Cataract surgery

If you’ve developed cataracts, you don’t have to simply put up with it. Reduce your dependence on glasses with cataract surgery at one of Optegra’s dedicated eye hospitals. Our committed team of experienced ophthalmic surgeons use the latest technology to ensure the best results, as well as the highest level of care before, during, and after treatment.

Our cataract surgery, available privately or through the NHS, involves removing your cataract and replacing it with a synthetic intraocular lens (IOL) to help restore your vision. Alternatively, our cataract refractive surgery involves replacing your natural lens with a multi-focal lens, which means that your dependence on glasses can be greatly reduced or eradicated entirely.

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Top 10 cataract surgery questions

It’s natural to be hesitant before a procedure. Take a look at our top 10 list and we can hopefully put your mind at ease.
What are the treatment options?

At present, the only corrective treatment for a cataract is surgery. At Optegra we offer both standard cataract surgery and cataract refractive surgery. Patients may wish to consider cataract refractive surgery if they want to reduce their dependence on glasses. If the cataract is not removed, vision will gradually get worse and can, if severe, lead to blindness if left untreated.

Can I have both eyes done at once?

Typically, your expert consultant will not perform cataract removal on both eyes at the same time, with each eye requiring a separate procedure. If you need cataract surgery on both eyes then the procedures can generally be done within a few weeks of each other. 

Do I have to stay overnight after the cataract surgery?

No, the surgery itself only takes a few minutes and the majority of your recovery can be done in the comfort of your own home.
You must arrange for transportation to and from the hospital on the day of surgery as your vision will be slightly blurred. We advise bringing a friend or family member along with you.

How quickly will my vision be restored?

After your cataract operation, your vision will be blurry at first and you may be asked to wear a protective patch. Your sight should return a few hours after the operation and your vision should improve quickly over the next week or two, reaching its optimum at 4-6 weeks.

Will there be any pain?

The operation itself is pain free. You will be awake during the procedure; however we will use a local anaesthetic to numb the eye and the area surrounding it. Afterwards, you may experience itching and mild discomfort, which is normal. This should disappear in just one or two days.

Can a cataract spread from one eye to another?

Cataracts cannot spread from one eye to another; however they do tend to develop in both eyes around the same time asymmetrically. It is possible to suffer from cataracts in just one eye. 

Can my cataract come back after it has been removed?

No, once a cataract has been removed it cannot return to the same eye. The artificial lens which replaces your eye’s natural lens in surgery does not allow cataracts to build up, leaving you with clear vision after the treatment.  

How can I book a consultation?

Booking your consultation is simple - you can call our freephone number on 0808 250 7084 or book your cataract surgery consultation online. Alternatively you could attend one of our eye clinic open evenings with a consultant surgeon and have all your questions answered and take a tour of the hospital.

What is a cataract?

A cataract is a painless clouding of the lens of your eye. The lens is a clear part of your eye that helps to focus an image on the retina. The retina is the light-sensitive tissue at the back of your eye. A cataract generally develops over a long period of time, causing your eyesight to get progressively worse. Your vision becomes blurred because the cataract acts as if you are looking through frosted glasses which interferes with your sight and at best is inconvenient and at worst can lead to blindness if left untreated.

Will I need glasses, contact lenses or reading glasses after cataract surgery?

Cataract surgery replaces the natural lens with a clear permanent artificial lens. Any existing or future long or short-sightedness problems may still exist. However, we offer cataract refractive surgery which uses advanced technology lenses that could correct long or short-sightedness. This surgery could help you eliminate or reduce your dependence on glasses at the same time as removing your cataract.

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