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At Spire Eye Centre we have highly experienced consultants who specialise in the treatment of cataracts and offer the highest standards of care.

Cataracts can develop as people age when the natural lens of the eye becomes cloudy. Cataracts can impair the vision and impact on every day life. The good news is that cataract surgery is very successful and the modern surgery is now quick and painless.

Treating cataracts

Surgery is the only effective way of removing the cloudy lens which is replaced with a new artificial intraocular lens. This treatment not only greatly improves vision, but can treat underlying focussing problems, such as short or long sightedness. Prior to your surgery, your surgeon will discuss your need for glasses. Multiple measurements will be performed to plan the most appropriate intraocular lens for your eye and your visual needs. There are many choices available at the time of cataract surgery which include monofocal, multifocal and toric intraocular lenses.

Cataracts in both eyes

Patients benefit greatly from undergoing bilateral, sequential cataract surgery. Rehabilitation is rapid. Cataract surgery is performed separately; the more seriously affected eye is usually done first.

The procedure for treating cataracts

Over 90% of all cataract surgery performed in the UK is now done under local anaesthetic and the operation usually takes about 15-30 minutes. After a short time to recover in our comfortable surroundings, you will be able to go home and should notice an improvement in your vision almost immediately. You will be in the hospital for approximately 3 hours.

Will I need a referral from my GP or Optician?

You will need to be referred by your GP or optician before you book a consultation.

What to do next

Contact the eye centre team to book a consultation with one of our consultant ophthalmic surgeons who will provide you with all the information you need before you embark on your treatment, including choice of procedures, what they involve and the associated risks and benefits. You should allow an hour for your consultation. The guide price for a consultation ranges from £200 to £250.

How much does it cost?

Treatment for cataracts starts from £2,587 per eye depending on the treatment you need, which will be confirmed at your initial consultation.

If you have medical insurance, you may be covered for payment of this procedure. Please check with your insurer to confirm. If you are paying for treatment yourself, we have interest free finance - 0% representative APR available. Download our information flyer or contact the friendly eye centre team for more details.