Cataract Surgery: Wait On The NHS Or Go Private?

26 November 2019

Cataract surgery is the most common operation performed in the UK according to the NHS, with over 300,000 people benefiting from it every year. This quick and simple procedure takes only 20 minutes per eye and can offer a lifetime of clear vision.

Treatment is usually offered by the NHS if your cataracts are affecting your vision to the point where daily tasks such as driving are no longer feasible. Waiting lists on the NHS can be many months though, and patients with early cataracts are usually not offered treatment until the cataracts progress to a certain stage. However, if you’d like to receive treatment more quickly, in more comfortable and relaxing surroundings, it’s well worth considering having private cataract surgery.

If you’re currently weighing up your options for cataract surgery, read our guidance below to find out more about the benefits of choosing private treatment.

Treatment that’s tailored to you

Private cataract surgery with Optegra means more options, so you can have treatment which is tailored to your needs.

Standard cataract treatment involves replacing the lens with a synthetic intraocular lens (IOL), but we also offer refractive cataract surgery, which uses an advanced multi-focal lens instead. With these lenses, it is possible to correct visual errors such as long-sightedness, short sightedness and astigmatism as well as treating cataracts, so you could reduce your dependence on glasses or potentially eliminate glasses altogether as well as having your cataracts removed at the same time.

When considering your options for treatment, you’ll have an expert consultant to guide you through the decision-making process and be with you each step of the way.

No long waiting lists

One distinct advantage of private cataract surgery is the fact that you won’t have to wait for months to have your treatment.

With Optegra, you can book a free consultation with a specialist and then choose a date and time for your surgery that suits you, making it the most convenient choice by far. This makes it possible to have your cataract surgery in time for a special occasion such as a wedding, provided that you leave enough time for your eyes to recover after your treatment.

If you are looking to have your surgery as soon as possible, simply speak to our customer advisers, who will let you know how quickly they can book you in.

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    World-class facilities

    When you choose private cataract surgery with Optegra, you’ll have access to state of the art facilities and technology. Our specialist eye hospitals are designed with your comfort in mind and as such they are a far cry from hospitals you may be used to.

    Bright colours and comfortable armchairs await you in our reception room, where you’ll be greeted by our friendly medical team. Meanwhile, in our specialist treatment rooms, you’ll experience the latest technology, geared towards providing every patient with a treatment which is tailored to their individual needs.

    Comprehensive aftercare

    Once your treatment is complete, you can relax in our tranquil recovery lounge, where you can rest, recuperate and enjoy refreshments until you’re feeling ready to go home. Our care doesn’t stop there though, as you’ll receive comprehensive aftercare to support your recovery from cataract surgery.

    We’re here to provide the highest quality aftercare possible, so if you have any worries or questions post-surgery, you can always get in touch with us.

    Got questions?

    If you’ve got any questions about cataract treatment with Optegra, we’d love to hear from you. Book a free consultation with one of our experts.


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