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Cataract Surgery - Zürich

Hello All,

I realised I openned the third thread regarding cataract because I need some advice regarding clinic and eye surgent in Zürich.

My husband will need to be operated from one eye and we have the option to do the operation in our home country. Obviously we will pay it from our pocket. But it will cost less compared to here. I know compulsory insurance covers 90% if the operation is done in CH. We have supplementary insurance but I guess this is not related to that. We have been told that compulsory (basic) insurance does not cover some premium lenses and laser technique which is used to do a more precise cut in the eye to replace the lense.
I have the following questions:

1-Does anyone have a recent experience as to what is not covered by the insurance?
2- Would you advice to go to another country considering the post operation activities?
3- Any experience with Augenklinik within Hirslanden Seefeld or any other advice as to ethical and successful surgent?

thanks in advance
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Old 12.11.2019, 22:25
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Re: Cataract Surgery - Zürich

Be careful with eyes, I would go to London but not many other places. Skill of surgeon is key.

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Hello All,

I realised I openned the third thread regarding cataract because I need some advice regarding clinic and eye surgent in Zürich.

My husband will need to be operated from one eye and we have the option to do the operation in our home country. Obviously we will pay it from our pocket. But it will cost less compared to here. I know compulsory insurance covers 90% if the operation is done in CH. We have supplementary insurance but I guess this is not related to that. We have been told that compulsory (basic) insurance does not cover some premium lenses and laser technique which is used to do a more precise cut in the eye to replace the lense.
I have the following questions:

1-Does anyone have a recent experience as to what is not covered by the insurance?
2- Would you advice to go to another country considering the post operation activities?
3- Any experience with Augenklinik within Hirslanden Seefeld or any other advice as to ethical and successful surgent?

thanks in advance
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Re: Cataract Surgery - Zürich

My husband’s had retinal tear/detachment in both eyes, and cataract repair. There are lots of good doctors here, but if you don’t have vision coverage, insurance won’t pay much for lenses themselves. All the surgery is covered. Most of my husband’s work was done in Bern at the Lindenhof, and he’s thinking about going to Uni Zurich for the next round of stuff - he needs another lens replacement in one eye.

So we’ve had good experiences with surgery, just haven’t used that clinic.
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2- Would you advice to go to another country ...
No.
If at all possible, I'd say it is best to have the surgery near where you live, in the same/nearest city. Or - if there is a particular medical reason to get the work done by a certain specialist in that field, then in another city within no more than an hour or a few hours by train from where you live.

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Re: Cataract Surgery - Zürich

Here's a Beobachter article from 2018 discussing what the standard insurance does, and does not, pay for:
https://www.beobachter.ch/geld/krank...e-krankenkasse

And two from SRF 'Espresso':
https://www.srf.ch/sendungen/kassens...rden-verguetet

https://www.srf.ch/news/panorama/teu...s-grauen-stars

And an interesting discussion of how recent changes to the tariff system for cateract operations have affected providers, and thus patients:
https://www.luzernerzeitung.ch/zentr...chten-ld.92584

Primary take-away from all of the above:

Get a cost estimate from your doctor, and speak with the KK well in advance to clarify what exactly you can expect them to cover.


Wishing you all the best... from one who is putting off the op as long as I can.
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Re: Cataract Surgery - Zürich

I had both eyes done at the beginning of the year with about 4 weeks between each eye. This was done locally and I followed the instructions to the letter. From going in to coming out it took half an hour each time. It has taken some time for my brain to adjust to the new situation. I do (so to speak) read with my left eye and drive with my right. I no longer need glasses to drive but am helped by having glasses to read. Initially it was quite startling just how bright the world was. I do however need to wear sunglasses if it gets too bright to avoid watering and smarting.


The whole procedure cost the KK about Sfr.7000. However at my age I don't need anything special so chose bog standard lenses which prove to be quite adequate for my needs.


I was slightly worried about the procedure as I have a dry macular degeneration in the right eye but this hasn't been affected and has stayed stable.

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Re: Cataract Surgery - Zürich

Out of curiosity, how unpleasant is the procedure?
I hope I'm years away from needing it but the fact I find the glaucoma air test uncomfortable has me dreading a cataract procedure.
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Re: Cataract Surgery - Zürich

I will look at those links. Thank you very much.

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Here's a Beobachter article from 2018 discussing what the standard insurance does, and does not, pay for:
https://www.beobachter.ch/geld/krank...e-krankenkasse

And two from SRF 'Espresso':
https://www.srf.ch/sendungen/kassens...rden-verguetet

https://www.srf.ch/news/panorama/teu...s-grauen-stars

And an interesting discussion of how recent changes to the tariff system for cateract operations have affected providers, and thus patients:
https://www.luzernerzeitung.ch/zentr...chten-ld.92584

Primary take-away from all of the above:

Get a cost estimate from your doctor, and speak with the KK well in advance to clarify what exactly you can expect them to cover.


Wishing you all the best... from one who is putting off the op as long as I can.
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Out of curiosity, how unpleasant is the procedure?
I hope I'm years away from needing it but the fact I find the glaucoma air test uncomfortable has me dreading a cataract procedure.
It really is no worse that a filling at the dentist from a pain point of view . The eye is numbed and held in place so there really is not much to do but lie back and let it happen. What did freak me out though was the removal and replacement of the lens. I went from poor sight, to just a kaleidoscope of colour to suddenly a much clear vision and then complete darkness as they put on the eye patch....
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