Cataract Surgery with Thomas Ressiniotis

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“The NHS offers a great cataract service and I’m proud to have performed more than 7000 cataract operations for over 10 years as a substantive NHS Consultant. I deal with some of the most complex high-risk cases with a complication rate well below the national average. Operating in a private setting allows me to bring this experience to you without the wait and gives me the opportunity to choose the best premium intraocular lenses that are not available in the NHS.”

What is a Cataract

In most cases, cataracts occur because of aging. The lens of our eyes slowly becomes less transparent, reducing the amount of light reaching the back of the eye – like a camera with a dirty lens.

By the time we reach 80, almost half of us will develop some form of cataract. At the present time, the only treatment for bothersome cataracts is surgery.

Cataract Surgery

Cataract surgery is one of the oldest, most commonly performed surgical procedures on the human body. It is considered to be one of the safest and most successful procedures in modern medicine.

Every year around 330,000 cataract operations are performed in England alone. It is estimated that 30% of people 65 years or older have a visually impairing cataract in one or both eyes.

The Advantage of Private Cataract Surgery

The entire preoperative assessment, the surgery and the postoperative follow-up is done by myself and you will be able to contact me for any concerns throughout the entire journey. Within the NHS patients cannot always be seen by a senior Consultant.

The NHS has qualifying criteria for cataract surgery. Having surgery performed privately means you can have surgery even if you do not meet the criteria for cataract surgery in the NHS. In other words, you can continue your everyday activities without having to wait for your vision to deteriorate.

I will dedicate as much time as required at every visit until you are happy with every step and will not be rushed to make any decision at any point.

The procedure will be done at a convenient time and place for you and there are no long waiting times.

We will discuss all aspects of surgery, the type of anaesthesia and we will choose the best option that suits you.

We will also discuss the options of intraocular lens implants that are suitable for your particular circumstances. A range of lenses is available, including multifocal ones, which will allow you to see distance and near without glasses.

If you would like to pay for the surgery over a fixed period of time, then financing options are provided by the hospitals I work in. Please ask the any member of my team at Midland Eye or Spire Hospital.

cataract surgery at spire eye centre

Your Choice of Vision Correction

Standard intraocular lenses help focus light so you can see at distance, but you’ll need reading glasses for near or middle distances such as looking at a computer or a phone or reading a newspaper.

The standard or monofocal lenses are a good option if you prefer crisp, detailed vision and you are not concerned about wearing reading or varifocal glasses.

Astigmatism is another cause of optical blur that affects far and near vision and requires glasses.

Toric intraocular lenses are available to improve distance vision so you don’t need glasses for driving after surgery.

Independence from reading glasses

Like the bifocal or varifocal lenses used in your glasses, multifocal lenses have different areas designed for distance, intermediate, and near vision.

The brain and eye eventually gets used to them and there is a very good chance that you will not require glasses for most of your activities.

However, these lenses are not recommended if you have other eye problems such as glaucoma or macular degeneration. For some patients multifocal lenses can cause glare and halos at night.

All of this may seem complex, but during the preoperative consultation we will go through the options and decide which type of lens is most suitable for your needs and your lifestyle.

For example, if you are an avid golfer and you drive frequently at night, you might prefer to choose the monofocal option as it will give you the clearer vision without the risk of glare or haloes. On the other hand, if you are fed up with your glasses we can opt for the multifocal option.


Initial Consultation

from £230

Follow-up Visits

from £150

You’re 3 Simple Steps Away From Clear Vision