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Cataract removal surgery at Spire Southampton Hospital

Inclusive treatment and care from £2,545

At Spire Southampton Hospital, we provide high-quality cataract surgery to replace a cloudy lens in your eye with an artificial one, improving vision and allowing you to get back to everyday life.

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 treatment when you need it
  • Consultants who are experts in their field
  • Transparent pricing
  • Rated 'Good' by the Care Quality Commission

Cataract surgery: what to expect at Spire Southampton

At Spire Southampton we have many dedicated ophthalmologists who specialise in cataract surgery to improve your vision in a relatively straightforward procedure.

There’s no need to wait to have cataract surgery. We offer access to tests, scans and treatment without the wait, and easy booking with appointment times to suit you.

How much does Cataract removal surgery cost at Spire Southampton Hospital

A cataract removal procedure is available from £2,545.

We offer 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 Southampton 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 Southampton

At Spire Southampton, 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 uses 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 Southampton

How to find us

We’re a 10 minute taxi ride from Southampton Central train station or 15 minutes from Southampton International Airport, with free parking available.

Your consultations

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

Your appointments will take place in one of our 16 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 surgery: your procedure

On the day of your procedure, you’ll come into Spire Southampton and meet your healthcare team. If you’ve come with a friend or family member, they’re welcome to wait in your private room while you have your operation.

You’ll only be here for a few hours, so you won’t need to bring too much with you. You may like to bring a change of shirt in case the fluid used to clean your eye gets onto your top.

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

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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