Need private cataract surgery?

On Private Healthcare UK, you can find 920 private ophthalmic surgeons and 233 private hospitals offering cataract surgery and if you’re paying for yourself, you could expect it to cost between £1,883 and £3,535. We have over 20 years' experience helping people to make the right choice about private healthcare.

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What is cataract surgery?

Cataract surgery is a straightforward procedure to replace the cloudy lens of the eye with an artificial lens. Whilst surgery can be delayed, the cataract will only worsen as there is no effective cataract treatment without surgery. Cataract surgery is performed whilst the patient is awake under a local anaesthetic. Cataract surgery does not hurt but there is some touch or pressure sensation still present. The operation takes 30 to 45 minutes and the patient is sent home the same day. The after effects of cataract surgery include the eye is swollen or bruised for a few days and it may feel sore. Vision in the eye will start to return to normal with a couple of days but fully recovering from cataract surgery takes between two and six weeks.

Should I go private?

Choosing to go private for cataract surgery offers the following benefits:

  • Gain access to fast treatment
  • Beat the cataract surgery NHS waiting times
  • A choice of when you want to be treated
  • A choice of where to be treated
  • A choice of the consultant or private ophthalmic surgeon
  • Sometimes, access to options which may not be available on the NHS

Private Ophthalmic Surgeons in the UK

The following eye surgeons perform private cataract surgery in the UK.

Charles Claoue

Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon


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Goran Helgason

Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon

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Aravind Reddy

Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon


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Ravi Gandhewar

Consultant Ophthalmologist

Derby and Burton-on-Trent

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Martin Filipec

Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon

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Amar Alwitry

Consultant Ophthalmologist, Cataract & Refractive Surgeon


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How do I choose a private Cataract Surgeon?

We recommend preparing a list of questions to ask the specialist, you might want to ask:

  • Can you provide a detailed profile of your background, experience and qualifications?
  • When and where did you receive training in surgery?
  • What is your position and role within the NHS?
  • How many cataract surgeries do you undertake each year?
  • Can I speak to any of your past patients to find out about their experience?
  • How much do you charge for the initial consultation?
  • How long will my cataract eye surgery take?

Which hospitals and clinics provide cataract surgery?

The following private hospitals and clinics offer private cataract surgery in the UK.

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How do I choose a private hospital or clinic?

You should compare what the hospitals or clinics have to offer, how they differ, and what sort of philosophy of care they offer. The location of the hospital will play an important role in your choice - search the Private Healthcare UK private hospital database to find hospitals which are within easy travelling distance so that family can visit and you can eliminate any discomfort of long journeys.

How much does cataract surgery cost?

If you're paying for yourself, the cataract surgery typically costs. £2,417. (between £1,883 and £3,535) at private hospitals and clinics in the UK. To get a more accurate cost, you can get a personalised quote from Private Healthcare UK.

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What is included in the price?

In most cases, the following is included in the price, but you should double check exactly what is included:

  • All medical and nursing care during your procedure
  • Hospital fees
  • Any drugs that you need while in the hospital
  • Surgeon or consultant fees

The price is normally payable on or before admission to the hospital.

Is my private cataract surgery covered by insurance?

If you have health or private medical insurance, you likely covered for this procedure. However, you should check with your insurer and get a claim authorised before booking an appointment with a specialist.

Do I need a referral from my GP?

Many private knee surgeons are reluctant to see a patient requiring treatment unless there is a referral letter from your GP and we recommend checking with individual specialists to see if this is required or not. If you do not have a GP, many private hospitals can arrange for you to have an appointment with a private GP in their outpatient department.

The practicalities of going private

Your initial consultation is a good opportunity for you to ask any questions you have about the procedure. You should bring any test results with you so that you won't have to repeat expensive tests or scans - you can get these from your GP. If you are paying for yourself, you should be prepared to pay the consultation fee on the day. If you are insured, remember to bring your registration documents and proof of pre-authorisation.

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LaingBuisson is the chosen provider of independent sector healthcare market data to the UK government's Office for National Statistics.