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Cataract surgery

If cataracts and blurred vision are affecting your quality of life, it’s time to consider surgery. Book online today.

If cataracts and blurred vision are affecting your quality of life, it’s time to consider surgery.

At BMI we perform thousands of cataract operations each year. Our specialist consultants offer fast diagnosis and will create a bespoke treatment plan based on your individual needs.

We offer two flexible payment options, meaning you can spread the cost over a period that suits you, from as little as £43.51 per eye over 60 months (5 years).*

What is a cataract?

A cataract is when the natural lens in your eye becomes cloudy. The most common cause is simply getting older. You might find you have blurred vision or changes in the focus of your eye.

If you have cataracts, new glasses may help to some extent. However, if the cataract is too advanced, surgery is the only option to restore your vision.

What does the operation involve?

Cataract surgery normally takes between 20 and 30 minutes. It involves removing the affected lens and replacing it with a new, artificial lens.

Most cataract operations are performed under local anaesthetic, though other options are available. Your consultant will discuss the best option for you.

Your surgeon will usually break the cloudy lens into small pieces using ultrasound (sound waves) and remove it through a small cut in your eye. The new lens will then be inserted in its place.

What complications can happen?

Cataract surgery is one of the most common operations performed in the UK and has a very high success rate.

However, as with any operation, complications can arise.

General complications of any operation include:

  • Pain
  • Bleeding
  • Infection

Specific complications of this operation include:

  • Tear in the bag which holds the lens in place
  • Severe bleeding
  • Clouding of the bag
  • Retinal detachment
  • Inflammation in the other eye

The risks of serious complications from cataract surgery are very low.

How soon will I recover?

You should be able to go home a few hours after your operation.

Before you go home, our team will give you advice on how to look after your eye as it heals.

You’ll need to take it easy for the first few days. After that you can start getting back to normal, though you will have to avoid strenuous activities for a few weeks.

You’ll then need to go to your optician for an eye test three to six weeks after your operation as you will probably need new glasses.

Most people recover well from cataract surgery and see a marked improvement in their vision.

How much does it cost?

Cataract removal starts from £2,073 (exclusive of the initial Consultation fee)*. What you pay will depend on the type of surgery you need and what implant you have. Further pricing information can be found further down the page.

The prices below are just a guide; your final price will be confirmed in writing following your consultation and diagnosis.

Ways to pay

At BMI, we offer two flexible finance options that allow you to spread the cost of treatment over a year or more.

A fixed-term loan from Chrysalis Finance offers interest-free credit for 12 months or longer terms at 9.9%APR, allowing you to pay in monthly instalments over a time period to suit you.

For cataract surgery, you could pay as little as £43.51 per eye over 60 months (5 years).*

We also have a BMI credit card, which offers interest-free credit for the first 12 months. There’s no sign-up or annual charge.

If you have private medical insurance, most policies will cover the cost of surgery, so do speak to your provider.

Please be aware that the following prices are a guide price. Your final price will be confirmed in writing following your consultation and any necessary diagnostic tests.

Cataract removal & lens implant - both eyes

Patient pathway Initial consultation Diagnostic Investigations Main treatment Post discharge care Total
Hospital fees N/A Included £4,512 Included £4,512
Consultants fees £200 N/A Included Included £200
Total £4,712

Cataract removal - one eye (implant band 1 (local anaesthetic))

Patient pathway Initial consultation Diagnostic Investigations Main treatment Post discharge care Total
Hospital fees N/A Included £2,119 Included £2,119
Consultants fees £200 N/A Included Included £200
Total £2,319

Cataract removal - one eye (implant band 2 (local anaesthetic))

Patient pathway Initial consultation Diagnostic Investigations Main treatment Post discharge care Total
Hospital fees N/A Included £2,452 Included £2,452
Consultants fees £200 N/A Included Included £200
Total £2,652

Cataract removal - one eye (implant band 3 (local anaesthetic))

Patient pathway Initial consultation Diagnostic Investigations Main treatment Post discharge care Total
Hospital fees N/A Included £2,895 Included £2,895
Consultants fees £200 N/A Included Included £200
Total £3,095

Lens implant to eye

Patient pathway Initial consultation Diagnostic Investigations Main treatment Post discharge care Total
Hospital fees N/A Included £3,316 Included £3,316
Consultants fees £200 N/A Included Included £200
Total £3,516

Vitrectomy of eye

Patient pathway Initial consultation Diagnostic Investigations Main treatment Post discharge care Total
Hospital fees N/A Included £5,563 Included £5,563
Consultants fees £200 N/A Included Included £200
Total £5,763

Specialists Offering Cataract surgery

Mr Ranjit Nair

Consultant Ophthalmologist

MBBS, DO, DipNB, FRCS Ed

BMI The Droitwich Spa Hospital

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Mr Usama Faridi

Consultant Ophthalmologist

MBBS, FRCS-Ophthalmology, Glaucoma Fellowship

BMI The Winterbourne Hospital

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Mr Hiten Sheth

Consultant Ophthalmologist and Cataract Surgeon

BSc (Hons), MBBS, FRCOphth

BMI The Chiltern Hospital

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Professor Peter Shah

Consultant Ophthalmologist

BSc (Hons), MB ChB, FRCOphth, FRCP Edin, MA Distinction

BMI The Priory Hospital

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Mr Srinivas Goverdhan

Consultant Ophthlamic Surgeon

MD, PhD (Soton), FRCS (Edin), FRCOphth (Lon)

BMI The Winterbourne Hospital

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Mr Ash Sharma

Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon

Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery

BMI The Priory Hospital

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Ways to pay

credit card

Pay for yourself

Pay for yourself with our fixed price packages. This includes your pre-assessment, treatment, follow-ups and 6 months' aftercare

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insurance

Pay with health insurance

We are widely recognised by health insurers. Ask your insurer about your cover and for an insurer pre-authorisation code

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direct debit

Spread the cost

Pay for yourself with the BMI card and spread the cost over 12 months, interest-free (terms and conditions apply)

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