Cataract Surgery

Cataract Surgery

Eye Surgery | Face & Eye Surgery

Cataract Surgery and Removal

Cataract surgery is a commonly performed surgery and involves removing your natural eye lens and replacing it with an artificial lens to help restore your vision. The condition predominantly affects people over 70, impairing their vision until the whole lens becomes clouded.

The greatest benefit of cataract surgery is the increased quality of life. Restoring your vision will grant you several lifestyle benefits that may have previously been denied:

Our ophthalmologists at The McIndoe Centre regularly have changed the lives of thousands of patients through cataract surgery. We offer exceptional surgical care and provide lifetime aftercare help and advice if you need it.

Restore your vision and confidence today. Contact our friendly team for more information. *We also provide eye tests also arrange eye tests if you’d like a better understanding of your condition. ---

What are cataracts and how do they develop?

A cataract is a clouding of the lens in your eye. Your lens sits just behind your iris, the coloured part of your eye. Normally, your lens is clear and helps to focus the light entering your eye. Developing cataracts will cause your sight to become cloudy and misty. Cataracts can affect one or both eyes. Cataracts are treated by surgery, during which the cloudy lens is removed and replaced by an artificial lens.

Cataracts result from changes in the way the cells of the lens are arranged and their water content, which causes the lens to become cloudy instead of clear. When this happens, light cannot pass directly through the lens and you may notice problems with your vision. A cataract is not a growth or a film growing over the eye; it is simply the lens becoming cloudy.

In this video, Consultant Ophthalmic, Corneal and Refractive Surgeon Samer Hamada explains what is a cataract, what are the symptoms, what caracat removal surgery involves, as well as the different options of lenses available.

Benefits of cataract surgery

The biggest advantage that comes from your cataract surgery procedure is improved quality of life.

Restoring your vision comes with several obvious benefits you may have been previously denied. Aside from the obvious benefits of improved vision when reading, driving and working, your surgery will allow you to focus, differentiate colours and reduce glare from bright lights.

Your improved vision also comes with greater independence and safety, improving self-confidence and mental health.

The procedure is commonly performed and is a trusted surgical procedure across all medical industries.

Who is at more risk of developing cataracts?

Developing cataracts is a normal part of growing older. Most people start to develop cataracts after the age of 65, but some people in their forties and fifties can also develop cataracts. Certain things make it more likely that you will develop cataracts:

  • Diabetes – people who have diabetes often develop cataracts earlier
  • Trauma – having an eye injury can cause the injured eye to develop a cataract
  • Medications – some prescription drugs can cause cataracts, for example steroids
  • Eye surgery – surgery for a retinal problem will likely lead to cataracts in the affected eye at some point in the future
  • Eye conditions – other eye conditions, such as retinitis pigmentosa, glaucoma or uveitis, may also cause cataracts
  • Having high myopia (being very short sighted) may cause cataracts.

Cataracts caused by aging, medications and other eye conditions usually develop in both eyes. Cataracts caused by an eye injury or eye surgery only develop in the affected eye. Despite the different causes, most cataracts are dealt with using the same type of surgery.

What are the signs and symptoms of cataracts?

Cataracts normally develop very slowly. At first, the changes they make to your sight may be difficult to notice, but as they get worse you’ll start to notice symptoms such as:

  • You feel like your glasses are dirty and need cleaning.
  • Your sight is misty and cloudy.
  • You’re more sensitive to bright light or may find it difficult to see in dim light.
  • Everything looks a little more washed out than it should be. You may have double vision.
  • You may see circles of light around bright lights, such as car headlights.

Eventually, almost all people with cataracts will find that their sight has turned misty or cloudy, and things have become difficult to see all of the time. Cataracts sometimes develop so slowly that you might not notice the changes in your vision, but when you have your regular eye test, your optometrist (also known as an optician) may detect them and refer you to an eye specialist (ophthalmologist).

When should I have my cataract surgery?

Cataracts can be removed at any stage. You don’t have to wait for them to “ripen” before having surgery, however, you cannot cure a cataract without surgery

Making the decision to have your cataracts removed depends on a number of things:

  • How badly your sight is affected
  • Whether you have any other eye conditions
  • If you only have sight in one eye
  • How you use your sight from day to day

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