Cataract surgery has become one of the most common surgical procedures in the UK. Cataract formation is a part of the natural ageing process of the eye.
Approximately 300,000 cataract operations are performed each year in England.
What is a Cataract?
A cataract is a clouding that forms in the natural lens of the eye. It is caused by a 'denaturation' of the protein that makes up the natural lens in the eye. Age is the most common risk factor for cataracts but there is also increased risk with long term exposure to ultraviolet light, radiation and health conditions such as diabetes.
By replacing the cloudy natural lens with a synthetic lens, clear vision can be restored.
AccuVision offer convenient access to cataract treatment and a variety of advanced lenses, to provide the optimum improvement in your vision.
As with all procedures, extensive diagnostic testing and planning is required before treatment can commence. The detailed consultation will be performed by one of our highly experienced Ophthalmologists who can guide you on the most suitable treatment options.
Cataract Surgery Procedure
Your cataract eye surgery procedure will be performed in a specialist, sterile theatre and the operation itself takes about 25 minutes. For treatment of cataract, a local anaesthetic and/or injection anaesthetic drops are used to first numb the eye. You will not therefore feel any pain with cataract surgery. Drops to dilate the pupil are also used.
A small incision is made at the edge of the cornea through which the natural lens is removed and the new lens inserted.
The natural lens of the eye has a diameter of around 12mm, so to take it out in one piece would require an incision at least this long for cataract eye surgery. A large wound creates many complications so to overcome this problem cataract eye surgery is performed through a small, 3mm incision using a procedure called phakoemulsification. The phakoemulsification instrument has a small probe connected to an ultrasonic transducer. The ultrasonic vibrations fragment the hardened lens matter and these are drawn out through the small incision. Once the cataract removal has been completed, an intraocular lens implant is introduced through the same small incision. Modern intraocular lenses are made from various deformable plastics and can be rolled or folded-up and injected into the eye. Once inside the capsular membrane (remnants of the natural lens), they unfold, and the optical part of the lens implant is held centrally behind the pupil by supporting loops or plates (haptics). After your treatment you are able to go home but it is essential that you are accompanied. The treated eye will be patched and you will be given instructions for use of eye drops to prevent infection and help healing. You should notice an improvement in your vision by the next day, although the final optical outcome will settle further with time. An appointment will be made for one week after your treatment when specific aftercare schedules are decided. You should be able to drive and return back to work within a few days of Cataract Surgery. Bear in mind however, that your vision will be unbalanced during the interval between the cataracts treatment of each eye.
Types of Lenses
The type of lenses recommended to you are selected according to your prescription and desired outcome for your vision.
What Will Your Cataract Treatment Include?
- Pre-op assessment carried out by our highly experienced clinical team
- Final consultation and assessment undertaken with your surgeon
- Day Surgery at a private clinic with all facilities included
- Highest quality, biocompatible Intra Ocular Lens
- All post-operative consultations and accompanying medication for the period of recovery
If you would like to know more about how our cataract treatments work and the way they are conducted, or wish to know about other treatments for your eyes, you can give us a call on 0330 123 2020
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