Cataract removal surgery at Spire Dunedin Hospital

Inclusive treatment and care from £2,560

At Spire Dunedin 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
  • Specialist in a wide range of treatments
  • Clear, simple pricing and flexible payment options

Cataract surgery: what to expect at Spire Dunedin

At Spire Dunedin, we use trusted and clinically proven techniques to improve blurred eyesight caused by cataracts and get you back to everyday life with better vision.

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

How much does Cataract removal surgery cost at Spire Dunedin Hospital

A cataract removal procedure is available from £2,560.

There are many ways to pay and our inclusive prices and access to payment plans make it easy and more affordable, even if you don’t have medical insurance.​

You can trust Spire Dunedin Hospital to provide you with a single, fixed price1 so there are no surprises. Finance options are available through our chosen partner2.

1Important: 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. 2 Spire Healthcare Limited is acting as a credit broker to Zebra Health Finance Limited. Company No. 09406708. Registered at 1 Worsley Court, High Street, Worsley, Manchester, M28 3NJ. www.zebrahealthfinance.com Zebra Health Finance Limited is a appointed representative of Chrysalis Finance Limited and Shawbrook Bank Limited is the lender. Spire Healthcare Ltd does not receive payment for arranging credit. All parties named here are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Credit acceptance is subject to application and status. Terms and conditions apply.

Procedures offered for cataract surgery at Spire Dunedin

At Spire Dunedin, a range of intraocular lenses are available, depending on your eye and your visual needs. Your consultant will help you choose the best option for you:

  • Monofocal – high quality fixed-focus optics that corrects either short or long sight and can be selected to favour distance or reading vision
  • Multifocal and trifocal - these lenses correct both near and distance vision, aiming to reduce dependence on glasses

Both monofocal and multifocal/trifocal lenses are also available with toric optics to correct astigmatism. You may still need to wear glasses afterwards, depending on your eyesight and your choice of lens.

Preparing for cataract surgery at Spire Dunedin

Getting here

Spire Dunedin Hospital is conveniently situated close to the heart of Reading, on the A4 Bath Road. We’re a short walk from Reading West station and a 10 minute taxi from Reading mainline station, which has 30 minute direct train rides to and from London. If you’d like to drive to your appointment, we have free parking on-site for you and your visitors.

Outpatient consultation

When you arrive, our nursing staff will measure your vision and instil drops to dilate your pupils, so that your consultant can examine the inside of your eye. The drops will blur your vision so it's important that you don't drive yourself to the appointment. Your consultant will check that you have cataracts and that your eyes are otherwise healthy.

During the consultation we'll measure the size and shape of your eye using specialist non-contact biometry equipment so that your consultant can calculate the power of the intraocular lens implant that your eye needs. It's helpful if you can bring any glasses that you wear with you, along with a copy of your glasses prescription if you have one

Cataract removal surgery

Watch how cataract removal surgery takes place

Cataract surgery: your procedure

On the day of your procedure, you’ll come into Spire Dunedin and meet your healthcare team. 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.

You may wish to bring a change of clothing in case the fluid used to clean your eye accidentally comes into contact with what you are wearing.

You’ll be given a local anaesthetic in your eye, and your consultant may also give you a sedative to make you feel more relaxed during the procedure.

When you’re ready, your consultant will:

  • Make a small incision (cut) into the front of your eye (the cornea)
  • Remove your cloudy lens using phacoemulsification – this breaks up the lens into small fragments
  • Insert your new intraocular lens

Q & A

Roger McPherson, Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon

Talking about cataract surgery

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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