It’s time to focus on the things that matter the most. 

We offer the latest surgical techniques to remove cataracts and improve eyesight, helping you to get back to everyday activities.

Why Northumbria Health

We will listen to you every step of the way, support you along your journey to a better, healthier self. As a private patient at Northumbria Health, patients will be seen and treated personally by their consultant at all times.


Hexham General Hospital

Hexham General Hospital
Corbridge Rd
NE46 1QJ

Consultant ophthalmologist, Gerard Ainsworth talking about cataract removal surgery.

A cataract is a clouding of the natural lens in the eye. The natural lens is a ball-shaped structure which is flattened which does the final bit of focusing on the back of the eye. If this becomes cloudy, this interferes with the vision.

Cataracts are normally caused as a normal part of ageing. There are other conditions that can contribute to the development of cataracts such as diabetes and also lifestyle changes such as smoking and excessive exposure to ultra-violet light.

The treatment involves an operation where a small incision will be made to give access to the lens of the eye. The original lens will be removed and replaced with an artificial lens.

Your vision should improve.

New glasses may improve your vision to some extent but if the cataract is too advanced, glasses will not help. In this case, surgery is the only option to restore your vision.

The operation is painless, however it is not sensation free and it is common to feel pressure during the operation. You may experience an ache around the eye for a day after the operation.

  • Cataract removal (one eye) local anaesthetic £2,207
  • Cataract removal (both eyes) local anaesthetic 3,751

Get in touch

Want to know more about cataract removal surgery? Fill out the form below and someone from our team will be in touch. 



Your request has been submitted successfully. One of our representatives will be in contact with you shortly.