Since the advent of the modern micro-incisional cataract removal technique known as phacoemulsification more than 20 years ago, surgery has become safer. This means patients can have safe cataract surgery much earlier than ever before and the change in your quality of life is transformative. People live much longer today than ever before and maintaining independence is crucial to them and their families.
Cataracts are a fact of life. The human lens ages as we get older and the lens inside our eye loses transparency over time. Just as we cannot stop wrinkles from developing, we cannot stop cataracts from developing entirely. You can counteract these changes in vision if you get cataract surgery.
Many of the patients who were registered blind in 2016-2017 potentially could have avoided this devastating vision loss if an eye healthcare professional picked up their glaucoma earlier. Don't be among those who rely on at home tests only to have their glaucoma fail to be detected until it's too late.
Glaucoma, like diabetic retinopathy, has no symptoms in the early stages. The early stages are the golden opportunity to diagnose and treat the condition so that you never lose significant vision in your lifetime. Having a routine eye examination doesn’t hurt, is easy and doesn’t involve long waits for test results.
Please, ask what your maximum eye pressures are before you start treatment and keep all copies of your medical reports. It makes managing your eye conditions much easier and much safer.
If you're considering or are about to have cataract surgery, these tips will help you maximise your chances of a speedy recovery from the operation.
In this post, I share a story about my most challenging case of 2017. I had a patient who had not seen an optician for 20 years and discovered he had glaucoma. It's a story that exemplifies the importance of having a strong, supportive network to around the patient that can help them make good decisions and help them cope with the initial adjustments after the operation.
Choosing a private cataract surgeon isn't easy. In this post, Ms Laura Crawley lists the most important qualities you should seek in a top London cataract surgeon, including their relationship with the NHS, how they represent themselves online, where they operate, the volume and quality of their work, and first impressions.
A cataract can be removed with a technique known as phacoemulsification. Cataract surgery has become quicker and safer in recent years, but it is still an operation and shouldn’t be dismissed as a ‘minor thing.’
Hot compresses and lid massage remain the mainstay of treatment of blepharitis. The biggest problem in blepharitis is congestion and blockage of the oil glands (meibomian) along the margins of the eyelids.