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CATARACTS ARE A PART OF THE NATURAL AGEING PROCESS OF THE EYE
As we age the lens that lives inside our eye becomes cloudy and brittle. Eventually, everyone gets cataracts in their eyes, which eye surgeons can remove.
A cataract is when the lens inside the eye becomes cloudy. The human eye is very much like a camera – it has a lens to focus light coming into it onto a sensitive layer at the back. In a camera, we call this the film (or sensor in digital cameras of course) and in the eye, it is called the retina. If the lens in either your camera or the eye doesn’t let light through very well then your vision deteriorates.
The most common problem is the blurry vision. However, cataracts can also give you glare. This eye condition is where light causes a lot of dazzles, and this can be a challenging problem when it comes to driving at night. Cataracts can also split the light as it comes into the eye making you see double in that eye. Cataracts can also cause poor colour vision as many of them are poor at letting the light pass through and they can give a yellow overlay to things. In fact, one of the first things patients notice after cataract treatment is how bright colours look.
VIDEO: HOW DOES THE CATARACT PROCEDURE WORK?
There are many different causes of cataracts, but the most common cause in the UK is ageing. When we are born the lens is usually as clear as a drop of water, yet when we get older than our 60’s almost 1/3 of people have cataracts.
Other causes include injury to the eye, certain treatments such as radiotherapy to the face, medications such as steroids and certain medical conditions can also make it more likely for you to get cataracts e.g. Diabetes. Young people can get cataracts as well; usually because of the reasons given and it is even possible to be born with cataracts.
You should never change or stop any ongoing treatments without consulting your doctor, but if you are concerned about your eyes then never delay getting your eyes checked.
The only effective treatment for cataracts is cataract surgery. Unfortunately, cataracts cannot be treated by pills, diet or exercise.
In the hands of an expert eye surgeon, the treatment for cataract is a relatively safe, quick and painless operation. In a nutshell, the treatment for a cataract is to remove the old, cloudy lens and to replace it with a new, clear artificial lens (IOL).
The cataract operation starts with some anaesthetic drops in the eye; this makes the eye numb and pain-free. Other drops are put in before the operation to ‘open up’ the pupil of the eye. For most people, I do not need to give any injections in or around the eye, and you do not need to be put to sleep either. If you are very anxious, you might need a gentle sedative to help you relax, or if you are very anxious, indeed I can arrange for you to have a light anaesthetic to put you to sleep whilst I do the operation. This situation is quite unusual though as for almost everyone all you need are the eye-numbing drops.
Looking through a microscope, I now use specialised instruments to remove the old, cloudy lens. This procedure is called ‘phacoemulsification’. You will NOT see any devices approaching the eye or feel any pain, although some people describe seeing rainbow colours during this part of the operation.
Once I have removed the old lens, I will place a new, water-clear lens into the pocket the old lens used to be in your eye. This new lens lasts a lifetime and does not need replacing. This lens will allow you to see once again. The lens is tailor-made and chosen specifically for you according to your vision before the operation.
The whole procedure takes about 20 minutes, and you will be able to go home the same day with antibiotic eye drops and a patch to protect the eye.
Most people see clearly the very next day and find there is a very dramatic improvement in their eyesight.
MORE INFORMATION ABOUT CATARACTS
Some people ask if it is possible to get rid of glasses altogether with their cataract surgery and the answer is yes.
Many people choose to have a ‘multifocal’ or ‘premium’ lens implanted into their eye. These lenses give excellent vision for both distance and near vision allowing you to perform tasks such as driving, watching TV and reading without the need for glasses. They are not suitable for everyone, and I will discuss with you the benefits and associated features.
FAQs ABOUT CATARACTS
I recommend no travel for 3 weeks in case you need attention for any unusual complaint.
All types of surgery no matter where or who carries them out are associated with side effects and complications. I will discuss all complications with you and written information will also be provided. My complications rate is well below the national average.
Yes, this is possible, I will discuss the possible options available at the time of the first consultation.