Cataract Surgery

(Eye Surgery)

Summary

Cataract surgery is a procedure to treat cataracts that are affecting your vision and daily activities.  Cataract surgery is the most common operation performed in the UK, with more than 300,000 procedures carried out each year.

A cataract is cloudiness of the lens (the normally clear structure in your eye which focuses the light). They can develop in one or both eyes.  The cloudiness can become worse over time, causing vision to become increasingly blurry, hazy or cloudy.  Most cataracts develop with age, although rarely babies are born with cataracts or children develop them while they are still young. Clouding of your lens is a normal part of ageing.  Significant cloudiness, or cataracts, generally get slowly worse over time and surgery to remove them is the only way to restore vision.  However, it’s not necessary to have surgery if your vision is not significantly affected and you don’t have any difficulties carrying out everyday tasks. After surgery, depending on which lens you have implanted you may need to wear glasses for reading.

  • Arranging your Treatment

    Before going ahead with this treatment, you will need to have an initial consultation with a specialist Consultant to go through your medical history and diagnosis. At this appointment, your consultant will confirm the exact treatment you require.

    If you would like to have an initial consultation, you can call us and we can help you find the best consultant for you to see.

    For more information, call our Reservations team on +44 (0) 1622 237 727 or email reservations@kims.org.uk.

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  • Paying for your Treatment

    You can be treated at KIMS by using your private medical insurance or by paying for yourself.

    If you have private medical insurance, you will need to contact your insurer to ensure you are covered for the initial consultation prior to making an appointment and obtain an authorisation number. The insurance company will then need to be advised if you require further treatment. The insurance company usually settles bills on your behalf.

    If you are paying for your own treatment, you will need to pay for an initial consultation. This will be confirmed at the time of booking but is typically £150-£250. You will also need to pay for any associated diagnostic tests your consultant recommends (for example x-rays and blood tests).

    Following this consultation, if you don’t need any further treatment or if you decide paying for yourself isn’t the right option, there is no commitment to proceed further.

    If you require the operation or procedure to be carried out, you will receive a quote for your treatment. This quote is also subject to pre-assessment checks prior to your admission to hospital.

    Payment is required 7 days prior to admission.

  • Prices

    The table below shows the approximate price for this treatment, which may vary depending on your individual case (see what’s included below).

    Patient pathwayDiagnostic investigationsMain treatmentPost-discharge careGuide Price
    Guide price£80 – 150 (Biometry)£2,000Included£2,080 – £2,150
  • What’s Included

    The fixed price package above includes all the costs associated with this treatment at KIMS Hospital.

    You will be given a quote prior to admission to confirm this cost. The amount you are quoted may differ from the published price for a number of reasons:

    • The Consultant you choose 
    • Your medical history and whether you have any associated medical conditions which may impact this treatment
    • The type of anaesthetic your Consultant advises is best for you 
    • The type of implant or drug you choose or your Consultant advises is best for you

    In some cases, if you have certain pre-existing medical conditions, it may not be possible to provide you with a fixed price for your Main Treatment. If this is the case, the hospital will discuss the available options with you. Your quote is also subject to pre-assessment checks prior to your admission to hospital.

Cataract surgery commonly takes around 30 to 45 minutes to complete is carried out in the day case unit. During the operation, the surgeon makes a tiny incision in your eye so they can remove the affected lens. When the lens has been removed, the surgeon inserts a small plastic lens, called an intraocular implant or intraocular lens, in its place. If you have cataracts in both eyes, this procedure will usually be carried out on separate occasions a few weeks apart. This gives the first eye time to heal and time for your vision to return.

You will normally be able to go home a few hours after having cataract surgery, although you will need to arrange for someone to collect you and take you home. Take it easy for the first two or three days after the operation and make sure to use any eye drops you are given by the hospital. You can carry on with most of your normal activities after cataract surgery, although you will need to avoid touching your eye or getting anything in it (such as soap and water) for a few weeks. Most people will experience an improvement in their sight soon after cataract surgery, although your vision may be blurred for a few days.

To find out more If you would like to come to KIMS contact our Reservations team on +44 (0)1622 237 727 or email reservations@kims.org.uk

 

Our Consultants

  • Mr Goncalo Almeida

    MD

    • Cataract Surgery
  • Mr Luis Amaya

    MD FRCOphth

    • Cataract Surgery
    • Squint Correction Surgery
  • Mr Moloy Dey

    BSc. MB.ChB. FRCOphth, P.G Dip Med Ed, FHEA

    • Age-related Macular Degeneration Treatment (ARMD)
    • Cataract Surgery
  • Miss Mahboub Hawkes

    DO (Dublin, London), MD, FRCS, FRCOphth

    • Age-related Macular Degeneration Treatment (ARMD)
    • Blepharoplasty
    • Cataract Surgery
    • Dermal fillers
    • Wrinkle relaxing injections
  • Mr Syed Taseer Hasan

    MB BS FRCS ED (Ophthalmology)

    • Cataract Surgery
    • Glaucoma Surgery
    • Squint Correction Surgery
  • Mr Christopher Jenkins

    MRCP FRCS FRCOpth

    • Cataract Surgery
    • Glaucoma Surgery