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Cataract Surgery (Phacoemulsification)

This page will provide you with information about cataract surgery. For further details, you should speak to your consultant.

What is a cataract?

A cataract is a common ailment whereby the eye’s natural lens becomes cloudy, often resulting in blurred or defocused vision (see figure 1). Cataracts are most common among the elderly and can be treated with surgery, which aims to enhance the patient’s vision. 

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Are there any alternatives?

Cataract surgery is the only permanent solution to restoring your eyesight, although new glasses may help alleviate some of the symptoms.

What happens during surgery?

Using ultrasound, your consultant will break the cataract up into small fragments before removing it from the eye through a small incision. An artificial lens will then be implanted into your eye, in the same pouch that held the natural lens. A typical procedure takes around 20 minutes and is usually performed under local anaesthetic.

Are there any potential complications with this surgery?

Most surgical procedures carry some level of risk or possible complication. These will be discussed with you by your consultant or pre-assessment nurse prior to your procedure.

How long will I take to recover?

Patients are able to return home the same day as their operation. It is advised that you book an appointment with your optician, as the operation will most likely mean that you require a new pair of glasses. Regular exercise is important for long-term health, but you should seek advice from a health professional beforehand.

Summary

Cataract surgery is a common procedure carried out to improve a patient’s vision by removing the cataract and replacing it with an artificial lens.

 

References: EIDO Healthcare Limited - The operation and treatment information on this website is produced using information from EIDO Healthcare Ltd and is licensed by Aspen Healthcare.

The information should not replace advice that your relevant health professional would give you.

A self-funding private consultation is roughly between £180 - £200.  If you are paying for your treatment, prices can vary but typical Cataract surgery is between £1850 and £2300 depending on the lens required. 

A referral from either your GP or Optician is required for this service. If you do not have a referral, you are welcome to book an appointment with our Private GP. For more information or to book an appointment, please call us on 01245 253760 or enquire online here

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