Is cataract surgery safe?
Cataract removal is one of the safest and most common eye operations performed in the UK. Most people who have cataract surgery have much better vision afterwards.
When will I need cataract surgery?
You will need the surgery when the cataract begins to interfere with your vision. Sometimes if the cataract is early, it only affects the vision a little or not at all and no treatment is needed. When a cataract progresses to the point that it affects your ability to do normal everyday tasks such as:
In these cases, surgery is most likely needed.
Can I have both cataracts operated on at the same time?
It is best to spacee the surgery about one or two weeks apart. Although surgery is very safe, the minute risk of infection inside the eye dictates that surgery is staggered. Also after cataract surgery, the eye should be covered with an eye pad overnight. It is difficult for two eyes to be covered if they are operated at the same time!
Will I be asleep for my surgery?
No, a general anaesthetic is rarely necessary. The surgeon uses local anaesthetic and you will not feel anything.
Will I have to wear glasses afterwards?
Usually, you will still have to wear reading glasses. However, if you opt to have Premium Intraocular lens implanted, that allows you a strong degree of distance and near vision. Ask your surgeon about Premium lenses.
What is an Intraocular lens?
An Intraocular lens is a very highly specialised tiny lens, which is implanted into your eye into the pocket where your natural cataract lens was. It allows you to see clearly after surgery. The nurses at Clinica London measure your eye before cataract surgery to determine the strength of the Intraocular lens you will need.
How soon will I be able to see after my surgery?
Your eye will be covered with a gentle eye pad for the first 24 hours. Once the eye pad is removed by the nurse at Clinica London on Day 1 post surgery, you will already have very good vision, as long as the back of the eye or retina, is healthy.
Do I need to undergo cataract surgery?
Not if the symptoms are early and not interfering with your vision.
How can I improve my vision without surgery?
Often, the symptoms of early cataracts can be improved by simple measures for a period of time before you need cataract surgery. Take these steps to improve your vision:
See optician for new glasses
Use a brighter reading light
Have anti-glare sunglasses
Avoid driving at night or in bright sunlight
Get your diabetes under control
Our Consultant Ophthalmologists specialising in cataract surgery:
Here at Clinica London, we have two ophthalmologists specialising in cataract surgery, Miss Laura Crawley and Mr Jaheed Khan. Both work in the NHS, and also see patients privately at Clinica London. Ms Crawley sees patients at Clinica London on Monday evenings and Wednesday mornings, Mr Jaheed Khan on Monday and Tuesday mornings. They will be pleased to assess and advise you on cataracts.