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Cataract removal surgery at Spire Cardiff Hospital

Inclusive treatment and care from £2,675

At Spire Cardiff Hospital, we use trusted and clinically proven techniques to improve blurred eyesight caused by cataracts and get you back to everyday life.

During cataract surgery, your consultant will remove the cloudy lens in your eye and insert a clear artificial lens.

Sometimes also called

  • Phacoemulsification

At a glance

  • Typical hospital stay
    A few hours

  • Procedure duration
    1 hour

  • Type of anaesthetic
    Local

  • Available to self-pay?
    Yes

  • Covered by health insurance?
    Yes

Why Spire?

  • You can usually see a consultant within a few days of enquiry
  • Expert, personalised treatments
  • Flexible payment options to make it easy and more affordable

Cataract surgery: what to expect at Spire Cardiff

At Spire Cardiff, our team of ophthalmologists (eye specialists) can offer you cataract treatment and recommend lens options for you and your needs.

We offer fast access to diagnostic tests and scans and hassle-free booking with appointment times to suit you, so you don't have to wait long.

How much does Cataract removal surgery cost at Spire Cardiff Hospital

It’s a common procedure to have done privately, and our inclusive prices and access to payment plans make it easy and more affordable, even if you don’t have medical insurance.

Cataract surgery Fees
Initial consultation £150
Treatment £2,525
Aftercare Included
Guide price £2,675
Monthly treatment price

(Loan applicable to the treatment cost and excludes the initial consultation)

£136
Representative example
Loan amount £2,275
Deposit £250
Loan period 18 months
Representative APR 9.9%
Total amount repayable £2,448
Cataract surgery with eyesight correction Fees
Initial consultation £150
Treatment £2,525
Aftercare Included
Guide price £2,675
Monthly treatment price

(Loan applicable to the treatment cost and excludes the initial consultation)

£136
Representative example
Loan amount £2,275
Deposit £250
Loan period 18 months
Representative APR 9.9%
Total amount repayable £2,448

Spire Cardiff Hospital can provide you with a single, fixed price so there are no surprises. Please read Spire Healthcare's terms and conditions for full details of what’s included and excluded in your fixed price when paying for yourself. Finance options are available through our partner Omni Capital Retail Finance Ltd, 10 Norwich Street, London, EC4A 1BD.

Procedures offered for cataract surgery at Spire Cardiff

At Spire Cardiff, we offer a range of intraocular lenses. Your consultant will help you choose the best option for you. They include:

  • Monofocal – corrects either short or long sight, with a choice of three focal points
  • Toric – a monofocal lens that helps correct astigmatism (a problem with focusing)
  • Multifocal – corrects both near and distance vision, like varifocal glasses

We also have special equipment which use a variety of biometry and refractive techniques to measure the shape and size of your eye. This is so your consultant can calculate the power of your intraocular lens implants.

You may still need to wear glasses afterwards, depending on your eyesight and your choice of lens.

Preparing for cataract surgery at Spire Cardiff

Getting here

Spire Cardiff Hospital is located a short distance from Junction 30 of the M4 and is well signposted. Public transport options are available. We have free parking on-site for you and your visitors.

Your consultations

One of our experienced consultant ophthalmologists will offer you an initial consultation within a few days of your enquiry.

All your consultations will take place in one of our 21 consultation rooms. During your consultations, we'll:

  • Ask about your medical history
  • Carry out a series of tests, including a sight test and biometry testing – to calculate the power of the new intraocular lens (IOL) required
  • Explain about the procedure, anaesthetic, the different types of IOLs available, and any potential cataract surgery complications and risks and how they may affect you
  • Give you a chance to ask any questions you have about your treatment

Cataract removal surgery

Watch how cataract removal surgery takes place

Cataract surgery: your procedure

When you come in for your operation, you’ll only be with us for a couple of hours, so you won’t need to bring much. However, you may need:

  • Sunglasses or a hat to wear when leaving hospital as things may look bright afterwards
  • Hearing aids if you wear them
  • A change of shirt or top as a rinsing fluid is used during the procedure

If you’ve come with a friend or family member, they’re welcome to wait in our lounge or restaurant while you have your operation.

Here’s what will happen after you arrive for your cataract surgery:

  • You’ll meet your surgery team and will be given eye drops to dilate your pupil and make it easier for your surgeon to see your lens
  • You may be given a sedative to help you feel relaxed
  • You’ll also be given a local anaesthetic, usually in the form of eye drops, so you won’t feel anything during the procedure
  • Your surgeon will make a small incision in the front of your eye (cornea) and remove your clouded lens, using a process called phacoemulsification, which breaks the lens up into small fragments
  • They’ll then insert your new intraocular lens

Cataract surgery: your recovery

After your cataract surgery, you’ll be taken to a recovery room to relax until your surgeon says you’re ready to go home. This is usually a few hours after cataract surgery.

Although everybody’s different and you should always follow your consultant’s advice, here’s a typical recovery timeline for cataract surgery:

Treatment and recovery timeline

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1 week

Any eye pain, redness or itching should go

7-14 days

Stop wearing eye shield at night

10-14 days

Clear eyesight restored

4-6 weeks

Fully back to normal

The treatment described on this page may be adapted to meet your individual needs, so it's important to follow your healthcare professional's advice and raise any questions that you may have with them.

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