Cataract surgery

What is a cataract?

A cataract is clouding of the natural lens in your eye usually caused by ageing. A cataract causes blurred vision or changes the focus of your eye. (see fig.1).

Cataract surgery 

What are the benefits of surgery?

If the operation is successful, your vision should improve.

Are there any alternatives to surgery?

New glasses may improve your vision 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 is usually performed under a local anaesthetic. However, a variety of anaesthetic techniques are possible. The operation usually takes between twenty and thirty minutes.

Surgery involves removing the cataract and replacing it with an artificial lens implant. Your surgeon will usually break the cataract into small pieces using ultrasound (sound waves) and then remove it from your eye through a small cut.

They will then insert the lens implant behind the iris in the same bag (or capsule) that held the natural lens in place.

What complications can happen?

1. General complications of any operation

  • Pain
  • Bleeding
  • Infection

2. Specific complications of this operation

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

How soon will I recover?

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

You should go to your optometrist (optician) for an eye test three to six weeks after your operation as you will usually need new glasses.

Regular exercise should help you to return to normal activities as soon as possible. Before you start exercising, you should ask a member of the healthcare team or your GP for advice.

Most people make a good recovery with improved vision.

Summary

A cataract is a common problem where the natural lens of your eye becomes cloudy. Cataract surgery should improve your vision.

Paying for your operation

Cataract surgery (phacoemulsification) costs are covered by most medical insurance policies, but please check with your insurer first. If you are paying for your own treatment the cost of the procedure will be explained and confirmed in writing when you book the procedure. Ask the hospital for a quote beforehand, and ensure that this includes the surgeon’s fee, the anaesthetist’s fee and the hospital charge for your procedure.

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Pricing

Cataract removal & lens implant - both eyes

Patient pathway Initial consultation Diagnostic investigations Main treatment Post discharge care Total
Hospital fees N/A Included £4,243 Included £4,243
Consultants fees £200 N/A Included Included £200
Total £4,443
Initial consultation
Hospital fees N/A
Consultants fees £200
Diagnostic investigations
Hospital fees Included
Consultants fees N/A
Main treatment
Hospital fees £4,243
Consultants fees Included
Post discharge care
Hospital fees Included
Consultants fees Included
Total £4,443

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 £2,013 Included £2,013
Consultants fees £200 N/A Included Included £200
Total £2,213
Initial consultation
Hospital fees N/A
Consultants fees £200
Diagnostic investigations
Hospital fees Included
Consultants fees N/A
Main treatment
Hospital fees £2,013
Consultants fees Included
Post discharge care
Hospital fees Included
Consultants fees Included
Total £2,213

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 £2,338 Included £2,338
Consultants fees £200 N/A Included Included £200
Total £2,538
Initial consultation
Hospital fees N/A
Consultants fees £200
Diagnostic investigations
Hospital fees Included
Consultants fees N/A
Main treatment
Hospital fees £2,338
Consultants fees Included
Post discharge care
Hospital fees Included
Consultants fees Included
Total £2,538

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 £2,769 Included £2,790
Consultants fees £200 N/A Included Included £200
Total £2,969
Initial consultation
Hospital fees N/A
Consultants fees £200
Diagnostic investigations
Hospital fees Included
Consultants fees N/A
Main treatment
Hospital fees £2,769
Consultants fees Included
Post discharge care
Hospital fees Included
Consultants fees Included
Total £2,969

Lens implant to eye

Patient pathway Initial consultation Diagnostic investigations Main treatment Post discharge care Total
Hospital fees N/A Included £3,087 Included £3,087
Consultants fees £200 N/A Included Included £200
Total £3,287
Initial consultation
Hospital fees N/A
Consultants fees £200
Diagnostic investigations
Hospital fees Included
Consultants fees N/A
Main treatment
Hospital fees £3,087
Consultants fees Included
Post discharge care
Hospital fees Included
Consultants fees Included
Total £3,287

Vitrectomy of eye

Patient pathway Initial consultation Diagnostic investigations Main treatment Post discharge care Total
Hospital fees N/A Included £5,192 Included £5,192
Consultants fees £200 N/A Included Included £200
Total £5,392
Initial consultation
Hospital fees N/A
Consultants fees £200
Diagnostic investigations
Hospital fees Included
Consultants fees N/A
Main treatment
Hospital fees £5,192
Consultants fees Included
Post discharge care
Hospital fees Included
Consultants fees Included
Total £5,392

Terms & Conditions

Treatment prices displayed are a guide for initial consultation, and a guide price for our fixed price packages which include pre-assessment, procedure and aftercare. Your Consultant will be able to discuss costs in greater detail at your consultation, after which a quote of your fixed price package will be provided [which is subject to results of any pre-assessment tests]. Prices can be subject to change.

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