Cataract Surgery

Cataract surgery is one of the most common surgical procedures performed worldwide; as we age, the lens begins to harden, and surgery is ultimately required to restore vision. Advanced or premium cataract surgery not only restores eye clarity but can also greatly improve vision. Patients often no longer need glasses or contact lenses after surgery.

Cataract Surgery

Cataract surgery is one of the most common surgical procedures performed worldwide; as we age, the lens begins to harden, and surgery is ultimately required to restore vision. Advanced or premium cataract surgery not only restores eye clarity but can also greatly improve vision. Patients often no longer need glasses or contact lenses after surgery.

What is cataract surgery?

Cataracts are the hardening and clouding of the eye’s natural lens and a common age-related condition. The lens of the eye is located directly behind the iris and is responsible for 33% of the eye’s ability to focus. The cornea is the clear structure at the front of the eye and provides the eye’s remaining focus.

If the cataract is affecting your vision to the point that it is impacting your ability to live normally, surgery is the only option to restore your vision. If you don’t have the surgery, it is likely your vision loss from the cataract will continue to worsen.

During cataract surgery, Mr Zaid Shalchi removes the cataract with high-frequency ultrasound, making a small incision and implanting a new artificial lens called an intraocular lens (IOL).

Typically, one eye is operated on a time and, for most patient, the procedure is performed under local anaesthetic. The eye is fully numbed with local anaesthetic eye drops so you should feel comfortable throughout.

A tiny incision is made at the edge of the cornea and a thin probe is pushed into the lens. Ultrasound waves are then emitted to break up the lens before it is removed by suction. An artificial lens is then inserted to replace the natural lens. Stitches are not normally needed as the incision heals itself.

The choice of artificial lens will be discussed with Mr Zaid Shalchi prior to your operation.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

There is no scientifically proven way to prevent the development of cataracts, but there are modifiable lifestyle habits, such as smoking and alcohol consumption, that can help to lower the risk. Protecting the eyes from excessive sun exposure, addressing underlying medical conditions and undergoing regular eye examinations to assess your vision are also recommended.

Most patients that are experiencing vision loss as a result of cataracts are suitable for cataract surgery. There is no level of vision loss that determines when surgery must be performed and is possible to operate on a cataract at an early stage when it is just beginning to affect your vision.

There is also no upper age limit on surgery, but Mr Shalchi will take into account your general health as some underlying medical or retinal conditions can affect what results can be achieved. Some very advanced forms of cataracts may not be treatable.

Cataract surgery will not correct other vision conditions such as glaucoma or age-related macular degeneration and coexisting retinal disease can make cataract surgery a greater challenge. Mr Zaid Shalchi is highly experienced in managing retinal disease in cataract surgery patients.

Cataract surgery recovery is usually very quick. Patients can often see well from the operated eye from the following day.

Cataract surgery is one of the most commonly performed surgical procedures worldwide, but there are some risks and potential side effects that Mr Shalchi will inform you of during your consultation. Serious loss of vision as a result of cataract surgery is a very rare complication and can be caused by an infection or inflammation after surgery.

There may be some vision changes in the early months after cataract surgery, but they tend to diminish over time. There may also be some eye surface discomfort, but lasting problems are unusual.

Depending on any pre-existing vision loss and the type of artificial lens that is implanted, you may have greatly improved vision after cataract surgery and many patients find they no longer need to wear glasses or contact lenses.

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