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Understanding cataract disease

A cataract is a cloudy area in the lens of your eye; it can be in one eye or both and are very common as you get older.

There are over 180,000 cataract surgeries performed annually in Australia, making it the most common surgical procedure. As such, the waiting list for surgery in public hospitals for cataract surgery can be up to 365 days.

Symptoms of cataracts

When a cataract first appears, most people do not experience too much vision disability; however, cataracts can gradually progress and lead to vision loss over time. Symptoms of cataracts include; 

  • Cloudy or blurry vision
  • Colours look faded
  • Difficulty seeing well at night
  • Lamps, sunlight, or headlights seem too bright
  • Seeing a halo around lights
  • Double vision (this sometimes goes away as the cataract gets bigger)
  • An increased need to change the prescription for your glasses often

It is always best to discuss with your optometrist or general practitioner what the best treatment option is for you.

If you have been referred for cataract surgery and would like to speak with one of our surgeons participating in our Rapid Path to Treatment program, call 1800 167 846 or complete the form below, and our team will contact you within two business days.

National Eye Institute, 2021 

Cataract Surgery

  • One single surgery fee
  • The total price advertised is for the surgery, anaesthetics, and hospital fees associated with this procedure.
    Additional fees will be payable to your specialist for consultation and follow-up appointments.

  • Reduced waiting times for consultation & surgery
  • Your expected hospital admission is same day
$3,895

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What's Included, & what isn't included

The Rapid Path to Treatment packages are a fixed cost, and the price will include the following:

Specialist Surgery Fee

Hospital Surgery Fee

Anesthetist Surgery Fee

Medications provided for use during your hospital admission

Discharge prescriptions or medications

Prothesis and disposable equipment used in surgery

Access to a dedicated Nursing hotline, (02) 9001 2065, for on-demand support and advice when you need it following your return home after surgery

Bulk billed post op follow up consultation for one month post-surgery (if you have a Medicare card) - Any appointments outside of the one month aftercare period standard Specialist consultation fees may apply.

Unilateral cataract surgery (single eye)

Use of a standard lens

What is NOT include:

Initial clinic consultation with your surgeon

Any accommodation expenses to access East Sydney Private Hospital, i.e., airfares, hotel accommodation and travel expenses

Any diagnostics such as pathology and radiology imaging for diagnosis or completed in an out-patient setting

Any hardware and disposable surgical equipment used during your surgery deemed clinically necessary but was not included in your initial informed financial consent

If the surgeon deems it clinically necessary for the patient to have an advanced lens additional charges may apply.

*Our goal is to include as much care as possible in our price. Though, certain things are not included as they may not be necessary for the procedure or other reasons, such as an overnight stay in the hospital. Our team aims to ensure that you or your nominated next kin is made aware of any additional charges that may be incurred outside of the bundle package you proceed with; informed financial consent will be provided should this occur.