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What you should do if you think you have a cataract

If you think you have got a cataract, you should first see your GP or your optician. Your GP can refer you straight to an ophthalmologist, and your optician can do a preliminary examination to let you know whether you got a cataract and then refer you to the ophthalmologist. By whichever route you arrive to see Mr Jaheed Khan or Ms Laura Crawley, they will be very pleased to see you and welcome you to Clinica London. To make the appointment to see the Consultant Cataract Specialist you should ring Jenny Burrows, the Clinica co-ordinator, on the number you see at the top right-hand side of this page. She will arrange a half an hour slot for assessment. If you have private medical insurance, the two Clinica London cataract surgeons are fee assured with all the private medical insurance companies, and if you are self-payer, Jenny will give you a very reasonable quote for surgery.  We have a standard package, which Jenny Burrows can share with you. If you have private medical insurance, the two Clinica London cataract surgeons are fee assured with all the private medical insurance companies, and if you are self-payer, Jenny will give you a very reasonable quote for surgery. We have a standard package, which Jenny Burrows can share with you.

Before and during your consultation

Before you come to Clinica London, you will have to fill out a registration form in which you give us details about your general health, whether you smoke or drink and whether you have got diabetes or hypertension and what tablets you are on. The nurse will put the information, together with any relevant information in the referral letter from your GP or optometrist (optician), into our medical electronic record system. She will then take you to the consultation room and do some basic measures of your visual acuity, and intraocular pressure and any other small tests that she knows will need doing before you see one of the two consultants. You will then be taken in to see the consultant and they will look at the results of the vision and auto-refraction and intraocular pressure. They will likely ask you to have drops in your eyes to dilate the pupils and while those drops are working the consultant or the nurse will talk to you about your symptoms so that they have an excellent idea of how you are suffering from your visual problem. You should not drive after your pupils are dilated as the drops blur your vision for a couple of hours.

After your consultation

It is very likely that if the nurse and doctor think you have got a cataract, you will have to have some additional tests to make sure there is no other pathology reducing your vision. The other tests will include the ocular coherence tomography (OCT) of the posterior pole and the anterior chamber and front of the lens. They will also do the auto-refraction which is a measure of the refractive error (need for corrective glasses) of your eyes. They will likely do the Californian scanning laser ophthalmoscopy, which is the SLO retinal and optic disc imaging machine, to look at a broad colour picture of your disc and retina and the black and white picture of auto-fluorescence of your choroid.  Armed with those results and their clinical examination of your eye on the slit lamp they will tell you whether or not you have got a cataract. They will then explain to you what the cataract treatment is and will write a report for your family doctor and optician, which you will get a copy of, summarising their findings and recommendations. They will then give you an information sheet about cataract, and once you get their report, you can make up your mind whether you wish to proceed.  If you have got private medical insurance Mr Jaheed Khan or Ms Laura Crawley is fee assured with these insurers, and if you are self-payer, the clinic has a reasonable self-payer package, which Jenny Burrows can provide for you.

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