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Practice Plus Group Surgical Centre, Gillingham

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Private cataract surgery in Kent

Costing from just £1,995

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Why choose Practice Plus Group Surgical Centre, Gillingham for your cataract surgery?

  • Quality of care and outcomes underpinned by ‘Good’ CQC rating
  • Highest levels of cleanliness and zero infection rates
  • Our customer service is second to none, with advice throughout the process
  • No commitment fixed-price consultations at just £95

 

Learn more about cataract surgery

What is a cataract?

Cataracts are a common eye condition. As you get older the lens inside your eye gradually changes and becomes less transparent and this affects your ability to see.

When the lens becomes cloudy, light struggles to pass directly through it and you may notice problems with your vision. A cataract is not a growth or a film growing over your eye; it is simply your lens becoming misty.

What are the symptoms of cataracts?

There are a number of symptoms including:

  • Cloudy vision
  • Changes in colour vision
  • Glare while driving
  • Glare during the day
  • Glasses prescription changes (increased frequency)
  • Double vision or ghosting of images (especially if only noticeable in one eye)
When should I seek treatment for my cataracts?

The most common reason for cataracts is growing older, when natural changes within the lens occur. Most people over the age of 65 have some changes in their lens and the majority of us will develop a cataract in time. Other common causes of cataracts include: diabetes, medications such as steroid eye drops, and previous eye surgery. There is research into other factors which may affect cataract development such as: smoking, lifelong exposure to sunlight, poor diet lacking antioxidant vitamins. In general, the reason for the cataract will not affect the way it is removed.

If you suspect that you have a cataract you will need a professional eye examination by your optician or ophthalmologist. If your vision can be corrected to an acceptable level with glasses or contact lenses, surgery may be avoided at this time. If your vision loss cannot be corrected by the above measures and if this interferes with your daily life (driving, watching television, hobbies) then your cataract will need to be removed surgically.

What does cataract surgery involve?

Cataract surgery is the removal of the cataract and insertion of an artificial lens called an Intraocular Lens Implant (IOL) into the eye. It is the most successful and most frequently performed operation in the UK with over 325,000 cases annually. More than 90 per cent of patients operated on have a significant improvement in their vision. The operation can be performed at any stage of cataract development. There is no need to wait until your cataract is “ripe” before removing it. Most people choose to have their cataracts removed when the change in their vision starts to cause them difficulties in everyday life, such as driving, cooking, or reading.

How long does cataract surgery take?

Cataract surgery usually takes about 15 to 20 minutes and most people go home from hospital about 1-2 hours later. It is done under local anaesthetic, which means you will be awake during the operation but you will not feel any pain. The local anaesthetic may involve eye drops and/or an injection. It is a day case procedure which means you will not need to stay in hospital overnight.

What are the results of cataract surgery?

Patients often report an almost overnight improvement in their eyesight, with many returning to activities such as driving and reading with no further eye problems. Many people who have had cataract surgery also find that they rely less on glasses.

What are the risks and complications of cataract surgery?

The risk from cataract surgery is very low (< 1%) and complications are very rare. After the operation you will be sent home with care instructions and you will need to put drops into your eyes for a few weeks. Provided you follow the advice given to you after cataract surgery your recovery should be complete and complication-free.

Pre-operative assessment

A pre-operative assessment is our opportunity to ensure that the procedure for which you have been referred is right for you. We’ll explain your treatment to you and makes sure that you are well enough to go ahead with it. It is also your opportunity to meet the team who will care for you and to ask any questions.

Find treatment near you

We have nine hospitals across England, from Derbyshire to Plymouth and from Bristol to Kent. All are rated ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’ by the CQC, so whichever Practice Plus Group Hospital you choose, you’ll receive the same high quality care.

Enquire about treatment at our Gillingham hospital or view all of our locations.

Payment options

How do I pay for my outpatient appointment?

A member of the Practice Plus Group team will take payment over the phone when they make the outpatient appointment booking for you.

How can I pay for my surgery?

You can pay for your surgery by debit card, credit card or through a bank transfer (BACS). We accept all major cards except American Express and Diners Club. Unfortunately, we are unable to accept payment by cheque.

When do I need to pay for my surgery?

We require payment in full to have been received at least seven days before the planned date of your surgery.

Can I pay using instalments?

Yes, there are a number of different loans available through our partner Chrysalis Medical Finance. You will need to have an agreement in place with Chrysalis Medical Finance two weeks before the planned date of your surgery.

Can the surgery be paid for through my Private Medical Insurance?

Please contact your private medical insurer to find out if your policy will cover the surgery that has been recommended and that it can take place at a Practice Plus Group hospital. Currently, we are unable to accept Bupa policyholders if they are making payment through their policy.

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Care Quality Commission rated us as 'Good' in December 2019
We have a 100% clean record against hospital-aquired infections
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