Just like lenses in glasses or microscopes, the lens in our eyes, which is located just behind our pupils, is a transparent disc. The lens focuses light towards the back of the eye, onto the retina. In doing so, the lens helps us see.
Cataracts occur when the eye lens develops areas of cloudiness. The risks of developing cataracts increase with age, smoking, injury and radiotherapy treatment. When cataracts become large enough over time, they stop light passing through to the retina, and in doing so they can really impair vision. Blurring, sensitivity to light and fading of colours are just some of the signs of cataracts. If this happens to you, the only way to permanently correct it is with a cataract operation.
The good news is that cataract surgery is a pretty straight forward operation that has a high success rate. A cataract operation entails removing the cloudy, cataract lens and replacing it with an artificial lens. Because the artificial eye lens replacement is placed inside your eye, where the cataract lens used to be, it is called an intraocular lens implant (IOL).
The type of lens replacement surgery you will receive will be determined by a pre-surgery assessment, which will involve measuring your eyes and your eyesight, and establishing your particular requirements for the eye lens replacement, for example whether you are long or short sighted, or if you favour one eye for distance and the other for reading.
Your cataract surgeon will help you choose between the available lenses described below, which are typically made of silicone or acrylic:
When your eyes have recovered from the cataract surgery, you will have no residual cataract symptoms. This means that your vision should be clearer, with less blurring and colours should regain their brightness.
At Ramsay Health Care we are proud to work in partnership with some of the highest qualified and experienced cosmetic surgeons, ophthalmologist, orthopaedic surgeons, neurosurgeons, pain management consultants and physiotherapists in the UK. Our holistic care offers you the best treatment!
At Ramsay you won’t have to wait for an appointment for your cataract surgery.Your treatment may be covered by medical insurance and self-pay packages are available on request. We have first class facilities and all self-funding and most privately insured patients can enjoy our Private Patient Pledge offering exclusive benefits including superb food, a relaxing environment, priority access and appointments to suit your lifestyle. Our aim is to help you feel like a guest as well as a patient.
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