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Life without Cataract Problems

Treating cataracts is a necessary part of ageing for most people. It is a common treatment and the procedure can be very straight forward when you choose a convenient and trusted clinic. 

Not everyone is suitable for laser eye surgery and Laser eye surgery may not resolve cataracts. If you’re very long or short-sighted or if you have thin corneas, you may not be suitable to undergo laser treatment.

However, there are other treatment options available, which involve either inserting an artificial lens inside the eye, or replacing the existing lens of the eye with an artificial lens or removing the cataract from the existing lens.

Attending a consultation carried out by an expert optometrist is the best way to determine the best treatment option for you.

Symptoms of Cataracts

Cataracts are when the lenses in the eyes become cloudy, causing blurred vision. It usually occurs as a natural age related change and continues to and worsens over time.

Symptoms of cataracts include:

• Blurred or cloudy vision

• Areas where your sight is less clear

• Double vision

• Poor night vision

• Colours that may look faded

Treating your cataracts successfully

Whether this is for PRK, Implantable Collamer Lens (ICL), or Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE), our recommended clinics will help you find the most beneficial solution for your unique needs.

PRK

PRK is similar to LASIK in the way that laser energy is used to reshape the cornea and improve refractive efforts. However, instead of creating a corneal flap, PRK works by the laser removing a thin layer of the corneal tissue in order to correct your vision. Many people who are not good candidates for LASIK prove to be eligible for PRK since there is no flap that could potentially be damaged or cause irritation.

Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE)

In the Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE) procedure, the natural lens of the eye is carefully removed and replaced with an intraocular lens

(IOL)

This is the same type of lens that is used in cataract surgery to correct vision. Patients can choose to receive an IOL through the RLE procedure to treat severe refractive errors for permanent results, with the added benefit of not developing cataracts in the future.

YAG

A non-invasive laser surgery which returns your vision to the level it reached after your initial lens replacement procedure.

From Prices (Per Eye)

£695

MonoFocal

Correct your vision with a premium monofocal lens

From Prices (Per Eye)

£1,995

MultiFocal

Improve your distance and near vision with a premium multifocal lens

From Prices (Per Eye)

£3195

Is Finance Available for Cataract Surgery?

If you’ve decided private treatment is the way forward but don’t feel you can afford to pay for the procedure in one lump sum, many clinics now offer finance options. This allows you to split the cost over 10-48 months depending on the clinic. The financing options below are based on the cheaper Monofocal Lens RLE Cataract Surgery option

Can I Get Cataract Surgery Free on the NHS?

Once your cataracts start to severely hamper your day-to-day activities, that’s when you’ll be offered the procedure on the NHS. For example, if you’re struggling to drive, read or can no longer take care of someone you look after for, your doctor/ophthalmologist will recommend you for treatment.

What happens at a consultation?

Cataract surgery is the most common surgery carried out in the UK and remains the only effective way of fully treating cataracts. During your initial consultation, an optometrist will ask you questions about your age, health, prescription and other influencing factors to assess your suitability. They will also undertake an indepth examination of your eyes. You will be able to discuss your suitability for the treatment with them with no obligation to have the treatment recommended.

Cataract surgery procedure and recovery

Cataract surgery is a quick and effective procedure that usually takes under 30 minutes. It can take up to two weeks for your eyes to settle post-treatment. You will be invited to attend a follow-up appointment after your surgery, which is important that you attend. Providers offer various aftercare options that ensure your eyes receive the very best of care after surgery.

Types of cataract procedures?

1. Small incision cataract surgery involves making an incision in the side of the cornea (the clear outer covering of the eye) and inserting a tiny probe into the eye. The probe emits ultrasound waves that soften and break up the lens into little pieces so it can be suctioned out.

During this procedure, the surgeon removes the cataract but leaves most of the thin outer membrane of the lens, called the lens capsule, in place. The incision made for this procedure is so small that the surgeon generally does not need to use sutures to close the opening.

2. Extracapsular surgery requires a somewhat larger incision in the cornea to allow the lens core to be removed in one piece. This approach may be used if your cataract has advanced to the point where phacoemulsification can't break up the clouded lens. Through this incision, your surgeon opens the lens capsule, removes the central portion of the lens and leaves the capsule in place.

Symptoms of Cataracts?

Cataracts are when the lenses in the eyes become cloudy, causing blurred vision. It usually occurs as a natural age related change and continues to and worsens over time.

Symptoms of cataracts include:

• Blurred or cloudy vision

• Areas where your sight is less clear

• Double vision

• Poor night vision

• Colours may look faded

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