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Find out how cataracts are treated and how surgery can improve your vision
You might find you have blurred vision or changes in the focus of your eye. This can make activities such as driving more difficult.
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.
At BMI Healthcare hospitals, we perform thousands of cataract removal operations each year. Our specialist Consultants typically offer fast diagnosis and will create a bespoke treatment plan based on your individual needs.
Read more about our ophthalmology treatments.
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:
You will probably have to wear a pad on your eye overnight. You should be able to feel your eye within a few hours, and your vision will likely take a few days to return. Some pain, grittiness, double vision and a red eye are common side effects after cataract surgery and will reduce with time.
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 will have to avoid strenuous activities for a few weeks after surgery.
You will not be able to drive until your doctor says it is safe, and you will not be able to wear eye make-up for around four weeks. You will also need to speak to your doctor 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.
However, as with any operation, complications from cataract surgery can arise.
General complications of any operation include:
Specific complications of cataract surgery include:
The risk of serious complications from cataract surgery are very low. According to the NHS, the risk of losing sight in an eye because of cataract surgery is 1 in 1,000.
It is also possible that a hazy membrane can form just behind the artificial lens implant, causing blurred vision after cataract surgery. This condition is known as posterior capsule opacity, and it can be easily corrected by a treatment called YAG laser capsulotomy. During YAG laser capsulotomy a small hole is made in the membrane to restore sight.
Our experts in affordable eye care offer fast access to treatment in a safe and comfortable environment.
Your bespoke treatment will provide the best possible outcome, along with excellent value for money, to help improve your quality of life.