Cataract Operation Prices

We offer clear and transparent pricing with no hidden costs. Get in touch to learn more or discuss your insurance options.

Private Cataract Surgery Guide Price:

From £3,286 per eye
Waiting time: approx. 1-3 Weeks
Typical stay: 2-4 hours
Procedure time: approx. 30 minutes
Improved vision: 1-3 days after surgery
Private Health Insurance/Self Pay: Yes

Following your initial consultation you will be made clear of the costs to you before you go ahead with surgery.

Multifocal and torics lenses are more expensive than standard monofocal lenses, but not everyone is suitable for them and in many cases monofocal lens will be sufficient. Professor Muhtaseb will assess lens suitability based on your eye health and lifestyle.

Payment plans may be available through the hospital where your surgery is conducted.

What’s included?

Surgeon fees

(Professor Muhtaseb will carry out the advanced micro incision surgery, which means safer surgery and quicker healing)

Nursing and anaesthetist care
Nursing assessment prior to hospital admission
Operating theatre charges
Postoperative eye drops
Aftercare appointments
Monofocal lens implant

Consultation prices

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Based in South Wales, he is one of the very few ophthalmologists working in the UK who is a fellowship-trained specialist in Cornea, Cataract and Refractive Surgery. He holds full specialist registration with the General Medical Council and was appointed as a Consultant in the NHS in 2006.


We are associated with top quality private medical insurance

I am delighted to see self-funding patients, as well as all patients with medical insurance. You may see me, Professor Mohammed Muhtaseb, with any of the below insurers

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Frequently Asked Questions

I found a lower price elsewhere. Is it too good to be true?

If a clinic promotes a free eye consultation with low cataract surgery prices, you
may end up paying significantly more. Here are three key things to consider:

  1. You might get a consultation for free, but it may be only by phone or video call and
    you may be talking to a ‘patient advisor’, not a qualified surgeon. The same may
    apply to the aftercare. You may only meet your surgeon on the day of surgery, and
    thereafter contacting the surgeon who performed your surgery could be a
  2. If a clinic chooses a lens type that does not deliver your desired outcome, or doesn’t
    consider your astigmatism, or doesn’t go through a detailed pre-planning before the
    surgery you might be disappointed with the outcome. If you’re not happy, you
    may find it difficult to rectify the problem or feel uncomfortable with the risks of further
  3. The operation might not be carried out by a consultant ophthalmic surgeon. Not
    all cataract surgeons are on the Specialist Register of the GMC. Surgeons have
    different surgical complication rates, varying experience with different lens implant
    types, and different approaches to treating astigmatism. You won’t be able to check
    safety and outcomes data for your surgeon if you don’t know who will perform the

Private hospitals and clinics providing cataract surgery that is consultant-led will rarely (if
ever) promote themselves based on being cheap. It always advisable that you research the
clinics and surgeons you are considering for your treatment, read online reviews where
available, and ask questions to ensure you make the decision that is right for you.

How much do the other treatments you offer cost?

All treatment plans are individualised to meet patients’ specific requirements and account for the findings of the examination. Therefore, treatment prices can only be confirmed after the consultation when the tailored treatment is agreed with each patient.

What are my payment options?

We offer multiple payment methods to make paying for your consultation and treatment as convenient as possible. These will depend on the location of your consultation and treatment.

We can provide details upon request.

Do you offer interest free credit?

Interest free credit is offered by many private healthcare providers. For each of the hospitals where Prof Muhtaseb treats patients, we will put you in touch with the right person to speak with to discuss your options.

Will I have to pay for additional tests?

Additional tests may be requested and are charged separately. Patients are informed of any charges and must agree to these before any tests are requested or arranged.

Additional tests include:

  • Aladdin biometry
  • Corneal topography
  • Visual fields
  • Retina OCT
  • Anterior segment OCT
How do I pay for premium lenses?

In addition to using standard monofocal lens implants, Prof Muhtaseb is an expert in implanting the latest premium lenses for cataract and refractive lens exchange patients. These include enhanced mono lenses, trifocal lenses, and toric lens implants to reduce your dependence on glasses or eradicating the need for them in most cases.

It would be unusual for your insurer to cover the cost of these enhanced lenses, but you can choose to pay the additional fees for this yourself.

Why should I be cautious about insurance?

Insured patients may find themselves underfunded after insurers unilaterally reduced their reimbursements for surgical procedures.

Some insurers may attempt to only offer consultations with surgeons that are ‘fee-assured’, or send a limited list or surgeons from which the patient is asked to make a selection. However, the choice of surgeon the patient consults belongs to the patient, and Prof Muhtaseb is happy to consult patients carrying insurance from any private medical insurer.

Please do not be put off by attempts to divert your care to a surgeon that is potentially less experienced, whose surgical complication rates may not compare favourably to national benchmarks, or who may not offer the range of lens implants that could fully correct your vision or provide the range of vision without glasses that you desire after your surgery.

If you carry private medical insurance and you would like to see Prof Mohammed Muhtaseb, you would be very welcome in the clinic.

Posterior Capsule Rupture (PCR) is a complication of cataract surgery. The PCR rate is collected at a national level and surgeons benchmark themselves against the national average. In the National Ophthalmology Database audit published in 2022 the average PCR rate for UK consultants was 1.1%. Prof Muhtaseb has a personal PCR rate of <0.25% in his private practice between March 2019 and February 2024. See graph below


Hear from our patients

I think what I really valued in the consultation was an honest assessment of the benefits and also the risks so I went into the surgery literally with my eyes wide open about the high probability of success but also that there would be some changes to the sight I had. I have to say the surgery was very quick and pain-free. I had a little bit of discomfort during the day of the surgery but that disappeared very quickly and I was able to really have a a normal life from then on. It’s been incredibly liberating to wake up in the morning and be able to see without reaching for my glasses.

Cataract Surgery

“No. 1 – My advice would be do it. No. 2 – See Mohammed if you can. I made the decision to not go down the NHS route because I wanted to see the best consultant – probably in the UK… It was absolutely worth it… because you can’t really put a price on your sight.”

Martin Harris
Cataract Surgery & Keratoconus Treatment

“I don’t wear glasses at all now. I don’t need them. I was impressed by his professionalism, his calmness. He explained everything clearly and in layman’s language… I would say to anyone considering treatment: just do it. Don’t be afraid of it. It’s painless and it works.”

Martin Power
Refractive Cataract Surgery with multifocal toric lenses

“I can’t speak highly enough of (Prof Muhtaseb). Nothing was too much trouble, you could phone anytime, day or night. I wish I had done it when I first started wearing reading glasses and just gone to Prof Muhtaseb then and got it done. I would do it all over again, but do it much faster.”

Ann Edworthy
Refractive Cataract Surgery & Piggyback Lenses

“I would definitely recommend the professor. I think his approach is perfect! If you have any anxieties at all – just check with someone who’s had the procedure done. I had no pain at all. I expected a little bit of discomfort – but no pain, that was good. It’s life-enhancing and that’s not something you can put clearly enough. I didn’t realise how green the trees were! It’s lovely!”

Sue Sargeant
Cataract Surgery with a Duet multifocal lens