What Is A Cataract?
Cataracts are when the small transparent disc that is the lens of your eye develops cloudy patches. These cloudy patches can create a loss of vision and grow over time. If not treated you can eventually go completely blind. This is why it is important to have your eyes checked regularly by an optician.
If you have a cataract then having cataract surgery is a must if you want to improve your vision and quality of life. This is because there is no medicine or eye drops proven to improve cataracts. Some people can get cataract surgery through the NHS but for many it can be a costly procedure when carried out privately.
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Before the cataract removal procedure you will be referred to a specialist eye doctor to fully assess your needs. They will take measurements of your eye and eyesight to help decide the best form of treatment for you. For example you will discuss your lens preference for near or long sightedness, any risks of cataract surgery, recovery times and if you will need glasses after the operation.
Cataract surgery is a straightforward procedure that shouldn’t last more than 45 minutes to an hour. It is usually carried out under local anaesthetic and you are expected to only be a day patient, returning home once you have woken up and recovered from the drowsiness.
During the operation a tiny incision is made in the eye to remove the old cloudy lense, replacing it with a fresh new one. Your lense choice of monofocal or multifocal will be inserted. If you require both eyes to be operated on then you will have two separate surgeries usually 6 weeks apart. This gives time for the first eye to heal after the cataract procedure.
How Long Does Cataract Surgery Last?
As the operation is usually carried out in older patients they don’t normally need another cataract operation in their lifetime. Some patients may still need to use glasses for some activities such as reading or driving at night for example.