Private cataract surgery Essex

Inclusive treatment and care from £2,635

At Spire Wellesley 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 diagnostic tests and scans
  • Internationally and nationally renowned consultants
  • Clear, inclusive pricing
  • Rated 'Good' by the Care Quality Commission

By Wallace Health I Medically reviewed by Adrian Roberts.
Page last reviewed: October 2018 I Next review due: October 2021

Cataract surgery: what to expect at Spire Wellesley

Here at Spire Wellesley, we’re proud to have a team of ophthalmologists (eye specialists) that provide cataract treatment centred around your needs.

We offer fast access to tests, scans and treatment and hassle-free booking with appointment times to suit you.

How much does Cataract removal surgery cost at Spire Wellesley Hospital

Here at Spire Wellesley, we’re proud to have a team of ophthalmologists (eye specialists) that provide cataract treatment centred around your needs.

We offer fast access to tests, scans and treatment and hassle-free booking with appointment times to suit you.

Cataract surgery Fees
Initial consultation £180
Treatment £2,455
Aftercare Included
Guide price £2,635
Monthly treatment price

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

£131
Representative example
Loan amount £2,205
Deposit £250
Loan period 18 months
Representative APR 9.9%
Total amount repayable £2,358

The guide price displayed shows what most patients who pay for their own treatment should expect to pay for treatment. The price may vary depending on Consultant, type of anaesthetic, implant or drug used, and may also vary due to your medical history.

Spire Wellesley 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 Wellesley

At Spire Wellesley, 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 a choice of different makes including:

  • Eyecee
  • Alcon
  • Tecnis
  • Sensor
  • Ziesslisa

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 Wellesley

Getting here

Spire Wellesley Hospital is a couple of miles from Southend town centre, just off the A127. We’re a short taxi ride from Southend train station, which has a fast and regular connection to London Liverpool Street. We have free on-site parking available for you and your visitors.

Your consultations

An appointment will be arranged with one of our highly trained consultants within a few days of your enquiry. You’ll meet them in one of our 16 consultation rooms to discuss any symptoms or a previous diagnosis. They may carry out tests such as:

  • Sight tests
  • Biometry testing – to calculate the power of the new intraocular lens (IOL) required

Your consultant will explain how cataract surgery works and the options available to you, what you can expect afterwards and any risks. We encourage you to ask any questions you may have at this stage.

Cataract removal surgery

Watch how cataract removal surgery takes place

Cataract surgery: your procedure

You’ll only be with us for a few hours for your operation so won’t need an overnight bag. However, it may be necessary to bring:

  • 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 while you have your operation.

On arrival 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

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:

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

  • 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

How to get to us

Southend is only 20 miles from the M25 and Spire Wellesley Hospital is a couple of miles from the town centre, just off the A127. We are a short taxi ride from the train station, which has a fast and regular connection to London Liverpool Street.

Find us on Google maps

Spire Wellesley Hospital,

Eastern Avenue
Southend-on-Sea
Essex
SS2 4XH

Main SwitchBoard:  01702 462944

Self-pay treatment enquiries:  01702 447926

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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