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Enjoying hobbies and pastimes can be a challenge with cataracts. Unfortunately, as time goes on, cataracts tend to only get worse.

Don't miss out on everyday pleasures, find out about cataract surgery at Benenden Hospital. You can also correct your eyesight at the same time as your cataract surgery with our range of specialist lenses, reducing or eliminating the need for glasses or contact lenses.

Our eye specialists can help

All services are delivered by leading, highly respected consultants and compassionate experienced teams, dedicated to providing you safe, effective treatment for clearer vision.

We provide fast access to diagnosis and treatments, so if you need help now, and want to avoid waiting times, discover the award-winning private hospital designed to make you feel better.

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Why Benenden Hospital ?

  • Our specialist eye consultants are supported by an expert team of eye healthcare professionals
  • Get fast track access to your initial consultation and procedure, with follow-up appointments scheduled to suit you
  • Rated Outstanding by the Care Quality Commission with 90% patient satisfaction and 0% MRSA infection
  • Special lens clinic where you will be assessed by an optometrist and consultant
  • Free parking

Success Story

The surgery was quick and painless and the results were immediate. I was nervous beforehand but the staff put me at ease and I didn't feel a thing.

Shirley,  Patient

What is cataract surgery?

Cataract surgery is one of the most commonly performed operations in the UK. Cataract surgery is a small operation used to treat eye cataracts, where cloudiness within the lens of the eye causes blurred or misty vision.

Why might I have cataract surgery?

When your vision affects your quality of life and prevents you doing things you’d like to do, surgery to remove the cataract may be recommended

What happens during cataract surgery?

The operation is usually carried out as day surgery so you’ll be able to return home on the day of the operation, although you won’t be able to drive yourself.

The operation takes around 30 minutes and will be carried out under a local anaesthetic, so you’ll be awake but you won’t be able to feel any pain. After the local anaesthetic has taken effect, your surgeon makes tiny cuts on the surface of your eye in order to remove the cloudy lens. The lens will usually be broken up using ultrasound waves, before it’s removed. The capsule the lens sat in is left behind; the new artificial lens will be placed in this capsule, where it will remain permanently.

After surgery, your eye is usually left without stitches, allowing it to heal naturally.

What should I expect after cataract surgery?

You may have some pain or discomfort after the operation which we’ll help you manage with painkillers. It may take several hours before you can feel your eye again properly, and it will probably be covered with a protective bandage.

We’ll discuss your aftercare and any follow-up appointments with you before you leave Benenden hospital. You may have eye-drops to prevent infection and to help control swelling in the eye.

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