What is the difference between having cataract surgery on the NHS and privately?

Both procedures are very safe, well supervised, and enjoy excellent results. Some of the advantages, why patients wish to go privately, is they can choose a particular consultant surgeon that they wish to operate on them. They are also free to choose a time and place suitable to them, and finally, there is a slightly better choice of different lenses that we can implant within the eye. For example trifocal lenses, which give you distance, middle and near vision, or toric lenses that help to address some of the astigmatism of the eye. So, those are some of the advantages of a patient deciding to go privately rather than on the NHS.

What is the difference between having cataract surgery on the NHS and privately? Both procedures are very safe, well supervised, and enjoy excellent results. However, there are some advantages to having cataract surgery privately such as the patient can select a particular consultant surgeon to operate on them, choose a time and place most suitable to them, and have a slightly better choice of different lenses to be implanted within the eye.

Of course, one of the disadvantages of having private cataract surgery is that you have to pay for it. Private cataract surgery may be through medical insurance, or you can do it as a self-pay patient. However, as I said, the advantages are that you can choose which consultant surgeon you wish to operate on you and you can have the condition treated as early as you would like. So if it is impacting on your daily activity or if you have a hectic job you can get this done as quickly as possible and get back to your routine lifestyle.

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