A cataract means that the eye’s lens has become cloudy or foggy and is a completely normal development in an ageing eye. Everyone develops cataracts sooner or later. The only known way to treat cataracts is to remove the cloudy lens and replace it with an artificial lens. The timing of cataract surgery is entirely dependent on what problems it causes. Surgery is indicated when cataracts impair vision to the extent that it affects everyday activities such as reading, watching TV, needlework, household chores or driving.

Cataract surgery is one of the commonest and safest procedures performed within the field of ophthalmic surgery. Cataract surgery involves the patient’s own lens being replaced with an artificial lens. The experiences ophthalmologists at Eira Hospital have been performing cataract surgery for over 15 years and we used the latest generation of lenses that have a high optical quality.


  • dazzling lights 
  • a sensation of having curtains in front of your eyes
  • double vision
  • colours fade 
  • the strength of your glasses changes 


New! Cataract information for free

Do you have questions about cataract surgery? You are most welcome to call our customer service 09 1620 570 and leave a call request to get individual information from our specialist. Or send an email to silmaklinikka@eiransairaala.fi.


Prior to the surgery, you meet the ophthalmologist who will be performing the operation. The initial evaluation includes an examination of the structure of the eye. In addition to this, the various lens options are gone over and we work out which lens is most suitable for your specific needs.

Normally, a lens is chose than will make optimal near and distance vision possible following the surgery. Patients with refractive errors can choose a special lens that corrects astigmatism. For some patients, it is possible to use a special lens that replaces progressive glasses, which means that the patient has both near and distance vision following the surgery.


At Eira Hospital, we perform cataract surgery on an out-patient basis with eye-drop local anaesthetic. The eye is numbed using anaesthetic eye drops that remove the sensation of pain and then an approx. 2.5 mm opening is made in the eye.

The patient’s own hard lens is first broken into pieces using a modern phaco technique with the help of ultrasound and sucked out, before the new artificial plastic lens is inserted. The artificial lens will never become cloudy and its strength is individually selected according to the measurements made during the pre-examination. The surgery takes about 15 minutes per eye and the entire appointment lasts about two hours. It is a good idea to bring along a companion, especially if both eyes are being operated on at the same time. When necessary, it is possible to pay a supplementary fee and spend the night in the in-patient unit.


Because we use the latest techniques, the recovery is rapid.
Home after only a few hours. We recommend that you bring a companion with you, especially if both eyes are being operated on.
Your vision is fully recovered after a few days
The surgical incisions heal without stitches
After-care involves using eye drops for 2–3 weeks following the surgery
Sick leave of 1–2 weeks
Follow-up one month after the surgery at Eira Hospital or at the ophthalmologists’

MAKE AN APPOINTMENT with one of our experienced ophthalmologists

Let our ophthalmologists who specialise in cataracts assess when it is time for cataract surgery. The earlier the surgery is performed, the quicker the eye adapts and the easier the operation is. Cataract surgery can be performed even before the vision has become noticeably worse and has begun to disrupt everyday life. At the same time, you are able to get rid of your glasses!

Make an appointment for an pre-examination with one of our experienced ophthalmologists. You will find out which surgical method is most appropriate for your eyes.

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Ophtalmic surgeons at Eira Hospital
Kukkonen_Kirsi-Tiina.jpg Kukkonen Kirsi-Tiina Specialist in ophthamology, Ophthalmic surgeon Book an appointment
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30 min
Heickell Aurora
Specialist in ophthamology
Eira Medical Centre
Tue 14.2.
30 min
Heickell Aurora
Specialist in ophthamology
Eira Medical Centre
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Price list
Cataract surgery Price Eira Terveystili*
Ophthalmologist's pre-examination from 120 €
Specialists in ophthamology    
Heickell Aurora, Specialist in ophthamology
Kukkonen Kirsi-Tiina, Specialist in ophthamology, Ophthalmic surgeon
Mattila Jaakko, Specialist in ophthamology, Ophthalmic surgeon
Oksman Petri, Specialist in ophthamology, Ophthalmic surgeon
Sarmela Johanna, Specialist in ophthalmology, eye surgeon
Virtanen Minna, Specialist in ophthamology, ophthalmic surgeon
Ylitalo Jarno, Specialist in ophthamology, Ophthalmic surgeon
Cataract surgery Price Eira Terveystili*
Monofocal lens
1490 €/eye 129,07 €/month
Toric monofocal lens 1790 €/eye 154,07 €/month
Refractive lens 2650 €/eye  225,73 €/month
Toric refractive lens 3290 €/eye  279,07 €/month 
Other examinations and operations Price   
 Follow-up 1 month after surgery with ophthalmologist 100-150 €   
Topography 36 €  
After-cataract with YAG laser 385 € /eye  

An outpatient clinic fee 22,90 € is added to the price of the appointment.
* Eira Terveystili: e.g. with a 12 months interest installment (includes administration fees 58,80 €).

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