Cost – How much is cataract surgery?

Most people will qualify for free cataract surgery on the NHS(1).

You can choose to pay for cataract surgery, as a private patient in the UK, and this will usually cost in the range of £2,000 – £4,000 per eye(2), depending on the type of lens that you choose, the clinic you choose to receive your treatment at, and, the type of surgery offered – Refractive Laser-Assisted Cataract Surgery (ReLACS) surgery is usually more expensive (this is NOT general laser eye surgery, such as LASIK, PRK, LASEK(3) etc).

The type of lens that you choose can significantly affect the amount that your cataract surgery will cost. Standard lens implants have a single focal point, optimising vision for short or long distance. This type of lens provides you with excellent vision, but you’ll still likely need to wear glasses for either long or short distance vision.

Multifocal lenses have multiple focus zones, so, people with this type of lens can see well for both close-up and distant objects. These lenses tend to be particularly popular with people that are looking for great vision both at distance and for reading and reduce the need for glasses or contacts.

Extended Depth of Focus (EDOF) Lenses are a recent development in optical technology, allowing the wearer’s eyes to focus, as needed, for clear vision both at distance and intermediately.

The price of cataract surgery can also vary dependent on the region you’re looking for treatment in; prices are generally higher in London, for example, than they are in the north(4).

The threshold for qualification for NHS cataract surgery varies, dependent on your CCG, so it’s best to consult your optician to find out whether you’re likely to qualify.



  1. NHS UK: Cataract surgery
  2. Freedom Vision: Cataract surgery
  3. Laser Eye Surgery Hub: LASIK Vs LASEK Vs PRK
  4. Laser Eye Surgery Hub: Cataract surgery types & prices

Other related questions

  • Glasses – Why do I need glasses after cataract surgery?

  • Surgery – What does an eye look like after cataract surgery?

  • Surgery – How is a cataract operation performed?

  • Near-sighted – Does cataract surgery correct near-sightedness?

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