Live life without glasses after cataract treatment
30 December 2020
At Optimax, we offer more than just laser eye surgery. We also treat cataracts and can offer vision correction treatment in the form of a refractive lens exchange. A number of factors will affect your suitability for treatment, including your prescription, age, and overall eye health. You can enter your details on our Suitability Checker to receive an indication of which procedure might be the best option for you, although we will ultimately determine your suitability at an in-person consultation.
Cataract surgery restores youthful vision, giving back the full colour and crisp images which may have faded for you over the last few years. Cataract surgery at Optimax is also a great way to ensure that you won’t rely on reading glasses later in life, as our multifocal lenses can provide multiple focus points, allowing you to have good vision for both near and far distances. Read on to find out more about cataract surgery at Optimax, and how it can benefit your vision.
What are cataracts?
First things first, it’s important to know exactly what cataracts are and how they form. Cataracts occur when the eye’s natural tissues break down and the proteins clump together. These create a cloudy effect in the eye’s natural lens, impairing vision and subduing colours. The longer cataracts are left to develop, the worse they become, eventually leading to blindness. Cataracts can only be removed by extracting the eye’s natural lens, and replacing it with an artificial one, in a procedure known as cataract surgery.
Cataracts tend to occur in people aged 60 and older, becoming more common as the years go by. Although cataracts do occur naturally and, often, there is nothing that can be done to prevent their onset, there are some lifestyle factors which feed into their development. Everything from diet, to alcohol consumption, to health conditions can bring cataracts on more quickly. It is thought that 30% of British adults aged over 65 have some form of cataract in one or both eyes, a figure which highlights the scale of the condition across the nation.
How can you treat cataracts?
Cataract surgery is the most commonly performed elective surgery worldwide with 330,000 cataract operations performed in England each year – and a huge 18 million treatments are performed globally each year!
Cataract surgery is a straightforward procedure which Optimax surgeons have carried out thousands of times. It all begins with a free consultation (subject to a refundable £10 booking fee) to assess your eye health. Our optometrists will conduct some eye scans and assessments to check your prescription and ensure that you are suitable for treatment.
Following the consultation, you will receive further detailed information about the procedure and discuss whether cataract treatment is the right option for you and your lifestyle. You can take some time away to think about it, and have a chat to your loved ones, so that you’re not making a rushed decision. We understand this can be a huge decision to make, and we’re here to provide any support or information you need to ensure that you make the best choice for you.
Once you’re booked in for treatment, you’ll have a surgeon assessment (although this is conducted via Zoom these days!). This is a chance to meet your surgeon and ask them any questions you may have, as well as for the surgeon to speak to you and make sure they’re happy with your eye health and reasons for having treatment. Following this, you’ll come in on your treatment day, have one last medical review, and then head into the operating room.
If you are having cataracts removed from both eyes, we operate on them separately, around a week apart. This is to ensure that there is a smaller risk of infection, and allows you to see from one eye while the other heals from the procedure. After treatment, you will be provided with full aftercare instructions, and you will come in for check-ups in the weeks and months following your cataract surgery, for us to check that your eyes are healing well and that you have good vision.
Life after cataract surgery
We love hearing about how our patients are getting on following cataract surgery, whether that’s when they come in and chat to us at their aftercare appointments, or when they share their reviews and experiences online.
Take a look at what Margaret had to say about her cataract surgery at Optimax:
If you’re considering treatment for cataracts, please do get in touch with us by calling 0800 093 1110, or booking a consultation online here. We’re happy to answer any queries you may have and hope to see you in clinic soon!
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