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Cataract Surgery at Rivers Hospital

If your GP or your optician has diagnosed a cataract and it is interfering with your daily life with activities such as reading, watching TV or driving, it may to time to consider surgery.

For further information or to book an appointment please call 01279 212952

Our cataract removal service is consultant-led and you will see the same consultant from their initial consultation through to surgery and post-discharge care. Rivers Hospital in Sawbridgeworth offers cataract appointments every weekday and there is little or no waiting time for surgery. Your treatment can start as soon as you are ready.

  • No need to wait - call now for an appointment or for more information - 01279 212952
  • Easy booking process if you are paying for your own treatment
  • No need to meet NHS referral criteria
  • Leading Eye specialist surgeon will perform the cataract procedure and see you at every stage of your care
  • All inclusive Total Care price includes everything for your treatment including a follow up consultation*
  • Easy procedure walk in/out. Usually no need for overnight stay
  • Nurse at the end of the phone 24/7 if you have any concerns
*The price may be more or less depending on the Consultant you choose, the lens or procedure.

You don’t need private medical insurance to come and see one of consultant ophthalmologists for cataract removal.  If you’re a self-paying patient, you don’t necessarily even need a referral.  Just call us to arrange an appointment – and we’ll do the rest.

"I was so nervous before my cataract operation but everyone was fantastic and the consultant and nurses put me at ease straight away. I left home at 10 in the morning and was home by 3pm the same day! I can honestly say that I felt absolutely nothing and I was only in theatre for about 20 minutes! I love reading and am so thrilled that I can now read easily without any problem!"

To book an appointment please call 01279 212952

How much does it cost?

The Consultant will see you for an initial consultation. The cost for that is around £200. If you both agree to proceed with a cataract operation, we offer an all inclusive price of £2560 for a standard lens. That price includes everything from the moment you come in for your cataract procedure (theatre costs, consultant and anaesthetist cost, hospital charges) and full aftercare. The aftercare will include take home medication, a line you can call at any time if you have any concerns and a follow up appointment with your consultant.

What is a cataract?

A cataract is when the natural lens in your eye becomes cloudy, usually caused by ageing (see figure 1). A cataract causes blurred vision or changes the focus of your eye.

What does the operation involve?

Surgery is usually performed under local anaesthetic.

Your surgeon will usually break the cataract into small pieces using ultrasound and then remove it from your eye through a small cut. They will then insert a lens implant.

How soon will I recover?

You should be able to go home a few hours after the operation.

You should go to your optician for an eye test three to six weeks after your operation as you will usually need new glasses.

Author: Mr Anthony King MD FRCOphth
Illustrations: LifeART image copyright 2011
Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. All rights reserved.
This document is intended for information purposes only and should not replace advice that your relevant health professional would give you.

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