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Cataracts are a common problem, affecting around half of all people over 65, making cataract surgery the most frequently performed operation in the United Kingdom.

The progressive clouding of the lens can impair eyesight and decrease the quality of your life. Cataracts gradually get worse with time with eyesight progressively deteriorating.

If failing sight is affecting your work, hobbies or well-being, The London Clinic’s expert ophthalmologists can operate to replace the cloudy lens and restore vision within days.

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Urderstanding cataract surgery

Cataract surgery at The London Clinic is carried out as a day case procedure in our high-tech, ophthalmic operating rooms. The operation is usually performed under local anaesthetic and only takes 20 - 30 minutes.

Your surgeon will make a small cut in the eye, and the lens is removed, leaving the capsule that holds the lens intact. The artificial lens, which is constructed from a non-reactive substance like silicone or acrylic, is then carefully positioned in the capsule.

When in place, the new lens can bend and focus light on the sensitive cells at the back of the eye.

Cataract surgery options

Your consultant eye surgeon will assess your eyesight, your cataracts and your general health in The London Clinic’s comfortable and well-equipped consulting rooms.

Your consultant will use the results of biometric testing to choose a replacement lens that will correct your vision and address your individual preferences and needs.

At The London Clinic, you will be offered a choice of lenses, including the latest premium lenses that are not usually available on the NHS. Not all lenses are suitable for all eyes; your consultant will help you choose the lens that best suits your lifestyle.

Monofocal lens

This is the standard lens which has a single point of focus. You can choose whether to fix the lens for either close or distance vision but will need to wear glasses for some tasks. You may select monovision, in which one eye has a lens for distance vision and the other for close work.


These lenses have several different focusing distances allowing you to focus on things that are near and further away. However distant vision can sometimes be of lower quality.


These have one focusing distance but, as in the natural eye, the focusing distance can change as you look at objects that are near or far away.

Premium lenses

These are not suitable for everyone and may not be funded by medical insurance, but they can allow you to be less dependent on wearing glasses. Your consultant will take time to discuss your options, talk about the pros and cons and address any of your concerns.

Further note

Cataracts can develop in one or two eyes. If they are bilateral, you will require two separate operations two to three months apart. This will ensure that the vision in your first eye has recovered by the time you have the second procedure.

Your recovery from cataract surgery 

Following your surgery, The London Clinic’s experienced team will support you through your recovery. You will usually have a dressing and a plastic shield over your eye. You can generally remove this after 24 hours, but you will be given specific instructions before your discharge.

You will usually be able to go home on the day of the operation. The local anaesthetic will gradually wear off, and sensation will return to your eye within a few hours.

You may notice:

  • a gritty feeling,
  • watering of the eyes
  • blurred or double vision
  • the eye appearing to be red or bloodshot

These symptoms gradually settle, but it can take up to six weeks to fully recover.

Your consultant will usually make an appointment to see you around a week after the operation. However, if you have any problems or worries, you should contact the Eye Centre for advice and assessment.

Why choose The London Clinic?

The London Clinic is dedicated to providing the best, personalised healthcare with over 600 world-renowned consultants available to offer informed health advice and treatment. 

Spanning Harley Street and Devonshire Place, The London Clinic is situated in the heart of London’s internationally-known medical district. This central location, together with state-of-the art technologies and facilities that are not widely available in other hospitals, makes The London Clinic the hospital of choice for around 120,000 patients every year.

The London Clinic is an HTA licensed and JACIE accredited cancer centre with an ‘Excellent’ MacMillan Quality Environment Mark and with access to a Level 3 intensive care unit.

Offering affordable and competitive self-pay packages and expert support from Clinical Nurse Specialists and our specialised multidisciplinary team, over 98% of our patients said they would recommend The London Clinic to their friends and families.

Treatment cost

The London Clinic offers affordable, competitive self-pay packages for certain treatments. An All-Inclusive Package for this treatment is available from £2,595.

Patients have the option to spread the cost of treatment with Chrysalis Finance.

Please call +44 (0)20 3613 7502 to speak to our helpful team to find out more and to book an appointment.

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