Mr Venki Sundaram
Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon
MD FRCOphth MRCOphth BMBCh BSc Harpenden / Cobham Clinic: 01582 714451 Bushey: 0208 901 5561

What to Look for When Choosing a Cataract Surgeon

Is your level of vision due to a cataract starting to interfere with your everyday life? It may be time to consider having cataract surgery.

But with so many surgeons out there to choose from, how do you go about choosing a cataract surgeon? Follow our advice on what to look for when choosing your cataract surgeon…

Do your research

When choosing the right cataract surgeon for you, make sure that you do your research to ensure that the quality of treatment and care that you will receive is as expected.

Academic background and experience

As part of your research, learn more about prospective surgeons by reading about their academic achievements, their qualifications and their experience in performing cataract surgery. Information such as this will be readily available online on websites such as Bupa Finder.

You will want to choose a surgeon with years of experience, such as Mr Venki Sundaram, and vast knowledge behind them to ensure that you’re getting specialist, reliable treatment.

Patient reviews

Online patient reviews are a good source for finding prospective cataract surgeons and gaining an insight into previous patients’ experiences. There is an abundance of review platforms online, such as iWantGreatCare, where patients have reviewed different surgeons based around a number of criteria and have left their comments.

Case studies and testimonials

Case studies and testimonials are another great source of information for finding out more about previous patients’ experiences.


Cataract surgery is a very common procedure so it’s likely that you already know someone who has had this surgery. Check with your trusted family and friends to see if any of them have had cataract surgery and see if they have anyone that they can refer you to. Find out the name of the surgeon they had and whether they had a positive experience.

Some questions you may wish to ask them include:

  • Were the surgeon and the staff friendly and helpful?
  • Did the surgeon explain the procedure and the next steps?
  • Were you made aware of your options, including alternatives to undergoing surgery and the types of lenses available?
  • Was the outcome positive?
  • What aftercare was provided?

Speaking to your family and friends about their experiences may also help to relieve any fear or stress you may feel surrounding your cataract surgery.

NHS and private cataract surgery

Another important consideration when choosing a cataract surgeon is whether you would like to receive treatment through the NHS or privately, as many surgeons offer both private and NHS treatments. This is often a personal choice based on what course of action you would like to take.

There are a number of benefits to choosing private cataract surgery. Going private for your cataract surgery often means that you’re more likely to have a range of lens implants to choose from, personalised after care and significantly shorter waiting times.

Contact us today

If you’re looking for the right cataract surgeon, find out more about Herts Eye Surgeon, Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon, Mr Venki Sundaram.

Make an enquiry with us today and get everything you need regarding treatment options and the next steps.