Vision Restoration

Cataract Surgery

Cataract surgery is performed both at Western Memorial Regional Hospital and Sir Thomas Roddick Hospital.   There are generally over 450 cataract surgeries performed in total each year.  You may request to have your cataract surgery performed at either hospital.

Wait times for Cataract surgery are being monitored by each regional health authority in the province and reported four times per year to the Department of Health and Community Services.   A target of 112 days has been set down by Health Canada as a reasonable length of time a patient in Canada should wait for non-urgent cataract surgery. Wait times reported are for the first eye and second eye requiring cataract surgery.

See Provincial Wait Times for 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.

Wait Times for Cataract Surgery

Western Health  (Median Wait Times)


86 Days

Benchmark Met *


Total Performed Q2 2022-2023*


Median Wait Time as of September 30th, 2022

* Indicates the percentage of cases completed within the benchmark of 112 days

* Does not include the cases completed in designated facilities