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.
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.
Humphrey visual field testing is a critical test for diagnosing and managing glaucoma or other causes of damage to the optic nerve.
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.