Cataract removal surgery at Spire Leicester Hospital

Inclusive treatment and care from £2,640

At Spire Leicester 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?

  • Fast access to diagnostic tests and scans
  • Internationally and nationally renowned consultants
  • Transparent pricing
  • Rated 'Good' by the Care Quality Commission

Cataract surgery: what to expect at Spire Leicester

At Spire Leicester, our team of ophthalmologists (eye specialists) can offer you cataract treatment and lens options that are appropriate for you and your needs.

We offer fast access to diagnostic tests and scans and easy booking with appointment times to suit you, so you don’t have to wait long to find out if treatment is right for you.

How much does Cataract removal surgery cost at Spire Leicester Hospital

A cataract removal procedure is available from £2,640.

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 Leicester Hospital to provide you with a single, fixed price (1) so there are no surprises. And, through our carefully chosen partner (2) you can even be considered for interest free finance.
(1) Important: 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) Zebra Finance Ltd trading as Zebra Health Finance , Lincoln House, Stephensons Way, Wyvern Business Park, Derby, DE21 6LY. 

Procedures offered for cataract surgery at Spire Leicester

At Spire Leicester, 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 to measure the shape and size of your eye using a variety of biometry and refractive techniques. This is so your consultant can calculate the lens power of your intraocular implant.

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

Preparing for cataract surgery at Spire Leicester

Getting here

We're located seven miles from junction 21 of the M1 and easily accessible from the A47 and A6. We’re a 15 minute cab ride from Leicester railway station. We have free parking on-site for you and your visitors.

Your consultations

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

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

  • Ask about your medical history
  • 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

Once you and your consultant have decided to go ahead with cataract surgery, an appointment will be made for you to have a number of tests carried out before your operation. The tests will include a sight test and biometry testing to calculate the power of the new intraocular lens (IOL) required.

Cataract removal surgery

Watch how cataract removal surgery takes place

Cataract surgery: your procedure

Most of our cataract surgery is undertaken using a local anaesthetic in which case you’ll only be here for a few hours, so you won’t need to bring too much with you.

On the day of your procedure, you’ll come into Spire Leicester and meet the team who'll be looking after you.

An hour before your surgery you’ll be given a series of drops to dilate your eye. When your eye has dilated, you’ll be taken to the theatre department and given a local anaesthetic.

When the anaesthetic has taken effect, your consultant will perform the operation.

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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