What Is Cataract surgery?

A cataract is an eye condition where the lens of your eye becomes cloudy, making it difficult to see. A small operation can replace your cloudy lens with a clear plastic lens.
Cataract surgery

Public Wait time can be up to

0 days

The Public health system has a waiting period for Cataract surgery in Australia - which is the median across the year 2018/19

cataract SURGERY - who is it for?

Reasons you may need a cataract surgery

Cataracts can make your vision become blurry or hazy. They can also make you sensitive to bright lights, see starbursts around lights, or see everything as slightly faded or yellow. The treatment for cataracts is surgery on the affected eye to remove the cloudy lens and replace it with a permanently implanted plastic lens called an intraocular lens.

How to prepare for a cataract surgery

On the day of the surgery, you will be given eye drops that include an antibiotic. You will have a small plastic tube inserted into a vein in your arm. You might be given an injection around the eye or eye drops to make the eye go numb. Most people have a local anaesthetic, although some have a general anaesthetic. 

Your doctor can give you more information to help you prepare for the operation.

What happens During cataract Surgery?

During the procedure you will be asked to lie on your back for up to 45 minutes. The doctor will make a small cut in the eye to remove the cloudy lens and to insert the plastic lens. There will always be medical staff to talk to during the procedure. If you have any problems, you should tell one of the staff.

What to expect after cataract surgery

Your doctor will probably place a pad over the eye that was operated on. You might have some pain or discomfort in that eye. If you do, you should tell a nurse or doctor so they can give you something to ease the pain.

Cataract surgery is an outpatient procedure and does not require an overnight stay. You should not drive until your vision has returned to normal so you will need someone to take you home. For a few weeks after the operation, you will need to avoid rubbing your eye and strenuous activity.

Self Pay Surgery Costs for Cataract surgery

Cataract Self Pay Surgery Package includes
Cataract Surgery Self Pay Price *

*Please note this surgery is currently only available at Wollongong Day Surgery

$3,500.00

SURGERY - criteria

Do you qualify for This Self Pay Procedure?

You are suitable for this surgery if:

  • You have a Body Mass Index under 40
  • You are over 16 years of age
  • Your are not pregnant
  • You do not require complex rehabilitation or have a chronic disease that would require immediate post-operative care in an intensive care unit
  • You do not have sickle cell anaemia, renal failure or have had a cardiac arrest or cardiac intervention (e.g. insertions of stents) in the last six months

Accepted conditions

As long as your condition is managed, and you are stable upon admission for treatment, we can accept you with:

  • Angina
  • Asthma
  • Atrial Fibrillation
  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Dementia

How it works

Welcome to Self Pay!

Get in touch with Us

Our friendly team is on hand to answer any questions you might have, and explain our self pay solution to you before you start. We’ll make sure you have all the information you need.

Step 1

Speak to your GP

Get your referral

Before you come to see us, speak to your GP or other healthcare professional (e.g. dentist) and ask for an open referral letter.

Step 2

We book your appointment

Consultation booking

Once you have decided you would like to meet your surgeon, we will arrange your first consultation.

Step 3

Visit your specialist

Meet your surgeon

Your specialist will discuss treatment options with you and explain any diagnostic tests you might need as part of your individual care package.

Step 4

Surgery Booking

Book your treatment

You will be given a surgery time with very little wait. Payment is made before you start your treatment.

Step 5

Paying for your surgery

Payment

Payment for your surgery is due once you receive your booking and have accepted and signed your surgery quote. We accept bank cheque, Mastercard, Visa or EFTPOS. Please note that all credit card transactions will incur a 1.5% surcharge.

Step 6

Self Pay Surgery

Have your surgery

Unlike public hospitals, you're going to get in to have your surgery as quickly as the surgeon can do it.

Step 7

Recovery time

Return home after surgery

We will inform you of your expected recovery time and anything to watch out for.

Step 8

Post surgery appointment

Follow up with your surgeon

We will give you an appointment time and date to follow up with your surgeon, at their consulting rooms. This consultation is included in your Self Pay Surgery Package.

Step 9

Enjoy your health

Get your life back on track

We’ll take care of the rest, leaving you to focus on treatment and recovery while our professional medical teams deliver your personalised care.

Step 10

NO MORE HIDDEN FEES

Our mission:
full transparency

Our fully integrated medical services across the entire healthcare spectrum give every patient one-stop access. We collaborate with a wide network of partners, our own private hospitals, specialist surgeons, GP clinics and support health staff.