The wait time data provided here are for scheduled tests, treatments and services only. Patients who require emergency care are not placed on a wait list.

Cataract Surgery

Cataract surgery is performed in the Prairie Mountain Health, Southern Health-Santé Sud and Winnipeg regional health authorities. Ask your surgeon where you are having your cataract surgery.

What is Cataract Surgery?

A cataract is a small cloudy area in the lens of the eye that blocks the passage of light to the retina.  Cataract surgery is the removal of the cataract and implantation of an artificial lens to correct vision loss.


Cataract Surgery Wait Times
Regional Health Authority
Facilities
Median Wait Time
(in weeks)
Prairie Mountain Health Brandon Regional Health Centre
7
Minnedosa Health Centre
6
Swan Valley Health Centre
N/S
Southern Health-Santé Sud Portage District General Hospital
18
Winnipeg Misericordia Health Centre
16
Western Surgery Centre
11
Data for August 2017

1 N/S = No service provided: This means that although available, none of these services were performed during this period in the RHA.

Information on this page reflects wait times for every patient awaiting cataract surgery in Manitoba whether they are waiting for surgery on the first eye or second eye. Wait times indicated here are median, which means they represent a mid-point; some wait times are longer than those indicated, while others are shorter.

Some factors that contribute to wait times:

  • there is generally a longer wait for surgery for the  first eye than there is for the second - the wait times on this page represent a median of both.
  • patient wait times vary by surgeon. If your condition or circumstances change while waiting for surgery, it may be advisable to contact your ophthalmologist to discuss your priority for surgery, or contact your optometrist or family physician to request a referral to an ophthalmologist with a shorter wait time.
Cataract Surgeries Performed
Regional Health Authority
Facilities
Number of surgeries performed
(per month)
2017/2018
Fiscal Year to Date1
2016/2017
Fiscal Year to Date1
Prairie Mountain Health Brandon Regional Health Centre
83
438
1,169
Minnedosa Health Centre
42
214
379
Swan Valley Health Centre
N/S
60
337
Southern Health-Santé Sud Portage District General Hospital
44
120
239
Winnipeg Misericordia Health Centre
866
3,953
9,062
Western Surgery Centre
131
682
1,456
Manitoba Total
1,166
5,467
12,642
Data for August 2017

1 Fiscal year is April to March.

2 N/S = No service provided: This means that although available, none of these services were performed during this period in the RHA.


Cataract Surgery Historical Information

Historical data for the previous 13 months is available by clicking the link below:

View the historical information here pdf