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Cataract Surgery in Ireland.

Fast, Efficient, Cost-Effective Cataract Surgery
in Ireland

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Cataract Surgery
In Ireland

Are you searching for cataract surgery in Ireland?

Are you a public patient residing in Ireland?

Do you require cataract treatment that is covered by Ireland’s public health services?

If you have answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, you may be eligible to receive cataract surgery under the Northern Ireland Planned Healthcare Scheme, with up to 80% of treatment costs reimbursed through the Health Service Executive (HSE).

Say goodbye to long waiting lists, under the scheme, patients can expect swift and efficient treatment at Cathedral Eye Clinic, Belfast, with surgery scheduled within 4-6 weeks of the initial referral.  

At Cathedral Eye Clinic, we understand the importance of timely care, and that’s why we ensure that consultation and surgery can be completed within 48 hours, if required.

Martina Drew from Michael Healy-Rae T.D. in Kerry discusses how their constituents access the cross border services and how easy the end-to-end process is from referral to having your cataract surgery at Cathedral Eye Clinic.

At Cathedral Eye Clinic, our expert team of Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeons, Optometrists and Patient Care Nurses have been transforming the health of Irish citizens, both through the Directive and as private patients (especially in the surgical treatment of cataracts). We take pride in ensuring that applicants meet all relevant eligibility criteria, securing reimbursement from the Health Service Executive (HSE). Our patient pathway has been praised across Ireland for its focus on comfort, care and ideal clinical outcomes.

At Cathedral Eye Clinic, our highly skilled Ophthalmic Surgeons provide patients with the confidence of knowing that they receive full and comprehensive clinical care. Led by Professor Moore, specialists in refractive cataract surgery combine their expertise in pre-operative assessment and surgical skills to ensure the greatest chances of achieving an ideal surgical and refractive outcome after cataract surgery.

Years of research and exceptional audit data have led Cathedral Eye Clinic to introduce artificial intelligence into biometry examinations. This cutting-edge technology aims to enhance the ability to predict refractive outcomes with even greater accuracy, further assisting in improving surgical results.

Cathedral Eye Clinic is exceptionally fortunate to have a full team of highly specialised vitreoretinal surgeons. This team is equipped to handle any immediate cataract complications and subsequent issues that may arise months or years after surgery. As a tertiary IOL exchange referral centre in Ireland, the Clinic has been providing this essential service for many years.

The clinical team at Cathedral Eye Clinic takes great pride in offering the most comprehensive and up-to-date medical and surgical ophthalmic care. This commitment ensures that patients can confidently choose Cathedral Eye Clinic for their eye surgery, knowing they are in capable hands.

Furthermore, Cathedral Eye Clinic has established widespread ophthalmic partnerships throughout Ireland. These partnerships enable seamless referrals and local follow-up care, ensuring patients receive the most expert attention and support, both during their treatment and throughout their recovery.

Treatment Journey

Your 5 step journey to

visual excellence.



A thorough and in-depth initial assessment is performed to determine if you are a suitable candidate for your preferred treatment


meet your Consultant

At this meeting with your Surgeon, we will identify and discuss a recommended, fully personalised treatment pathway



You’ll meet our Patient Care Manager to discuss treatment details and financial arrangements during your visit.


Have your treatment

On your procedure day, our Nurse and Clinical Team ensure your comfort, making the virtually painless surgery a swift experience.


comprehensive after care

Our aftercare package ensures safety and successful treatment. This can be achieved locally through our widespread ophthalmic partnerships throughout Ireland

Cataract Procedure

Cataract surgery comes in two main forms: phacoemulsification, a common day procedure using ultrasound to remove the cloudy lens through a small incision, and extracapsular surgery, which requires a larger incision to replace the lens with an intraocular lens (IOL). The choice of IOL is based on your eye’s characteristics.

    • Improved vision results: The vast majority of cataract surgery patients enjoy improved clarity of vision and colour vision. This is because lens implants are selected to compensate for existing focusing problems.
    • Improved safety and health: Enhanced vision results mean that cataract surgery patients typically experience less falls or accidents.
    • Renewed confidence: Enjoy a new lease of life with your improved clarity of vision.

Treatment Options

Professor Moore discusses your cataract surgery options.


Here are some FAQs for our cross border cataract scheme.

The Northern Ireland Planned Healthcare Scheme (previously known as the Cross Border Directive), allows you to skip the HSE waiting list and receive cataract surgery in Northern Ireland.  You pay for the treatment and then claim the cost back from the Health Service Executive (HSE).

The Northern Ireland Planned Healthcare Scheme is available to Irish residents who are entitled to public healthcare.

You must also have a referral letter from you GP or local Optometrist, addressed to Cathedral Eye Clinic

If you are unsure if you qualify for the scheme, you can check your eligibility status by calling the HSE on 056 778 4546.

You do not need to be on a waiting list to be eligible for the scheme.

No, you do not need to be on a waiting list to avail of the scheme.

The reimbursement amount by the HSE, is based on the what the cataract surgery would have cost in Ireland.  Patients can claim reimbursement for their Consultation and Surgery up to 80%.

You cannot claim reimbursement for travel costs, accommodation or any prescription medicine costs.

Patients can expect swift and efficient treatment at Cathedral Eye Clinic, with surgery scheduled within 4-6 weeks of the initial referral. 

Most patients make two visits to the clinic-

Visit one- Consultation

Visit two- Surgery

However, we can offer consultation and surgery within one visit (48 hours), if preferred. 

Note- overnight accommodation would be required- our Patient Care team can assist in arranging this, however the cost must be covered by the patient.

Yes, the Ramada Hotel, St Annes Square is round the corner – only a 2-minute walking distance from our Clinic.  The Ramada Hotel offer our patients a preferential rate.  This can be prearranged by our dedicated patient care team. 

Yes, we encourage patients to have a companion or family member accompany them for support, to both their Consultation and Surgery.  During surgery, your companion or family member can wait in our relaxed reception area, or take advantage of the many cafes, shops and local sites within walking distance of our Clinic.

Our dedicated Patient Care Team are on hand to guide you through the process from start to finish.  Cathedral Eye Clinic have a dedicated team on hand that assist you with paperwork to ensure a seamless process and reimbursement. 

Cathedral Eye Clinic has established partnerships with local Optometrists throughout Ireland. These partnerships enable post-operative appointments with your local Optometrist, rather than travelling back to Belfast. Ensuring you receive the most expert attention and support, both during your treatment and throughout your recovery.

Once you fill in the booking form, a member of our patient care team from 01 431 1094 will call you and schedule your consultation.  They will talk you through the process and assist you with any queries or concerns you may have.