Premium cataract surgery suitability criteria
You do not need to wait until the cataract is “ripe” or “mature” to have cataract surgery. You can have surgery as soon as your cataract interferes with your quality of life. For example, if you’re experiencing a poor vision, difficulty reading or seeing road signs when driving, you should consider having them removed.
How premium cataract surgery works
Premium cataract surgery works by removing the cloudy natural lens of your eye and replacing it with a clear artificial lens.
Unlike the lenses we use in standard cataract surgery which are fixed focus for one distance, premium lens implants can be used to improve your distance, intermediate (computer) and near (reading) vision.
Advantages and disadvantages of premium cataract surgery
Premium cataract surgery can:
- Significantly improve the quality of your vision
- Reduce your refractive error
- Reduce your dependency on spectacles or contact lenses
The risks involved in premium cataract surgery are low compared to other types of surgery and the recovery time is quick.
- Like all surgical procedures, premium cataract surgery carries with it the risk of complications. I will discuss these with you in detail at your appointment and ease any concerns you have.
Premium cataract surgery risks
Premium cataract surgery, like any other operation, carries with it the risk of complication. However, serious complications are uncommon – the chance of you having a worse vision as a result of premium cataract surgery is 1%. The risk of losing one’s vision completely (blindness) from surgery is rare (0.1% / 1 in 1000 procedures).
Premium cataract surgery options and alternatives
The only way to remove your cataracts is to undergo surgery.
You do have the option of standard or premium cataract surgery. This is the option concerning which lens choice you make.
Premium cataract surgery steps
- I insert a high-frequency ultrasound probe into the eye through a tiny incision. The probe then extracts the clouded lens.
- I then place a folded up artificial lens into the eye through the same tiny incision.
- The lens unfolds within the eye to lie in the same position as the old cataractous lens.
- I calculate the strength of the implant before the operation to ensure that it will suit your eye.
- The tiny incision in the eye seals itself without the need for stitches.
- I can also treat your astigmatism at the same time if you wish.
Premium cataract surgery results
How successful is cataract surgery?
The operation is one of the most successful operations around, with more than 95% of people experiencing an improvement in their vision. Note that your outcome will depend on your unique eyes and on any existing eye diseases that you may have.
What can you expect after surgery?
Your eye may feel slightly gritty, but we can manage this with drops for the first few weeks. Painkillers are not usually necessary. Your eye may be slightly red, but this usually settles over one to three weeks.