Travel insurance for cataracts
In the UK, cataracts are common and affect more than half of people over the age of 65, according to the National Health Service (NHS). In fact, this clouding of the lens inside the eye is the main cause of impaired vision worldwide, especially in developing countries. It’s thought that more than 10 million cataract operations are performed around the world every year, with the majority of patients being able to see clearly again.
Although cataracts can be caused by a number of things, the most common factor is old age. Other common causes include; a family history of the condition, tobacco smoking, lifestyle choices (such as a diet that lacks antioxidant vitamins), too much exposure to sunlight, taking steroids for prolonged period and diabetes.
The good news is, Staysure specialises in travel insurance for pre-existing medical conditions and considers all ailments through a simple medical screening process. So, if you plan on going to your dream destination, why not get a quote online or by calling our friendly team of travel insurance specialists on 0800 033 4902.
Why do I need travel insurance if I have cataracts?
A good question and the simple answer is travel insurance keeps you on the safe side. As with any trip, it never hurts to be insured, especially if you are going overseas. Although having cataracts shouldn’t cause you any major problems while on holiday, having a Staysure insurance policy will give you access to 24-hour medical assistance for medical emergencies. Just the peace of mind you’re given by knowing that you will be in safe hands should you have a problem is worth a small expense.
Plus, our Comprehensive policy covers you if you have to cancel your holiday or need extra flights and accommodation due to an unexpected hospital visit. We would also cover your travel companion, children and grandchildren to return to your UK home. Not to mention the fact that our Comprehensive policy will help you replace any lost or stolen medication. All this cover can be added to our Basic policies as an additional extra, but all of our policies cover lost passports and luggage as standard.
Tips for travelling with cataracts or after an operation
- Always ask your doctor if you are well enough to travel before booking a holiday
- Buy a good pair of sunglasses and wear a hat if you are going to a sunny destination
- Provided you have been declared fit to travel, during the first ten days after surgery, avoid rubbing your eyes, swimming and strenuous exercise
- Post-surgery, you should also avoid washing your hair to prevent water getting in your eyes
- If you have sight problems and are travelling by plane, phone the airport in advance to ask for help when you arrive
- Choose your destination carefully if you have sight problems. Make sure you are in a central location and close to all amenities
- Consider getting in touch with a local society for the visually impaired in your destination. They may be able to provide guided tours or offer additional assistance
- Check that your hotel can cater for any needs you have. A good website to visit for people with vision impairment is Vision Hotels. They provide a list of establishments around the UK that are specifically designed for people with sight problems
- If you are a blind or partially sighted golf aficionado, the England and Wales Blind Golf Association might be of interest
- For more advice, contact the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) by calling 0303 123 9999
The National Health Service (NHS) advises all travellers to cover their holidays adequately with a private travel insurance policy, using their European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) as additional cover only. To apply for an EHIC card call 0300 330 1350.
Travel Insurance for Cataracts
Click below to apply for your cataracts travel insurance quote online or call our travel insurance team on 0800 033 4902.