Being referred to Optegra

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    Why choose Optegra

    • Thousands of NHS patients choose Optegra for speedy access to treatment and excellent outcomes.
    • Our leading consultant ophthalmic surgeons have true expertise and deliver high volumes of treatments with industry-leading low-complication rates.
    • Our top five surgeons alone have already performed a combined 116,000 cataract surgeries to date.
    • All provide the compassionate care and exceptional eye treatment which all our patients deserve.
    • You will benefit from our short waiting times (typically patients are treated within four-six weeks), and treatment in state-of-the-art immaculate and dedicated eye hospitals.
    • We have five-star reviews from our patients on Trustpilot and Doctify.
    • We have been a trusted NHS partner for over 10 years and your needs will be at the heart of your personalised treatment plan.
    • As centres of eye excellence, we offer facilities with the most advanced surgical and technical equipment.
    • Your health and safety is our priority. Since the pandemic we have put in place extra safety measures to protect you when you visit.
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    • A cataract is the clouding of the natural lens inside an eye.
    • As a cataract develops vision will slowly deteriorate.
    • Cataracts can be treated safely, effectively and quickly with surgery – it is the most common surgery performed worldwide.
    • To pick your surgeon and have freedom from glasses, find out more about private cataract treatment at Optegra.
    • Optegra offer advanced alternatives to NHS cataract treatments, for a bespoke outcome to suit your visual and lifestyle needs. Download our lens booklet to learn more.


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    Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the UK’s leading causes of sight impairment and is thought to affect over 600,000 people in the UK.

    How to get referred for NHS Cataract treatment at Optegra?

    It’s easy to get access to NHS cataract treatment at Optegra. Optegra provides cataract patients across the UK with a comprehensive NHS pathway. All you need is a referral from your optician or GP. Once we receive the referral from your optician or GP, we will email or send you a letter in the post providing the full details of the appointment, a medical health questionnaire, a map with directions to the hospital, and a registration form.

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    You have right to choose where you are treated. If you have been waiting a long time for treatment, and you would like to be treated at Optegra, you can ask your Optician or GP to refer you to Optegra.


    Birmingham Eye Hospital

    Aston University Campus, Coleshill St, Birmingham B4 7EH, UK

    Hampshire Eye Hospital

    Fusion 3, Solent Business Park, 1200 Parkway, Whiteley, Fareham PO15 7AD, UK

    Manchester Eye Hospital

    One Didsbury Point, 2 The Avenue, Manchester M20 2EY, UK

    North London Eye Hospital

    Unit 6, The Technology Park, Colindeep Lane, London NW9 6BX, UK

    Surrey Eye Hospital

    The Surrey Research Park, 10 Alan Turing Rd, Guildford GU2 7YF, UK

    Yorkshire Eye Hospital

    937 Harrogate Rd, Bradford BD10 0RD, UK

    Optegra Eye Clinic York

    Tudor Court, York Business Park, Opus Avenue, York YO26 6RS, UK

    Optegra Eye Clinic Uttoxeter

    Screwfix Uttoxeter, Dovefield Retail Park, Town Meadows Wy., Uttoxeter, UK

    Optegra Eye Clinic Preston

    175-177 Station Rd, Bamber Bridge, Preston PR5 6LA, UK

    Newcastle Eye Clinic

    1-3 Kingsway North, Gateshead, UK

    Maidstone Eye Clinic

    10 Kings Hill Avenue, Kings Hill, West Malling, UK

    Optegra Eye Clinic Colchester

    OYSTER HOUSE, Severalls Lane, Highwoods, Colchester CO4 9PD, UK

    Optegra Eye Clinic Brighton

    Brighton BN1 8AF, UK

    Optegra Eye Clinic Sheffield

    23 Carbrook Hall Rd, Sheffield S9 2EH, UK

    What our patients are saying

    “Optegra – Simply the best”

    Never new about Optegra until Boots told me.
    I need surgery as my cataracts were really bad. They contacted Optegra within a few weeks I’m booked in for pre operative assessment then within a few weeks had one eye surgery four weeks later my second eye surgery. Outstanding staff all round from the receptionist, nurses, surgeons etc As an NHS customer I am impressed with the speed and quality of Optegra the customer service is second to none. Highly recommended.

    Cataract surgery is the most commonly performed elective procedure in the NHS
    Melanie Higgins

    Scrub Nurse, Optegra

    NHS Frequently asked Questions

    Please bring all the pairs of glasses that you frequently wear and a copy of your most recent prescription if you have it. It is also useful for us to know about other medications that you are taking so it’s worth noting these down before your appointment in case your consultant asks for this information. If you take Warfarin, please also bring your INR book.

    We have a spacious waiting room with comfortable seating. To ensure we have enough space for all patients, we ask that you only bring one person with you to the appointment.

    We have free onsite parking available. On arrival, please ask at the hospital reception for assistance with a parking permit.

    Yes there are allocated bays for disabled parking and disabled access. Please ensure you have your blue badge clearly displayed. If you need assistance from your car to the hospital entrance then please let us know in advance.

    It is possible for your GP to arrange transport to Optegra, subject to meeting their criteria. You should contact your surgery in the first instance to discuss the options available.

    Options for public transport will vary according to your location. We have detailed information about travel options on our website

    You cannot drive to your appointment as it is likely that you will be given eye drops to dilate your pupils, and these can make your vision blurry for up to six hours afterwards.

    While your consultation and subsequent surgery will take place in our five-star hospital setting, this is still an NHS service and therefore free of charge.

    You will have an initial appointment with our clinical team for an initial consultation to discuss your procedure and give you the opportunity to ask any questions you may have. After this appointment, the surgery will be scheduled for between two and six weeks later.

    Please allow up to two hours for your appointment.

    If you think you will require assistance during your appointment or have a carer and would like them to attend the appointment with you, then please speak to a receptionist on arrival. We will do our best to accommodate your wishes.

    No, you will have your surgeries on two separate dates. One of our optometrists will complete a post-operative check four-six weeks after the first cataract is removed, and once this report has been received your second surgery will be scheduled.

    We understand that circumstances can change and you may need to change your original appointment. If so, please contact us on 02075094186 or as soon as possible. You will be placed back on the NHS waiting list and will be sent a new appointment as soon as one becomes available.

    It can take up to six hours for the dilation drops to wear off so you should not drive during this time. This is why we advise arranging for someone to bring you to your appointment or travelling on public transport. After your surgery appointment, it can take up to 48 hours for your eyes to settle and you should not drive until you can clearly see a number plate 20 metres ahead.

    We will arrange your surgery for just two-six weeks after consultation.

    If you have run out of eye drops and require some more, please call our clinical line on 020 7509 4186 (lines open from 8am – 5pm). We can arrange for drops to be sent to you or you can collect them from the hospital.

    Most cataract patients are given a shield to take home, which protects your eye and keeps it as clean as possible. We recommend leaving the shield on overnight for one week, unless your surgeon has advised you otherwise.

    Recovery time from cataract surgery will vary depending on the patient, but on average it takes four-six weeks for your eye to settle down and adjust.

    Most cataract patients can return to work after around three days. If you work in a dusty or smoky environment, however, it is recommended to delay return to work by two weeks.

    We recommend you wait at least one week before taking a short haul flight, and two weeks before going on a medium/long haul flight (three hours or more).