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Withington Cataract Centre

Why choose Withington Cataract Centre?

  • A face to face consultation within 2-3 weeks of referral
  • Convenient day case surgery within 1-2 week of consultation
  • Internationally recognised consultant ophthalmic surgeons from Manchester Royal Eye Hospital
  • 100% compliance with the commissioning guidelines on thresholds for cataract surgery
  • Convenient evening and weekend consultations
  • Safe, effective and holistic care
  • 100% of our patients said they would be extremely likely or likely to recommend our department to their friends or family
  • Convenient parking on site just £2 a day

Patient Testimonials

'Everything is lovely, clean and friendly' Sept 2014

'Friendly and helpful - keep up the high standard' Oct 2014

'All good from waiting to seeing doctor and he expalined everything clearly' Oct 2014

'Seen promptly on arrival' Oct 2014

'Friendly staff, so competent - keep up the good work' Oct 2014


Referral is made via your GP or through your community optometrist and their cataract referral refinement scheme. When we receive your referral, you will be sent a letter inviting you to attend a consultation in 2-3 weeks with one of our specialist ophthalmic clinicians.


  • Your visual acuity (eye sight) will be tested by one of our healthcare support workers or nurses
  • A specialist ophthalmic doctor will examine your eyes and discuss with you the effects of your vision on your everyday activities. The doctor will provide you with all the information you need in order to make an informed decision as to whether or not cataract surgery is the right thing for you. During this consultation you will have the chance to ask any questions you have or raise any concerns.
  • If you require cataract surgery, one of our nurses will complete a biometry to measure the dimensions of your eye to determine what size of lens you will require
  • Before leaving the consultation you will be given a date for surgery in 1-2 weeks time if convenient

Please note that the entire consultation can take up to 2-3 hours as it may be required to put drops into your eyes and wait for your pupils to dilate as part of the examination. We do not recommend driving for 1-2 hours after the consultation so you may wish to bring someone with you to the consultation


When you arrive for your surgery you will be admitted and provided with a locker in order to keep your valuables safe during your surgery. You will be taken into day case where firstly the doctor will assess you to make sure you are fit to proceed with surgery. If there are no unexpected health issues, a named nurse will take your history, check your observations and put some eye drops into your eyes. You will then be taken into the aesthetic room where you will be given more eye drops and prepared for surgery.

Surgery can take between 15 and 45 minutes depending on the severity of your cataract. A named nurse will stay with you throughout the entire procedure to ensure you are relaxed and comfortable at all times. Once surgery is complete you will be taken back into the day case area and provided with a hot drink and biscuits. You will need to stay in the day case area for 20-30 minutes following surgery. Before leaving you will be given a letter with details of your post-operative assessment date (4-6 weeks after surgery).

Please note, Withington Cataract Centre operates a pooled service and therefore the clinician you see in your initial consultation may not be the same as the surgeon who carries out your cataract surgery.

If you would like more information about cataract surgery, please read our information leaflets (see links at the bottom of this page) or contact Ruth Mulholland, Unit Manager, on 0161 207 3031

Clinical Lead:

Mr Tim de Klerk, Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon


Withington Community Hospital

Nell Lane

West Didsbury


M20 2LR

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Contact Numbers:

0161 217 3008/ 3036/ 3294/ 3299

To speak directly to Ruth Mulholland, Unit Manager, please call: 0161 217 3031

Opening Hours:

Withington Cataract Centre is open Monday to Saturday from 8.30am to 5pm with later opening times on a Wednesday.

Information Leaflets:

Cataract Information


Additional information for patients undergoing Eye Surgery who are on Anti Coagulant Treatment

Patient information following cataract surgery.

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