Cataracts and eye health
1 in 3 people aged 65+ has a cataract that affects their vision, but the signs can appear as early as age 40.
Do you suspect you have a cataract in your eye? Or have you been diagnosed but don’t know when the right time is to have treatment?
Watch our free webinar with top ophthalmologist Mr Ernest Onyema to explore the causes, symptoms, and latest cataract treatment options, helping you make the best choice for your vision.
Our speaker Mr Ernest Onyema has over 30 years’ experience in ophthalmology and is clinical lead for Practice Plus Group Hospital, Ilford and Practice Plus Group Surgical Centre, Gillingham.
We offer high quality, consultant-delivered care without the unnecessary extras, making your treatment more affordable than with other private healthcare providers. Click on the link below to find everything you need to know about paying for your cataract treatment.
Paying for your cataract treatment at Practice Plus Group
Common questions about cataracts
What supplements can I take to stop my cataract from getting worse?
There are currently no supplements that will stop your cataract from getting worse, but certain foods may help maintain general eye health. Food containing Beta Carotene and Vitamin C, like oranges, carrot, lemons, grapefruit, and vitamin A rich foods like leafy green vegetables are good for general eye health.
When should I consider cataract surgery?
It’s all about quality of life. If your sight problems are stopping you from doing the things you enjoy, like interfering with reading, driving, vision at night or contributing to accidents and falls; then you should speak to our consultant about the options best for you. If you have cataract in both eyes we would treat the worst eye first and then consider treating the second six to 12 weeks later.
Will I be awake during the procedure?
You will be awake during the procedure, but it is done under local anaesthetic so you will not feel anything. We give you eye drops beforehand to ensure that your pupil stays dilated. We will make you as comfortable as possible, so don’t worry. Cataract surgery is a short procedure usually lasting around 20 minutes.
What are the risks of having my cataract removed?
In some patients, their pupils don’t dilate well and we have to use other ways to stretch the pupil to perform the surgery safely, such manoeuvres can lead to a larger pupil after surgery but for most this is temporary. As with any eye surgery there is a small risk of infection, blurred vision and detached retina. There is a very small risk – around one in 1,000 – of permanent sight loss in the treated eye.
Do I need a GP referral for cataract surgery?
If you are paying for your own treatment you don’t need to be referred. Your consultant will arrange to have access to your medical history to ensure you are safe to have surgery.
How long is the waiting time for treatment?
You can enjoy fast access to consultants near your home, seeing a specialist within two to four weeks, helping you feel better faster.
What is the cost for cataract surgery?
We offer an initial consultation for just £95, which includes the standard diagnostic tests. The current price (as of January 2022) for a single cataract surgery is from £1,995 at Practice Plus Group. We also offer mono-focal and multi-focal lens replacement in cataract treatment but you can speak to our consultant to discuss the best option for you.
I have more questions – what do I do?
Give our customer service team a call on 0333 321 1961
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