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Cataract Eye Surgery in London

Cataract surgery or lens replacement surgery is the removing of the natural lens of your eyes when there is opacification (a cataract). These days, cataracts are a common and age related problem that affect nearly half of people over 65 years of age which makes the surgery a frequently performed operation in the UK. If your eyesight is affecting your job, life, hobbies, or well-being, then the ophthalmologists at Optimal Vision will be able to replace the cloudy lens and help to restore clear vision within a few days.

URDERSTANDING CATARACT SURGERY

At the clinic, our eye surgeons conduct cataract surgery as a day case. The surgery will be done under local anaesthetic in around 15 to 20 minutes.

Your surgeon will create a small cut in the eye(usually 2.5mm) and remove the lens with advance equipment including ultrasound. The replaced artificial lens is made of a non-reactive substance such as acrylic or silicone which will be placed carefully where your natural lens used to be therefore is behind the colour part of your eyes .

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Am I THE RIGHT CANDIDATE FOR A CATARACT SURGERY?

Nearly 1 in 2 people who are over 65 suffer from cataract with impaired vision in one or both eyes.

When your vision is affected by cataracts, you feel slow and uncertain when you undertake some tasks.

If your eyes are not functioning properly, cataracts may be blocking incoming rays of light from entering your eyes. Even when you wear new glasses, your vision won’t improve.

Due to the progress of cataracts, the effects might have a great influence on your life. It is also the leading cause of fall and injury in developing counties.

After cataract surgery is done, your eyesight will improve and you will be surprised at the positive reaction that this freedom can have on yourself and even your family.

Treatment for cataracts is advanced and now available. You can enjoy the wonderful benefits of undergoing modern cataract surgery and start living a full life, once again.

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WHAT SURGICAL PROCEDURE INVOLVE IN CATARACT OPERATIONS?

Your eye surgeon will take you through a series of extensive measurements and test to evaluate your vision and eyes before the surgery. Our team will also have a look at your medical history, any medical conditions you may be suffering from and any other problems you have related to your vision. These tests and measurements will help us to decide the option when it comes to cataract surgery.

You’ll be under the effect of local anaesthesia during the operation and no pain or discomfort is expected. The surgical procedure will take about 20 minutes after which you can go home when you feel comfortable, however we recommend you to be accompanied by a friend or family member.

During the cataract surgery procedure, with the help of laser and modern technology including ultrasound, the doctor removes the cataract and replace it with another lens. This procedure is performed through a small incision of 2 to 3 millimetres only and it is painless.

HOW A CATARACT IS REMOVED

Modern cataract surgery is an advanced method by replacing the lens of the eye using a microscope. The eye surgeon uses 2 to 3 micro-incisions which are 1.5 to 2.7mm in size. The surgeon can dismantle and combine the cataract through a specific method called phacoemulsification. After this, he will remove the cataract, leaving your lens capsule undamaged. An artificial lens will be placed within this capsule and the new lens is now replaced.

WHAT TO DO AFTER HAVING CATARACT SURGERY

You will be given anti-inflammatory drops to use for at least two weeks as well as an antibiotic. Use them as suggested by your eye surgeon.

You won’t be able to use a steam room or swim for at least two weeks after the operation.

You may continue driving once you are able to read the number plate at the required distance, our team will inform you when you legal to drive this is usually after few days.

Daily bathing and washing your hair are okay after first 24 hour but you should not put soap near the eye for at least to 1 weeks after the surgery. This is because they may cause irritation to your eye and rubbing it will disturb the wounds.

It is suggested you wear a clear eye shield during the night for at least two weeks which we provide for you. This can prevent unconscious rubbing of your eyes while you sleep.

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WHAT TO EXPECT AFTER A CATARACT SURGERY

Your eyesight will begin to improve within few days after the surgery. You may have blurred vision during the first few days and immediately after the surgery although you can still see but may not be very sharp.

If you are wearing strong correction in your other eye, then you might feel that the eyes seem to be 'unbalanced' during the time immediately after the procedure. Make sure you take care pouring hot drinks or descending from the stairs.

DETAILS ABOUT COMPLICATIONS

  • Bloodshot eye - Your eye may appear slightly red after surgery. It will become fully white and healthy usually within two weeks.
  • Allergy to post-operative drops - Most patients can tolerate the post-operative drops well but some patients may be sensitive to preservatives rather than drug ingredients. If this is the case, then your eye surgeon can suggest preservative free drops.
  • Raised eye pressure - This will need temporary treatment with some drops if eye pressure raised more than expected. It is quite common among patients who suffer from diabetes. Your eye surgeon may suggest additional eye drops for few weeks to lessen the chance of it recurring.
  • Cystoid macular oedema - This when some inflammatory fluid collect within your retina, this condition is common among patients who suffer from diabetes.This fluid is usually temporary and will resolve with some extra eye drops after few weeks.
  • Refractive surprise - Proper measurements called biometry are usually done as a part of the pre-operative evaluation. Your eyes curvature and measurements of the length are extremely important to selecting the right kind of lens. Even with the most accurate measurements, however the prescription may be different to what is expected. In this case correction with glasses will be needed. The implanted lens might be exchanged.
  • Posterior capsule rupture - The capsule holding your lens is a delicate structure and it can potentially be disrupted during the procedure. This may make surgery more complex and your surgeon may need to use different type of lens. In rare occasions the surgery may be conducted in 2 parts rather than a single sitting. It might be a good idea for the eye surgeon to remove the cataract in the first part itself enabling your eye to settle down in the 4 to 6 weeks before the new lens is implanted. It will require a longer time for the eye to recover though a positive result can be expected.
  • Corneal decompensation - Your eye’s cornea is the window at the front of your eye. With age, the function begins to decline. Cataract surgery may cause further deterioration of this age related change which can result a cloudy cornea. Mostly, this will be temporary and settle in time or with extra drops. There are certain cases when further surgery will be required to replace a part of your cornea.
  • Retinal detachment - This is extremely uncommon, after cataract surgery however is a known complication which need further surgery with retina surgeon to be corrected, high short-sightedness carry higher risk of this condition although still rare.
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HOW CATARACT SURGERY WORKS

Cataract surgery is usually done with local anaesthetic drops.

The procedure starts with the lens being liquefied and then removed through an opening which is usually about 2-3 mm.

It will take about 15 to 20 minutes and is pain free.

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PROS AND CONS OF A CATARACT SURGERY

Cataract surgery is among the most successful operations in the healthcare sector.

After you are treated, you can resume normal life. Patients can enjoy improved vision after cataract surgery.

At Optimal Vision, your surgeon aim to correct your prescription as well as removing your cataract however you will still need reading and near glasses. If you wish to be completely glass free you need to speak to your surgeon about option sof multifocal lenses and whether you can be a candidate.

Most patients can resume their routine tasks without having to wear glasses, post-surgery.

DIFFERENT OPTIONS FOR A CATARACT SURGERY

As the fixed-focus implant is artificial, it cannot autofocus which means you will need your reading glasses for close work, after the surgery.

Monovision is when one eye is focused for near view and the other has been focused for distance vision. This can be done during cataract surgery as well however you need to discuss this with your surgeon about your suitability.

Some patients find this kind of vision extremely helpful while others have really faced difficulty in getting their two eyes work together without the glasses. There may be an area where near and far vision do not seem to overlap and glasses will be necessary. The brain will soon adjust to the new vision.

Our eye surgeons can provide you with a trial of monovision through the contact lenses. This will enable you to know if it would be suitable for you.

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RECOVERY AFTER CATARACT SURGERY

You must rest in the outpatient area before returning to home. Ask someone to drive you home after the surgery.

It is extremely important to be consistent with your post surgery eye drops and instructions suggested by your ophthalmologist for better recovery. You should take proper care of your eyes to protect them by wearing an eye shield while sleeping which we provide. Make sure you do not rub your eyes after the surgery.

During the first day of recovery, you should not do strenuous activities such as exercise or heavy lifting. Try not to get any dirt, water or dust in your eye as that can cause infection. You will be able to resume your normal daily activities in 3 to 4 days.

You might experience blurred vision for a few days to weeks after the surgery. If you suffer from loss of vision or any pain, then see your ophthalmologist with.

COST FOR CATARACT SURGERY

Cataract surgery is the most common operation in the UK. When you visit Optimal Vision for the procedure, the surgeon will explain the cost of cataract surgery. We will provide you with quality care and treatment customised to your need and eye condition. Our experience team and surgeons deliver top rated service from start to finish and will be with you through all your journey.

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We will provide you with a comprehensive consultation from our ophthalmic surgeon who assesses the condition of your eyes and suggest you with the most suitable treatment options.

WHY CHOOSE OPTIMAL VISION

We are dedicated to providing you with personalised healthcare with world-renowned consultants available to offer health treatment and advice.

Our clinic is situated in the heart of London and the eye surgeons use state-of-the art equipment to treat eye conditions and improve your vision.

We provide affordable packages for eye treatment so that you can have better vision.

Talk to your eye surgeon about the exact problem you are facing before undergoing surgery at our clinic.

We have already treated many patients successfully and they recommend us to their friends and family members.

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Frequently Asked Questions About The Cataract Surgery

Just like it is with every other treatment procedures, it is only natural to have questions. Find the answers to most of our frequently asked questions below

Cataracts occur when there is a cloudiness of the eyes natural lens which is normally known to lie between the front and back areas of the eye.

Although most cataracts are known to develop over time slowly among people who are above 50 years of age, infants and younger patients may also have congenital cataracts, and this is only known to occur in rare cases.

Cataract surgery simply involves removing your cloudy natural lens and replacing it with a premium synthetic lens. This lens is specifically designed to improve your vision so that you rely less on glasses and contact lenses

No! Since synthetic lens sits within the eye, rather than on the surface as it is with contact lenses, you won't feel the synthetic lens in the eye.

You should only go for your cataract surgery when your cataracts start affecting your everyday vision. In other words, if you have trouble driving, reading, and watching TV, then it is high time you spoke to your eye doctor.

There are no clear or concise ways to prevent cataract, as they are simply part of the ageing process and are caused by the natural build-up of protein in your eye's lens. Thanks to cataract surgery, they can be treated with little or no risk and can be controlled if done with the right eye care provider.

Just like it is with every other surgery, they usually come with some level of risk. However, they are the most commonly performed surgical procedure in London and the United States. Choosing a surgeon with proven years of experience will help to reduce this risk to the barest minimum.

 Some of the risks of cataract surgeries may include infection of the eye, inflammation, glaucoma, swelling and redness of the eyes, secondary cataract, or loss of vision.

The short answer is no. However, you can manage the early symptoms of cataract with the help of your doctor recommendations and prescription until it is time to have your surgery.

In most cases, patients should be able to return to their usual activities after 3 days. Nevertheless, since every patient is unique and different, we make use of how severe our patient’s condition may be in making recommendations. Hence, your surgeon should be able to provide you with the best recommendation suitable for you.

Like earlier stated, you can expect your vision to start improving within a few days of your surgery.

Nevertheless, it may take a longer time for your vision to absolutely return to normal. However, if you wear glasses as a result of astigmatism, and don’t choose a lens that generally corrects cataracts and astigmatism; you will still need to wear the glasses after your surgical procedure. The same applies to other vision problems or conditions. Make sure you speak to your surgeon on what you should expect after your surgery.

The cost of a cataract lens surgery will strictly depend on some factors, including where you live, your choice of doctor, prescription and your choice of lens. You should be able to have a clear overview of your surgical cost after an initial consultation with your doctor.

Depending on your needs and what you want to achieve, you can talk to your eye doctor about advanced technology lenses that can be used to correct cataracts and other vision issues like astigmatism and presbyopia

Your choice of lens can make a lot of difference to your vision after surgery. If you have astigmatism for example, then advanced-technology lenses that are effective in correcting both your astigmatism and cataract may be your best shot. For some other cases where the patient may have difficulty seeing things close due to presbyopia, there are also lenses available to help you ease this eye condition, without having to depend on reading glasses.

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A relatively large number of cataract surgeries numbering around 32 million have been deemed likely to occur across the world annually before the year 2020 — this is according to the World Health Organisation.

Cataracts require minor treatment, and due to the presence of highly trained surgeons and modern equipment at our disposal, we can assist a large number of individuals in treating this problem.

To discover if you are qualified to undergo this surgical procedure, get in touch with us at Optimal Vision located in London. Our team of professionals will be on hand to perform various tests to ascertain the right treatment plan for you.

The correct answer is any individual who shows signs of possessing cataracts. The high number of people who show signs of having cataracts are the ones recommended to undergo cataract surgery. Know that your optometrist will record your age, your current health condition, diagnosis and other vital information to ascertain if you’re qualified to undergo the surgery.

The truth is that you’ll experience minor pains. Although you will be conscious all through the time the procedure is being conducted, you will be administered an anaesthetic to help you relax while the surgery procedure is being carried out. When the anaesthetic begins to leave your system, you may start experiencing some pains, which can be reduced by taking painkillers.

The correct answer is yes. Cataract surgery is also recommended for patients having long-sightedness (hyperopia).

The correct answer is yes. Your synthetic lens will effectively take care of any problems interfering with your sight, including long-sightedness and short-sightedness.

The correct answer is yes. Cataracts are predominantly found in individuals who possess certain health conditions, as well as diabetes.

The correct answer is yes. Premium synthetic lenses can be provided for individuals having average to increased astigmatism. They'll make you see clearly, so that there will be no need for spectacles in case you want to see far, but you may require the spectacles when reading.

The number of individuals that don’t require this surgery is few. Most patients are expected to undergo this cataract surgery. Although in any situation in which it is not an eligible option for you, our highly trained medical optometrist at Optimal Vision, London will provide you with the most advisable option to solve your problem effectively.

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