up examination
  • 98% would recommend
  • 1000+ operations last year
  • Internationally trained surgeons
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Istanbul European Clinic
Istanbul, Turkey
Istanbul European Clinic Verified
  • 97% would recommend
  • Uses cutting-edge tech
  • Accredited by TSAPS (Turkish Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery)
  • Well-equipped staff
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Dunyagoz Etiler
Istanbul, Turkey
Dunyagoz Etiler Verified
  • Founded in 1996
  • Has 2,500 employees
  • 7 days, 24 hours service
  • Monitored by ISO 9001
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Memorial Atasehir Hospital
Istanbul, Turkey
Memorial Atasehir Hospital Verified
  • Accredited by JCI
  • Award-winning surgeons
  • High review rate
  • 7/24 working center
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Koç Healthcare Institutions
Istanbul, Turkey
Koç Healthcare Institutions Verified
  • Follows strict standards to deliver exceptional services
  • ISO 9001 Quality Management System
  • Founded in 1997
  • Internationally recognized surgeons
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Acibadem Maslak Hospital
Istanbul, Turkey
Acibadem Maslak Hospital Verified
  • 90% would recommend
  • ISO 9001:2008 and JCI accreditations
  • Leed Gold Certified
  • 231 patient rooms
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Memorial Antalya Hospital
Antalya, Turkey
Memorial Antalya Hospital Verified
  • Designed with modern medical technology
  • Uses the latest technology
  • Has 132 patient beds
  • Accredited by American College & JCI
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Dunyagoz Antalya
Antalya, Turkey
Dunyagoz Antalya Verified
  • Advanced post-op care system
  • High quality hygiene policy
  • 97% would recommend
  • Internationally trained surgeons
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Florence Nightingale Istanbul
Istanbul, Turkey
Florence Nightingale Istanbul Verified
  • Accredited by ISO, JCI and the TUV
  • Premium facility
  • Follows the latest treatment trends
  • 700 bed capacity
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Ethica Incirli Hospital
Istanbul, Turkey
Ethica Incirli Hospital Verified
  • Located in the heart of the city
  • Advanced post-op care system
  • High review rate
  • Accredited by TSAPS
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By Abdulaziz Ali - Medically reviewed by Prof. Akif Ozdamar, on Mar 30, 2024

What is Cataract Surgery?

Cataract surgery is a very common procedure used to treat cataract conditions, which refers to the clouding of the natural lens of the eye, often leading to a decrease in the patient's vision. Cataract, which can affect one eye or both, usually develops slowly, over a long period. Cataract symptoms include one or more of the following: 

  •  Blurry vision 
  •  Less vivid color vision
  •  Halos around light 
  •  Trouble seeing at night 

Patients suffering from cataracts have a problem, especially with reading, driving, and recognizing faces. Although most cataracts are related to aging, the condition is also linked to depression and an increased risk of accidents such as falling.

By age 80, more than half of all Americans have a cataract or have had cataract surgery, and cataract causes 50% of the world’s blindness. 

Cataracts can be caused by one or more of the following: 

  • Depression
  • Radiation 
  • Genetics 
  • Skin diseases 
  • Smoking 
  • Medications 

Other factors that can cause cataracts and ultimately lead to cataract surgery include: 

  • Diabetes 
  • Hypertension 
  • Poor nutrition 
  • High alcohol intake 

Although early cataract symptoms may be corrected by wearing glasses, many people require cataract surgery to regain their vision. They choose to undergo cataract surgery by evaluating various cost alternatives in (usually) private clinics where successful surgeons are involved. 

Cataract Surgery Recovery Time

You will experience complete recovery eight weeks after the cataract surgery. The ophthalmologists will arrange follow-up visits to ensure the eye is healing following the operation.

How is Cataract Procedure Performed?

Cataract surgery is a procedure that involves removing cloudy eye lenses and replacing them with artificial lenses to restore clear vision. This procedure is typically performed on an outpatient basis and does not require an overnight stay in a hospital. The surgeon will use a high-frequency ultrasound device that breaks the affected lens and gently removes it from the eye.

1. Taking the anesthesia

Your doctor will begin the treatment by placing eye drops in your eye to dilate the pupil. After this, you will then receive topical anesthesia to numb the area. Some patients are also given sedation to help them relax. Your doctor will decide what’s best for you.

2. Operation

After the anesthesia, the surgeon will make a small incision in your eye to remove the cataract. He/she will place a needle-thin probe emitting ultrasound energy to disintegrate the cataract. Once the cataract is emulsified, the next step will be to use soft suction to remove the cloudy lens.

After the cataract has been removed, the surgeon will implant an intraocular lens into the capsular bag that previously contained the cloudy lens. At this moment you won’t see or feel the new lens, and within a few weeks of surgery, your vision will be very clear.


What Should I Expect After Cataract Surgery?

  • You are not allowed to drive in the first two days after your surgery.
  • You should avoid lifting heavy objects, sneezing, vomiting, and being involved in strenuous activities during the recovery process.
  • To reduce the risk of infection, you should avoid swimming or using a hot tub in the first week after the cataract surgery.
  • It is important to protect the eye from any irritants such as dust, dirt, wind, and pollen during the first few weeks after surgery.
  • You should not rub your eyes.
  • You will have a pad and plastic shield over your eye when you leave the hospital, usually, you can self-remove it the following day.
  • The sensation will return after a few hours, but it may take a few days for the vision to fully return.
  • During the recovery, it's normal to have grittiness, watery eyes, blurred vision, double vision, a red or bloodshot eyes which are usually improved within a few days.

Cataract Treatment in Turkey Side Effects

  • Infections
  • Swelling
  • Bleeding
  • Vision loss or double vision
  • Drooping eyelid
  • Changes in eye pressure
  • Retinal detachment

Cataract Surgery Results

Most patients report a high satisfaction rate, and cataract surgery has a success rate of 90%.

How To Prepare For Cataract Surgery 

  • Stop Aspirin and other medications that might contain blood thinners weeks before the procedure.   
  • Do not smoke tobacco at least two weeks before the procedure
  • Use the antibiotic drops before the procedure to prevent an infection
  • Avoid alcohol and other drugs that might affect anesthesia

Quick Facts

Procedure  Cataract Surgery
Duration  15 - 30 minutes
Stay  1 - 2 nights
Cost in Turkey  €2000 - €3500
Anesthesia  Local anesthesia
Recovery  4 - 6 weeks
Final Results  8 weeks
Side Effects  Swelling, bleeding
Risks  Infections, changes in eye pressure, retinal detachment
Success Rate  90%
Exercise  After 1 - 2 weeks
Back To Work  After 3 days
Scars  No
Pain  Slight
Related Procedures  LASIK eye surgery


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is the average waiting time for cataract surgery?

Recent studies show the average waiting time for cataract surgery can span from ten weeks to four years, depending on the location you're planning to receive treatment.

Do you need glasses after cataract surgery?

Yes, you will need glasses to correct your vision and to compensate for what the lens can't provide.

What is the most common complication after cataract surgery?

Cystoid Macular Edema (CME) is the most frequent complication after uncomplicated cataract surgery. 

Is Cataract Surgery Painful?

You may feel pain or soreness after the procedure is done. However, your surgeon may prescribe painkillers to relieve this pain and discomfort.

Is Cataract Surgery Results Permanent?

Cataract surgery is a procedure performed to remove the natural lens in the eye since it causes blurry vision. This natural lens is replaced with a plastic, artificial lens and it is permanent, requires no care, and significantly improves vision.

At What Stage Should Cataracts Be Removed?

If there is blurred vision arising from a cataract which makes it a person to do any basic activity with the eyes, it is time to consider cataract surgery and visit an ophthalmologist.