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.
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.
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.’
Diabetes can affect the eye in many ways. Therefore it's critical that the eye is checked once a year. Also, your blood sugar has to be at an acceptable level on the day of surgery otherwise it won't go ahead.
Natural remedies for cataracts have not been proven by science. Everybody is going to get cataracts, but you can slow it down.
A cataract operation takes around 20-25 minutes to do. By the time you come into the hospital, have the pre-operative drops and then recover after the surgery, you are usually in the hospital for around 1-2 hours.
Cataracts can come in different colours and in different sizes. There are 3 common types of cataract but the word cataract refers to any imperfection or discolouration of the human lens.
When you are going to have cataract surgery, you have to decide which type of lens you want to have implanted. Laura Crawley explains the lens options and their benefits.