How much does private cataract surgery cost?

The price of cataract surgery varies, depending on your prescription and your own specific requirements. At Optical Express we believe that treatment should be accessible for all of our patients. That is why we provide a range of pricing and finance options so that you can choose the best option to suit your budget.

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When considering treatment, it’s only natural to wonder how much private cataract surgery will cost and what finance options will be available to you. While the price of cataract surgery in the UK varies, at Optical Express we pride ourselves on making it an affordable solution for all patients. As we offer a number of different payment plans to assist you with the cost, there really is nothing stopping you from taking the first step towards improved vision.

Booking a free, no obligation consultation is the best way of determining how much private cataract surgery will cost and what payment options are available to you. As the cost of private cataract surgery in the UK varies, it’s understandable that you want a clear idea of the pricing options available to you. Book in for a free consultation and our expert consultants will be able to offer you the best possible advice on the cost of your cataract removal, bespoke to you.

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Medication & aftercare

Following your initial surgery, your aftercare appointments during the first 12 months and all medication for the first 3 months are included in the price of your cataract surgery. For any appointments you attend after this, a charge will apply. These are listed below:

Optometrist consultation £100

Ophthalmic Surgeon/Ophthalmologist consultation £200

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Your free consultation includes:

  • Diagnostic tests
  • Visual fields
  • Specular microscopy
  • Optometrist consultation
  • Auto-refractor
  • Corneal topography
  • WaveScan
  • OCT
  • Tonometry
  • iDesign aberrometry
  • Pachymetry

Diagnostic tests

As well as checking your vision and your prescription, the tests we'll perform on your eyes will help us gather the information we need to check that they're healthy and that there are no signs of eye disease.

Visual fields

This test will check your peripheral vision, and identify if there are any problems with any part of your visual field. If so, it'll determine if one or both eyes are affected, the extent of the problem, and what the chances are of it worsening.

Specular microscopy

This is a quick and painless procedure. The specular microscope captures high quality images of the back surface of the cornea, and checks for irregularities which may be early warning signs of a number of eye diseases.

Optometrist consultation

An optometrist consultation is the first step towards corrective eye surgery. It's a very thorough eye examination which can take up to 2 hours. Some of the tests will be familiar to you already, but additional tests are conducted too. All the tests are painless.

Following the examination, your optometrist will interpret the results and compare them to the International Medical Advisory Board suitability guidelines, to determine your suitability for surgery.


This technology is used during your eye examination. It's a computer-controlled machine which identifies any issues your eyes have with focusing light accurately onto your retina. You'll look into the machine using two lenses, and be asked to focus on a picture while the auto-refractor calculates an approximate prescription using your ability to focus on an image.

Corneal topography

This is a technique which maps the curved surface of the cornea. A 3D map of the eye helps your optometrist to assess any alterations in the shape of your cornea, and to diagnose various visual conditions.


This machine is the most advanced refractive laser system available today. 25 times more accurate than previous, similar laser systems, it can detect even the most subtle eye abnormalities, with the information used to customise the patient's laser eye surgery treatment.


Optical Coherence Tomography is an imaging test which is used in the diagnosis of many eye conditions. It uses light waves to take cross section images of your retina, allowing your optometrist to see its distinctive layers and measure their thickness and helping them to determine any issues.


A tonometer measures your eyes' intraocular pressure (IOP). It blows a gentle puff of air onto the surface of your eye, which flattens your cornea. The extent to which your cornea flattens is then used to calculate the IOP.

iDesign aberrometry

Aberrometry is used to diagnose vision errors, represented by the way that the eye focuses light. The errors can be the more common lower-order (such as near-sightedness, far-sightedness and astigmatism) or higher-order, which are more complex.


This is a simple test which measures the thickness of your cornea, and it helps with diagnosing any eye conditions as corneal thickness can influence eye pressure readings. It helps the optometrist to understand your optical coherence topography reading.

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Our expert consultants will be able to offer you the best possible advice, bespoke to you. No matter what your vision requirements, the team at Optical Express can help. Find out more by getting in touch today.

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Why should you choose Private Cataract Surgery?

If you find yourself in need of a cataract operation, your first thought may be to use your hospital’s eye service for your treatment. While treatment is usually offered by the NHS if your cataracts are preventing you from performing day-to-day tasks such as driving, long waiting lists have resulted in thousands of patients having to delay treatment whilst their vision continues to deteriorate. As studies have shown prolonged vision impairment can lead to age-related cognitive declines such as dementia**, and can make patients more prone to trips and falls. Opting for surgery sooner means you can avoid the risks associated with prolonged loss of vision. 

What’s more, while patients with early-stage cataracts often still experience a decline in their quality of life, treatment is usually not offered until the cataracts progress to a certain stage. This means that your vision will need to have advanced or deteriorated to a certain level, with many patients that have an identifiable cataract not being offered NHS surgery in both or even one eye. As early-stage cataracts can still cause changes to your vision, such as loss of colour perception and reduced quality of vision such as the development of glare and a loss of contrast, opting for surgery might still be favourable, even if you are not eligible for treatment by the NHS.

If surgery through the NHS is not available to you or you would like to receive treatment quicker, it is worth considering opting for private cataract surgery. Optical Express is the UK’s leading private provider of cataract surgery. While the cost of a private cataract operation depends on your prescription and your specific requirements, the range of pricing and finance options we have available make it an affordable solution for all patients.

By choosing to have your treatment with Optical Express, you will be reducing the burden on the NHS while benefitting from the excellent service and high-quality outcomes that we offer every patient. In contrast to the NHS, we can treat both eyes in a matter of days thanks to our nationwide network of clinics, allowing you to start living life to the full once more.

Are you ready to start enjoying complete visual freedom and looking to find out more about the cost of having your cataract surgery privately? Book in for your free consultation now and let our expert team advise you on the cost of your cataract treatment.

*Prices dependent on prescription. Optical Express head office: 5 Deerdykes Road, Cumbernauld, G68 9HF. The figures below apply to patients taking out a finance agreement. Patients who are not taking a finance agreement will be required to pay a minimum deposit at time of booking. **Subject to status. The credit advertised is provided by one of a number of credit providers with whom we have a commercial relationship. Available in UK only.