Ms Laura Crawley,
BSc (Hons), MB ChB (Hons) MRCP, FRCOphth
Ms Crawley is a Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon, Cataract and Glaucoma Specialist at Clinica London. This is the first of her 4 short pieces on cataracts, in order to help you understand cataracts better and decide if you may have one and need cataract surgery, or advise a relative of yours about cataract surgery.
What is a Glare?
Glare is often the first thing people notice when they have cataracts, especially when driving at night. Cataracts can be very disruptive to the things we want to do and need to do every day. Glare due to cataracts can make sunny holidays, crisp winter walks and shopping more problematic. Indeed, even dangerous for ourselves and others. Often people make more and more adjustments to their driving, socialising and work plans to try to avoid situations of glare.
What is a Cataract?
We all get cataracts as we get older- the human lens ‘ages’ just as our skin ages. The lens turns from a clear window into a yellow/brown one, reducing or scattering the light as it enters the eye. The decision to have cataract surgery is driven by how your cataracts affect your day to day. A cataract can be removed at any time and does not need to ‘ripen’.
How do I know if I am ready for cataract surgery?
Cataract surgery techniques have improved immeasurably over the last 20 years making surgery safer. This means we can discuss with you how cataracts affect you in your daily life to make a personalised treatment plan taking into account hobbies, work, family and friends caring & socialising activities. If glare and blurred vision is affecting you and your enjoyment in life then consider a consultation with one of the Clinica London Cataract Surgeons for a cataract check.