What is cataract surgery?

Cataract surgery is a small operation to remove the cloudy lens and replace it with an artificial plastic lens (an intraocular implant), giving you clearer eyesight again. It’s one of the most commonly performed operations in the UK.

We're one of the biggest providers of private cataract surgery and eye treatments in the south east of England, performing thousands of operations each year. You’ll be treated in our ultra-clean and safe, specialist Eye Unit by Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeons and an experienced clinical team who have an excellent reputation with local GPs and Opticians.

How much does cataract surgery cost?

Standard monofocal lens: our guide price is from £2,250 per eye

Get in touch using our online quotation form or call our Private Patient Team now on 01580 363158 for more details of the costs of cataract surgery.

I have a question about private cataract surgery

What are cataracts?

Cataract refers to the clouding of the lens of your eye. As you get older you may notice that your vision may gradually become cloudier as cataracts develop, making it harder to see clearly. Lights can seem to glare, and you may notice that colours look different.

Why might I have private cataract surgery?

When your vision affects your quality of life and prevents you doing things you love, your GP or Optician may recommend cataract removal surgery. You can also choose to have corrective lens replacement surgery.

What are my lens replacement surgery options?

You can choose from a range of advanced lenses, which will correct your eyesight at the same time as removing your cataract. Your Consultant will help you decide which lens replacement surgery would best suit your lifestyle.

Standard lenses

The standard artificial lens is monofocal. This provides one focal point, so you can choose to have either clear distance vision or the near vision needed for reading, using a mobile phone, looking at a watch or choosing from a menu. If you opt for this lens, you'll need reading glasses or distance glasses after your cataract surgery.

We'll also check your eyes for astigmatism; if these are present (and significant) you may need to continue to wear glasses at all times after cataract surgery, unless you opt for the Toric lens option.

Multifocal lenses

If you’d like to be assessed for multifocal lenses as part of your cataract treatment, you’ll need to attend a special lens clinic with an Optometrist and a Consultant, who’ll perform a few tests to determine your suitability.

These lenses provide clear vision plus a full range of vision - distance, intermediate and near. You’re less likely to need glasses after this cataract treatment, if at all. There are some compromises with these lenses, which will be discussed at your consultation.

Toric lens for astigmatism

Toric lenses correct astigmatism and are available as a monofocal or multifocal lens.

Find out more about your options from our cataract surgery brochure (also available in high resolution).

What happens during a cataract surgery procedure?

You’ll be treated in our safe, comfortable and modern Eye Unit. The cataract removal is 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 will make 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 and the new artificial lens will be placed in this capsule, where it will remain permanently.

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

What should I expect after cataract surgery?

We have the time and space to care and our experienced team will talk you through your recovery after private cataract surgery.

You may have some mild pain or discomfort after the cataract removal which we’ll help you manage with simple painkillers. It may take several hours before the local anaesthetic wears off and you can start to feel your eye properly again, and it’ll probably be covered with a protective bandage. You may have eye drops to help prevent infection and to control swelling in the eye.

We’ll discuss your aftercare and any follow-up appointments with you before you leave the hospital.

Cataract surgery success stories

Shirley Davis' successful cataract surgery
John Hobbins' successful cataract surgery
Successful cataract surgery for Susan Pinks
Successful cataract surgery for Neeta Patel

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