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Are you suffering with cataracts and considering private cataract treatment? Discover more about private cataract removal surgery, including the average cost and key benefits..
Developing a cataract will cause your sight to become cloudy and misty. Cataracts can affect one or both eyes. If you have cataracts, new glasses may help to some extent. However, cataracts can get worse over time. If the cataract is too advanced, surgery is the only option to restore your vision.
Intraocular lens implant is an effective treatment option used to treat cataracts. An intraocular lens (IOL) is a small, artificial lens that is implanted into the eye to help refocus its lens. There are different types of intraocular lenses.
Your Consultant will advise which lens would benefit you most. We perform thousands of cataract removal operations each year. Our specialist Consultants offer fast diagnosis and will create a bespoke treatment plan based on your individual needs.
Cataract surgery has advanced significantly over the years and our network of hospitals use advanced technology to provide the best outcomes. We can also offer our patients a range of premium options.
Our premium lens implant options can provide better visual outcomes, potentially eliminating the need to wear glasses after surgery.
You may also have to change your glasses prescription regularly. If you have mild cataracts, or early cataracts, you might not experience symptoms at first, but these could develop over time
There are three main types of cataracts that mostly develop with age. These are nuclear sclerotic, cortical and posterior subcapsular. These are categorised by where they develop in the eye.
This is the most common type of cataract. It begins in the middle of the lens (the nucleus). As it develops, clouding can spread to other layers of the eyes, causing poor vision.
This starts in the outer layer of the lens. As it progresses, it forms lines that lead into the centre of the lens, reducing vision.
These develop near the back of the lens, directly in the path of light. It can reduce a person's vision, especially in bright light.
Ageing is the most common reason for cataracts, although they can affect children.
Although the exact reason for cataracts developing is not known, it is thought that the following factors might increase the risk of cataracts:
Early signs of cataracts include increased sensitivity to light and glare and double vision. These can become progressively worse over time.
Cataract vision can be blurry, hazy or less colourful. People might not notice they have cataract vision at first.
Cataract removal is a potential treatment option. Find out more about it below.
No, cataracts cannot grow back, because the entire lens is removed during surgery.
It usually takes between 30 to 45 minutes.
Most cataract operations are performed under local anaesthetic, though other options are available, which can be discussed with your Consultant.
Following cataract surgery, you should be able to go home a few hours after your operation. Before this, your team will offer advice on cataract surgery aftercare and managing your recovery at home.
Full cataract surgery recovery will take between two to six weeks.
Some pain, grittiness, double vision and a red eye are common side effects after cataract surgery and will reduce with time.
Your anaesthetic should wear off after a few hours, and your vision will likely take a few days to return fully.
You’ll need to take it easy for the first few days. After that you can start getting back to normal and return to work, though you need to avoid strenuous activities for a few weeks after surgery.
You will not be able to drive until your Consultant says it is safe post cataract surgery, and you will not be able to wear eye make-up for around four weeks. You will also need to speak to your Consultant if you are planning on travelling on an aeroplane.
You’ll then need to go to your optician for an eye test three to six weeks after your operation as you will probably need new glasses.
Most people recover well from cataract surgery and see a marked improvement in their vision.
Cataract surgery is one of the most common operations performed in the UK and has a very high success rate.
However, as with any operation, complications from cataract surgery can arise.
General complications of any operation include:
Specific complications of cataract surgery include:
To find out more about private cataract surgery, you can book a first consultation with one of our Consultants who will provide you with more detailed information.