Although cataract surgery is a very safe procedure that I performed routinely, there are rare complications that can significantly compromise the outcome and nobody should guarantee a 100% outcome. During the preoperative consultation I will discuss in details the benefits and risks of surgery and you will be able to make a fully informed decision.
Does cataract surgery hurt?trusitdave2020-05-10T11:00:41+00:00
Cataract surgery is not painful and is usually performed with drops which numb the eye. For some patients that are not able to keep their eyes still, we use a blunt cannula to place some additional anaesthetic around the eye to freeze it.
I am very nervous about my eyes, can you do something about it?trusitdave2020-05-10T11:01:24+00:00
If you have your surgery in the NHS you are only entitled to one type of lens. Private patients have more choices depending on their lifestyle and the overall condition and shape of their eyes. We all look different and so do our eyes.
Can you guarantee that I will never have to wear glasses again in my life?trusitdave2020-05-10T11:03:01+00:00
I use the latest technology to calculate the most suitable lens implant for every patient to eliminate the need for glasses. However, there are some limiting factors, such as other eye conditions like glaucoma or macula degeneration, which might preclude the use of certain premium lenses that would make you spectacle free. We will be able to discuss all these in detail during the preoperative visit.
Can the cataract come back?trusitdave2020-05-10T11:03:27+00:00
The cataract itself doesn’t come back. A quite common situation is that the lens that contains the lens can become cloudy, in which case you will require a quick outpatient Laser procedure to create a clear opening in that membrane.
What is an Intraocular Lens (IOL)?trusitdave2020-05-10T11:03:52+00:00
During cataract surgery the clouded natural lens is removed and replaced and replacedby an artificial lens (IOL). There are many different options when it comes to IOLs, please refer to the cataract page.
Does the operation take long?trusitdave2020-05-10T11:04:14+00:00
Cataracts progress very slowly and therefore people don’t realise that their vision is becoming impaired. It is only after surgery that you will notice the difference and realise how much dust there is in your house or where that golf ball ended up!
I have private medical insurance, will it cover my cataract surgery?trusitdave2020-05-10T11:05:39+00:00
Cataract surgery is fully reimbursed by all medical insurance companies. Obviously, depending on your policy, you may have to pay an excess. Also, premium lenses are usually not covered by insurance policies.
I will fund the surgery myself, do you offer finance?trusitdave2020-05-10T11:06:10+00:00
You certainly can, but clearly the outcome might not be optimal. We will be able to discuss your suitability at the preoperative visit.
I have other medical conditions (such as wheelchair bound, defibrillator implant, blood thinning tablets, severe breathing problems etc) can I still have cataract surgery?trusitdave2020-05-10T11:07:34+00:00
It is very rare that you cannot have cataract surgery due to medical conditions. During the preoperative assessment I will take a full history and if necessary, I will involve an anaesthetist. I routinely successfully operate on patients with very serious medical conditions or with severe positioning problems. I have a very good theatre team who are very experienced in these cases and will make you feel at ease.
Can I drive for the first consultation?trusitdave2020-05-10T11:08:05+00:00
Usually drops are required for about 3-4 weeks after surgery. After surgery, a member of my team will give you all your drops and give you clear instructions about the precautions for the initial postoperative period.
Who can I contact if I have a question after surgery?trusitdave2020-05-10T11:08:58+00:00
Cataracts usually develop with age. Most people develop some degree of cataract as they get older. Adults may also develop cataracts as a side effect of certain medications such as steroids or as a result of systemic diseases such as diabetes. Some children are born with congenital cataracts, but this is rare.
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