Are cataracts interfering with your daily life such as reading, watching TV or driving?
If so, you want to consider surgery? By opting for private healthcare at Springfield Hospital, you don’t need to wait until your eyesight is really poor before you can consider surgery. We can help you get your sight back even if your vision is better than current NHS guidelines.
Our cataract service is consultant-led with patients seeing the same consultant from their initial consultation through to surgery and post-discharge care. We offer appointments every weekday and there is little or no waiting time for surgery, your treatment can start as soon as you are ready.
You don’t need private medical insurance to come be seen by one of consultant ophthalmologists. If you’re a self-paying patient, you don’t necessarily even need a referral. Just call us to arrange an appointment – and we’ll do the rest.
What is a cataract?
A cataract is when the natural lens in your eye becomes cloudy, usually caused by ageing (see figure 1). It causes blurred vision or changes the focus of your eye.
How is it treated?
Under local anaesthetic your surgeon will break the cataract into small pieces using ultrasound and then remove them through a small cut. They will insert an artificial lens implant. Your surgeon will discuss the most appropriate lens for you, as we often have a wider choice than may be available on the NHS. As the surgery is performed under local anaesthetic you should be able to go home a few hours afterwards.
How quickly is sight restored?
We expect an improvement in your vision the day after surgery and for you to be reading 2-4 weeks later. If necessary, we can also operate on your second eye just a few weeks later to achieve the best vision, as soon as possible.
You will need an eye test three to six weeks after your operation as you may need new glasses.
How much does it cost?
We offer a competitive fixed cost price for cataract surgery making it easy to pay for your own treatment. Please see our price page or contact us on 01245 200307. Alternatively, you can use any health insurance you may have to pay for treatment.
Next steps for you
- Your GP or optician will refer you to a consultant ophthalmologist.
- We can arrange for you to see a leading eye specialist within 72 hours or at a time to suit you.
- Meet with a consultant to discuss your treatment and measure your eye for your lens.
- We have little or no wait for surgery, a date will be arranged to suit you.