Cataract Surgery (Phacoemulsification)

A cataract is a common issue where the eye’s natural lens becomes clouded. Cataract surgery aims to improve vision by removing the cataract and replacing it with an artificial lens. The information should not replace advice that your relevant health professional would give you. For further details, you should speak to your consultant.

What is a cataract?

A cataract is a common medical condition whereby the lens in the eye becomes increasingly opaque. Elderly people are most susceptible to developing a cataract, which can blur vision and shift the focus of the eye. Surgery aims to improve vision by removing the cataract and replacing it with an artificial lens.

Is surgery essential?

New glasses can help to improve your sight. However, cataract surgery is the only way to restore your vision.

What does the surgery involve?

During cataract surgery, your consultant will use ultrasound to break up the cataract, which they will remove from your eye through a small incision (keyhole). An artificial lens will be implanted behind your iris into the bag that held the natural lens. You will be given local anaesthetic and the procedure will take approximately 20 minutes.

Risks and complications

Any risks or complications will be discussed in advance of your treatment with your expert consultant.

How soon will I recover?

Most patients make a good recovery with improved vision and are able to return home within a few hours of their operation. You should make an appointment with your optician after 3-6 weeks of the procedure as it is likely that you will need new glasses. Exercising regularly can help with overall health, but you should seek advice from your GP first.

A private consultation with a Consultant Ophthalmologist ranges from £150-£200 if you don’t have health insurance and private cataract surgery at Claremont starts from £2,264 per eye. For more information or to book an appointment, call our Private Patient Team on 0114 263 2114 or email You will need a referral letter from your GP or Optician or you can see one of our Private GPs quickly for a referral if you prefer. 

Are you insured?

We welcome patients with private medical insurance and are recognised by all major health insurers.

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Not insured?

We welcome patients wishing to pay-as-they-go for treatment and offer a wide range of medical services and procedures.

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