Let’s take a closer look at each factor that affects the cost of canine cataract surgery.
Your dog needs to be diagnosed before any surgical procedure is planned. You will need to visit your veterinarian’s office for an initial eye exam, preliminary diagnostic tests, and blood tests to evaluate your dog’s overall health.
Based on these results, you may be referred to a veterinary ophthalmologist, who will perform a self-examination of your eyes and may order electroretinography (ERG), an eye ultrasound, and comprehensive blood tests. According to Animal Eye Specialists, these initial procedures cost between $200 and $1,200.
The condition of each eye
Your final cost depends on whether your dog requires surgery on one or both eyes and whether you choose to have an intraocular lens (IOL) inserted. IOLs is often recommended to restore your dog’s vision as close to normal as possible. Dogs can still see without an IOL, but they will be farsighted, meaning distant objects will be clear but near objects will be blurred.
Surgery on one eye without an IOL costs significantly less than surgery on both eyes with an IOL in each eye. These costs can vary by veterinarian, but these are the averages according to Animal Eye Specialists
- Monocular (no IOL): $2,600
- Monocular (with IOL): $2,800
- Both eyes (no IOL): $3,400
- Both eyes (one IOL): $3,600
- Both eyes (two IOLs): $3,800
Postoperative evaluation and medication administration
After surgery, dogs will sometimes be hospitalized overnight for observation. Once home, your dog will need a cone collar or recovery collar ($10 to $35) to prevent him from scratching his eyes. They will also need antibiotics and eye drops, which may be needed for weeks, months, or indefinitely. A post-operative follow-up visit with a veterinary ophthalmologist may also be necessary to ensure successful surgery.
The cost of any vet visit, service or procedure depends on your local veterinarian’s fees. The higher the cost of living in your area, the more likely you are to have to pay for a veterinarian.