During cataract surgery the clouded natural lens is removed and replaced and replaced by an artificial lens (IOL). There are many different options when it comes to IOLs, please refer to the cataract page.
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.
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
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.
For nervous patients, I can involve an anaesthetist who will give you either sedation or even put you to sleep, so you will not have any recollection of the surgery.
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.
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.
Blurred or distorted vision. Sensitivity to light, especially bright lights from oncoming car headlights. Need to get closer to see objects, such as road signs. Ability to see near without glasses.
No, if your lifestyle is affected you can have cataract surgery as early as you need.
The costs of standard and premium cataract surgery are shown here.