Cataract Surgery

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If you have cataracts, surgery is the only permanent and effective solution. It is a highly successful and safe procedure that involves removing your cataractous (clouded) lens so you can see better and do more. Arrange a consultation with one of our specialists today to learn more. At Oculase, we specialise in complex cases.

What is cataract surgery?

During cataract surgery, we make a tiny cut through which we replace your natural lens with an artificial one. You won’t need stitches, and your vision generally improves rapidly within days. If you choose an advanced technology lens, it’s likely that you will not need glasses after the procedure. 

Signs that you need surgery include difficulty reading signs when driving, a disabling glare while driving at night, and trouble participating in hobbies due to poor vision. If cataracts are affecting your quality of life, this is when we recommend surgery. 

Without surgery, cataracts will worsen and could lead to total vision loss. Leaving treatment too long may also require you to have more complex surgery.

Refractive cataract surgery

This procedure removes a cataract and aims to correct refractive errors, which can cause poor vision. Refractive errors are problems in the way the light bends within your eye. They include short-sightedness (myopia), long-sightedness (hyperopia), and astigmatism.

Video FAQs

How cataract surgery works

Cataract surgery is a simple procedure that usually lasts less than 15 minutes. We will replace your cloudy lens with a monofocal (single focus) lens. A monofocal lens allows for good vision at one distance, but you will need glasses for excellent sight at all other distances. However, we also offer advanced technology lenses for improved vision and the chance to live without relying on glasses. Read our blog to learn what happens during cataract surgery. 

If you are concerned about your cataracts and want to explore your treatment options, talk to one of our specialists about this surgery. They can answer your questions, explain your options, and help you make the best choice for your needs. 

Multifocal lens implants

Premium options include trifocal and extended depth of focus (EDOF) lens implants. To be eligible for these lenses, you will need a prescription that falls within a specific range. Our experienced consultant, Mr Tariq Ayoub, may perform further tests to check if you are a suitable candidate for this type of lens replacement surgery. If you are, the procedure has the potential to eliminate your need for glasses or contact lenses. 

Read our blog to learn more about trifocal and EDOF lens implants: Types of lens implants used in cataract surgery. 

Your consultation

During your appointment, our specialist will talk to you about the different types of lenses that may work for your eyes. We will ask you about any symptoms you might be experiencing, your overall health, and your eye health to help determine the best course of action. If necessary, we may recommend some diagnostic tests to help make a more accurate diagnosis. 

Our specialists have performed thousands of procedures – simple and complex with outcomes that are much better than the national average.


Surgical treatment improves your vision and brings many other benefits. These can include:

  • Freedom to participate in more activities
  • Richer and more enjoyable experience of life
  • Decreased risk of falls and fractures

With refractive surgery, you may also benefit from vision improvements beyond cataract removal. You will rely less on glasses or contact lenses and there are associated cost savings to combining the procedures. Depending on the lens you choose, you may also be able to live glasses-free. 

Patient Testimonial

In the video below, Roy describes his journey from diagnosis to being treated at Oculase. He shares that his optician recommended Mr Ayoub for another opinion.


If you need a second opinion on your eye health and treatment options, ask one of our specialists for advice.


We want to assure you that while all surgeries carry a degree of risk, this procedure is highly safe and effective. After your surgery, you may experience temporary side effects, including: 

These side effects should only last a few days. Complications are rare but can include infection, inflammation, bleeding, and retinal detachment. If you have any concerns, we encourage you to read our blog: What are the risks of cataract surgery? Our specialists can also answer any questions during your consultation.


Our eye specialist will explain how to care for your eyes after the procedure. We will send you home wearing an eye shield that you’ll need to use at night for at least a week.

Please arrange transport home after the procedure as you cannot drive. 

It may take four to six weeks for your eyes to heal fully, and you’ll have to stop some activities temporarily while your eyes recover.

You can learn more about what to expect after surgery and read some helpful aftercare tips in our blog: Top tips after cataract surgery.

How much does surgery cost?

At Oculase, cataract surgery costs start from £2,250 per eye. The exact cost of your procedure will depend on how complex your surgery is, and which lens you choose.  

We also work with all major insurance companies, as shown on our Fees page. 

refractive cataract surgery

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You deserve an excellent quality of life, and cataract surgery can help you achieve that. With surgery, you can reduce your reliance on glasses or contact lenses and enjoy clearer vision. Our specialists will advise on the most suitable treatment for you after a thorough consultation and testing. 

Take the first step today by booking an appointment. Your eye health is important, and we can help you put it first.


    This will depend on the health of your eyes and choice of synthetic lens implanted in your eye. Use of a Trifocal Advance Technology Lens generally reduces the dependence on glasses.

    During your consultation, Mr. Ayoub will discuss the various lens options available to you and advice you on the suitability of each lens for your eye.

    The surgery is generally pain free as anaesthesia in the form of drops is used during the surgery to numb the eye.

    Yes, you have the option of having both eyes done on the same day.

    Generally, most people are ready to return to work/general day-to-day activities 3 days after surgery. However, heavy lifting and strenuous activity should be avoided for 2 weeks after surgery. Mr Ayoub will discuss your personal circumstances with you during your consultation.

    You can resume driving when the legal standard is met, typically one week after surgery. Mr Ayoub will discuss your personal circumstances with you during your consultation.

    No, cataracts cannot come back because the natural lens has been removed. However, if you experience similar symptoms after your surgery, you may have posterior capsular opacification (PCO).

    PCO is a common complication that can occur weeks, months or years after your treatment.

    We use a computer-guided laser to create the surgical cut to remove your cataracts, instead of a surgical blade. We can also use it to soften your natural lens with the cataract, which makes the removal process easier.

    Laser cataract surgery is associated with fewer complications and a faster recovery, though not everyone is suitable for it. Discuss your circumstances with our ophthalmologist.

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