Cataract Surgery at Blakelands Hospital
Cataract surgery is the most common operation performed in the UK, with more than 300,000 procedures carried out each year.
What is a cataract?
A cataract is when the natural lens in your eye becomes cloudy, usually caused by ageing. A cataract causes blurred vision or changes the focus of your eye and can develop in one or both eyes.
Cataracts tend to affect older people (known as age-related cataracts). In the UK, most people who are aged 65 or older have some degree of visual impairment caused by cataracts, with men and women both equally affected.
What are the symptoms of cataracts?
The most common symptom of cataract is blurring of vison, but cataracts may affect your sight in the following ways:
- altered colour perception
- frequent change of glasses
- difficulty to see in dim or very bright light
- the glare from bright lights may uncomfortable to look at
- double vision
Cataracts shouldn’t irritate your eyes and are not painful.
What does cataract surgery involve?
Cataract surgery is usually performed under a local anaesthetic. However, a variety of anaesthetic techniques are possible and the operation usually takes about 10 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.
Will I feel any pain?
There is little or no discomfort during cataract surgery. You will be awake during the procedure but steps are taken before and during surgery so you won't feel any pain.
What are the potential complications of cataract surgery?
Modern cataract surgery is performed as a keyhole procedure meaning it is extremely safe and serious complications are rare.
How long will it take for me to recover from my cataract surgery?
Cataract surgery is classed as day case procedure meaning should be able to go home a few hours after the operation. You will then be booked a follow up appointment with your Ophthalmologist following your procedure before being discharged from Blakelands Hospital’s care.
You should go to your optician for an eye test three to six weeks after your operation as you will usually need new glasses.
Most people make a good recovery with improved vision following surgery.
How much does cataract surgery cost?
For patients wishing to self-pay for their treatment, prices for a cataract surgery at Blakelands Hospital are available here. Please note that this is a guide price. The guide price covers your pre-assessment, surgery and aftercare costs.
The price does not include your initial consultation with an Ophthalmologist before being listed for surgery. If you decide to proceed with surgery you will be sent a copy of our full terms and conditions.
You are also able to get referred for cataract surgery. Talk to your GP or Ophthalmologist and ask for a referral to Blakelands Hospital.
Which Consultants can I see about my cataracts?
How do I see an Ophthalmologist at Blakelands Hospital for my cataracts?
If you think you may have cataracts and they are affecting your quality of life, talk to your GP or Ophthalmologist and ask for a referral to Blakelands Hospital. We provide Ophthalmology services for both NHS patients and Private patients either self-paying for their treatment or using medical insurance.
If you have any questions about using your Private Medical Insurance or self-paying for treatment, please call 01908 049 665 or email us via our contact form.
Finance packages are available via a medical loan with 0% finance, further details are available here.