Standard cataract surgery suitability criteria
You don’t need to have cataract surgery if you have a cataract. However, if you feel that cataracts are interfering with your quality of life, I would highly recommend it. Cataracts are likely to progress, and this could impact your ability to read, drive and live life as you please.
You do not need to wait until the cataract is “ripe” or “mature” to pursue cataract surgery. You can have surgery as soon as you feel that cataract is interfering with your quality of life.
How standard cataract surgery works
Cataract surgery works by removing your cloudy lens and replacing it with a clear artificial lens.
Advantages and disadvantages of standard cataract surgery
- Cataract surgery can significantly improve the quality of your vision
- It can reduce your refractive error
- It can reduce your dependency on spectacles or contact lenses
- The risks involved in cataract surgery are low compared to other types of surgery
- The recovery time is minimal
- Like any surgical procedure, cataract surgery carries with it the risk of complications
Standard cataract surgery risks
Cataract surgery, like any other operation, carries with it the risk of complications (2%) although fortunately, serious complications are uncommon.
The risk of having a worse vision as a result of cataract surgery (1%) and the risk of losing your vision completely (blindness) from surgery is very rare (0.1% / 1 in 1000 procedures).
Standard cataract surgery options and alternatives
There is currently no alternative to cataract surgery. This is the only solution.
Standard cataract surgery steps
- I insert a high-frequency ultrasound probe into the eye through a tiny incision. The probe then extracts the cataractous lens.
- I then insert a clear, folded 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 without the need for stitches.
- I can also treat your astigmatism at the same time if you wish.
Standard 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.