Bespoke cataract surgery in 2022
What is a cataract?
A cataract is when the lens of the eye becomes cloudy. As a result, less light can pass through to the back of the eye. It is more common as you get older but can also be caused by trauma, UV light, glaucoma, diabetes, smoking, steroid eye drops and previous eye surgery.
How do I know if I have a cataract?
Cataracts can present with a wide variety of symptoms but the most common ones are blurred or faded vision, glare and haloes (especially when driving at night) or light sensitivity. It can be picked up by having your eyes examined by an Ophthalmologist or Optician.
How are cataracts treated?
Over 400,000 cataract operations are performed each year in the UK.
Modern advancements mean cataract surgery is quick and painless with a very fast visual recovery. A small incision is made and the cataract is broken down with ultrasound or laser energy.
There are no stitches and the operation lasts less than 20 minutes.
What are the lens options available?
I often tell my patients that cataract surgery is a chance to reset your vision to fit your lifestyle. Monofocal lens available on the NHS will need spectacles after surgery to correct near and possibly distance vision as well. Premium lens can get you out of glasses altogether and your Ophthalmologist will advise you if you are a suitable candidate.
What is your message for someone thinking of having cataract surgery?
Cataract surgery can be an opportunity to dramatically improve your vision but what is really striking is how regularly my patients tell me how their confidence and quality of life has improved.