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Private Cataract Surgery

Cataract Surgery or phacoemulsification is a surgical operation used to treat cataracts.

By Andrew Hatfield
Updated: 1st August 2023

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Our Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeons offer private cataract surgery.

Privately you will benefit from no waiting lists or long delays for cataract surgery at Fairfield Independent Hospital.

We work with all known insurance companies and offer competitive self-pay prices if you do not have health insurance.

At Fairfield Independent Hospital, we also offer refractive cataract surgery, which uses state-of-the-art premium lenses. Refractive cataract surgery can potentially reduce the chances of needing glasses after cataract surgery.

Before considering surgery, it is important to be aware that all surgical procedures carry a certain amount of risk and it is important that you understand the risks involved with cataract surgery specifically.

What is cataract surgery?

Cataract surgery is a procedure that is usually performed under local anaesthetic. If you need cataract surgery on both eyes, then the operations are generally done within a few weeks of each other.

How long do cataract operations take?

Cataract operations are usually performed as a day case procedure, meaning you will be able to leave the hospital on the same day.

What is your vision like after cataract surgery?

After your cataract operation, your vision will be blurry at first and you may be asked to wear a protective patch. Your sight should return a few hours after the operation and your vision should improve over the next week or two.

You must arrange for transportation to and from the hospital on the day of the operation as your vision will be slightly blurred.

Can cataracts come back after surgery?

Once a cataract has been removed it cannot return to the same eye. The artificial lens which has replaced your eye’s natural lens in surgery does not allow cataracts to build up.

Your Consultant will advise you when you can return to normal activities following your cataract operation. It is important to look after your eye as you are told, to reduce the risk of complications.

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