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Cataract surgery

A cataract is a clouding of the lens inside the eye. Cataracts cause visual loss and other visual symptoms.

Cataract surgery is one of the most common eye operations performed today. It can restore vision in the large majority of patients.

The procedure has been refined over the past 10 to 15 years and is now a minimally invasive procedure. It is undertaken as a day case using eye drops for anaesthesia.

The operation is called phacoemulsification. Through a small incision of under 3mm, your cloudy lens is removed using ultrasound and replaced with an implant made of a clear plastic material. The implant can be tailored to your requirements. Astigmatism may be corrected and you may wish to consider a multifocal implant which can give both good reading vision and also distance vision. Eyedrops are given to numb the eye. There is no need for an injection (which can be painful) or a general anaesthetic but either can be given in exceptional circumstances. The operation nowadays is very well tolerated and, in the overwhelming majority of cases, restores vision without side effects.

If you are due to have cataract surgery, your requirements and details of the operation will be discussed with you at your clinic visit.

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