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Private surgery

For self-paying patients as well as those covered by medical insurance, we’re also able to provide a private service for cataract and oculoplastic (eyelid) surgeries in our Bristol, Gloucester, Grimsby and Leeds clinics.

Private patients can benefit from more flexible appointment times, as well as extra lens choices for their cataract lens replacement.

Why ‘go private’ with Newmedica?

For cataract treatment it starts with a free consultation

We understand you may need reassurance before going ahead with surgery. That’s why we offer a free, no obligation consultation before you make any commitment, to patients referred for cataract treatment.

Appointment times that suit you

We’ll offer you an appointment within seven days of request and surgery within 21 days after that. So you have the peace of mind of knowing that your cataract will be treated before your vision changes further.

Comprehensive aftercare

We promise to continue looking after you until you are satisfied with your vision. After surgery, you will benefit from a comprehensive aftercare programme that is completely tailored to you. This includes a post-operative follow-up visit with your consultant and a further follow-up appointment with your preferred optician.

Private cataract surgery

During cataract surgery, the cloudy lens is replaced with an artificial one. The standard lens type used for NHS treatment is a monofocal lens, which will restore clear vision. But if you wear glasses now, you will still need at least one pair of glasses after the procedure. Private cataract surgery offers extra lens choices at a small additional cost that might suit you better.

Lens options


The standard monofocal lens is the one most people opt for. After replacement your vision will be clear, though if you wear glasses now for reading or distance you’ll still need them after the procedure. This lens is the only choice offered by the NHS.


Similar to bifocal or varifocal glasses, multifocal lenses will result in improved vision for reading and distance, without the need for glasses in most cases.

Some patients who choose multifocal lenses will also require glasses but most activities can be performed without them.


For patients with astigmatism, a toric lens can correct the astigmatism and reduce the need for glasses with thicker lenses.

Surgery and any specific lens options are subject to medical assessment of suitability.

How much does cataract surgery cost?

Having your cataracts treated with some private providers can be expensive. But with our cataract package, you’ll pay just £1,995 per eye for monofocal lens replacement. That includes your replacement monofocal lens, all pre- and post-operative appointments, and all medication.

Our cataract surgery package
  • Free consultation
  • A set of comprehensive diagnostic tests
  • Surgery at the earliest opportunity
  • The latest lens technology and choice
    of treatment options
  • Tailored aftercare
  • From £1,995 per eye

Private eyelid and tear duct surgery

Sometimes eyelid and tear duct surgery cannot always be funded by the NHS. This will depend on your local criteria and your individual case. Our private services give an affordable option for eye conditions that affect the eyelids or tear ducts.

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How much does the surgery cost?

Each surgery is different and tailored to your individual needs. If you have any questions about available treatments or you’d like a full price list for eyelid and tear duct surgeries, please get in touch with us.

Insured patients

Before any consultation you should always contact your insurer to check that your cover is adequate and that your condition is covered. For instance, is there:

  • An excess on your policy?
  • An annual outpatient charge limit?
  • Outpatient cover regardless of admission to hospital?

Private medical insurance

Newmedica is proud to be recognised by the main private medical insurance companies. If you have private medical insurance, your insurer may cover the cost of your surgery. Just speak to your provider for more information.

We are accredited with the following companies:

  • Allianz
  • AXA
  • Bupa
  • Cigna
  • Exeter Family Friendly
  • General Medical
  • Healix
  • National Friendly
  • Permanent Healthcare
  • SAGA
  • Vitality
  • WPA

How do I become a private patient?

To book a free consultation, you can get in touch with us directly or ask your optician.

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