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Cataract surgery in Tunbridge Wells - One Eye Total cost £2905
  Consultant fees Hospital fees
Initial consultation £250 No charge
Pre-assessment Included Included
Main treatment Included Included
Post-discharge care Included Included
Subtotals £250 guide price £2655 guaranteed price
Total £2905

The price displayed for your initial consultation is a guideline only as consultant fees vary according to their own individual fee schedules. The price displayed above however for pre-assessment, main treatment and post-discharge care is guaranteed and inclusive of all costs.

I have private medical insurance

Paying for yourself

Cataract surgery with eyesight correction Total cost £3685
  Consultant fees Hospital fees
Initial consultation £250 No charge
Pre-assessment Included Included
Main treatment Included Included
Post-discharge care Included Included
Subtotals £250 guide price £3435 guaranteed price
Total £3685

The price displayed for your initial consultation is a guideline only as consultant fees vary according to their own individual fee schedules. The price displayed above however for pre-assessment, main treatment and post-discharge care is guaranteed and inclusive of all costs.

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Tunbridge Wells Hospital

Kingswood Road, Tunbridge Wells, TN2 4UL

01892 531111
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Why choose Nuffield Health Tunbridge Wells Hospital for your cataract surgery?

At Nuffield Health Tunbridge Wells Hospital our experienced ophthalmologists are experts in performing cataract surgery and offer a range of different lens replacements. Our recently refurbished hospital provides the perfect setting for your cataract procedure, whilst our matron-led nursing team are dedicated to your care during your short stay.

If your interested in cataract surgery, want rapid access to private treatment and wish to find out more, please give us a call or fill in the contact form above.

Cataracts

  • If you have a cataract, the lens becomes cloudy
  • This happens gradually over a period of time
  • Your vision will become blurry as the cataract develops, until the whole of the lens is cloudy
  • Cataracts can happen at any age, but usually develop as you get older
  • Cataracts can also develop due to diabetes, use of steroid medication, trauma or for genetic reasons
  • If a cataract prevents you from reading or driving, day-to-day chores, we would recommend you have surgery
  • After surgery, the cataract will be gone and your vision vastly improved
  • Your eyesight won’t be perfect if you have other eye problems, but you should be able to return to normal activities.

Before your eye surgery

  • Before you come into our Tunbridge Wells Hospital, you will be asked questions about your health
  • Further ‘pre-assessment’ questions may be asked over the phone, or you might be asked to come into the hospital for some simple tests, such as a blood test or a test on the heart called an ECG (Electrocardiogram)
  • Please let us know if you are taking any medication
  • Be sure to bring your medication with you on the day of your operation in their original containers
  • If you do take prescribed medicine on a regular basis, we will give you specific advice about continuing your medication and what to do on the morning of surgery
  • If you are a diabetic you’ll be given instructions about your medication on the day of surgery and told when to stop eating and drinking
  • It is important you tell us if you are taking any type of blood thinning medication (anticoagulant)
  • Medication of this kind can make your blood clot more slowly. We need to ensure your blood is clotting normally before we operate.

Cataract surgery

  • When it’s time to go to the operating theatre, our ward staff will escort/reassure you
  • Once there, our theatre staff will take you to the anaesthetic room
  • You will be given eye drops before your operation
  • These are prescribed by the consultant and are needed to prepare your eye for surgery
  • Cataract surgery is normally performed under a local anaesthetic
  • Your eye surgeon will make a tiny incision in your cornea
  • Using a tiny probe that emits ultrasound waves, your surgeon will break up the cataract and remove the pieces from your eye
  • A new lens implant will be inserted in place of the cataract.

After surgery

  • Once your operation is over, you’ll be taken to our recovery room
  • You will have a protective pad and a plastic shield covering your eye
  • The local anaesthetic does cause numbness, but normal sensation will return within a few hours
  • Your eye may feel little bit uncomfortable but regular pain relief is usually enough to treat this discomfort
  • After the operation you will be given more eye drops to help reduce inflammation and an antibiotic to help stop any infection
  • Try not to touch or disturb your dressings as this can cause infection
  • If you notice discharge or suffer any pain, don’t hesitate to speak to one of the nurses
  • After you’ve recovered from the anaesthetic you can be discharged.

Going home after cataract surgery at Tunbridge Wells Hospital

  • Remember to arrange for someone to drive you home from hospital
  • You may find wearing sunglasses comfortable at first, as your eyes may be sensitive to sunlight
  • You may need help at home for the first 24 hours
  • Avoid bending over as this may cause pressure on your eye
  • Your eye may be red and bright lights could be uncomfortable
  • Your eyesight should improve within a few days, although complete healing may take several months
  • You can shower or bath and wash your hair after 48 hours, but be careful not to get soap and water in your eye
  • It is important that you don’t rub your eye
  • To prevent yourself doing this in your sleep, you will need to use the plastic shield taped over your eye at night for one to two weeks
  • Keep the plastic shield clean by washing it with soap and water
  • If you go outside, protect your eye with glasses to avoid anything such as dust or grit blowing into it
  • If you find that your eyes become sticky, you can gently wipe the eyelids with cotton wool dampened in cool water that has been boiled
  • It’s usual to return to see your consultant as an outpatient after your operation
  • You will be given details about any appointments before you leave us.

You will be prescribed eye drops to use when you get home. These will have been tested to make sure they are free from germs. To keep them in good condition, please make sure you:

  • Keep the bottle tightly closed when not using the drops
  • Keep the drops in the refrigerator if you are told to
  • Do not put the dropper down on any surface
  • Do not let the nozzle of the dropper touch your eye or fingers
  • Never lend your eye drops to anyone else
  • Dispose of your eye drops after four weeks. (When you open the drops, write the date on the bottle, so you know when to throw them away)
  • When you get home, you should rest for the first two or three days, but it is important to keep mobile.

Eye drops

  • Before using your eye drops, wash your hands thoroughly
  • Tilt your head backwards and look up; pull down the lower eyelid until there is a small pocket
  • Squeeze the dropper bottle and allow one drop to enter the pocket between the lower lid and the eye
  • Don't let the dropper touch your eye or eyelid
  • Close your eye and blink several times, but do not rub.

Getting back to normal

  • If you work, your ophthalmology consultant will tell you when you are able to go back to work
  • This will likely depend on the type of job you do
  • You should avoid excessive bending, lifting heavy objects and doing any strenuous activity for four to six weeks after surgery
  • You can do light jobs, housework and cooking almost immediately after the operation and you will be able to read, watch TV and go out as usual
  • You should be able to get back to most of your activities by four weeks, as long as your eye has healed
  • You can wear glasses if they help with your vision. However, you will need new glasses after the treatment and should visit your optometrist to get them
  • Driving is dependent on your vision. You should check with your surgeon when you can drive again
  • If you are in any doubt about your insurance cover, it’s best to contact your insurance company.

Possible complications and risks

As with all surgery, there are risks involved. Your consultant in Kent will be well informed about all of these and can talk you through them and reassure you. General complications from surgery include:

  • Pain
  • Bleeding
  • Infection.

Specific complications of cataract surgery may include:

  • Aching of the eye
  • Bruising of the eyelid
  • Blurry vision (full healing will take several months)
  • Thickening of the lens casing (the part which holds the lens in place). This can be corrected with laser eye surgery.

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