CALL
FREE
1800 818 543
CALL FREE
1800 818 543
BANNER_CATARACTSURGERY

Why Cataract Surgery

Book a FREE Consultation


As we age, various common conditions can become apparent: our hair goes grey, we need reading glasses and in many cases we can start to suffer with cloudy vision, caused by cataracts.

This blurring or fogging effect can occur in either eye, or in both. Most often, one eye is affected more than the other.

Cataracts develop in the lens at the front of the eye, and the clouding actually prevents light from passing through, giving blurred and faulty vision. Normally, of course, the lens is a clear and transparent organ which allows light to accurately reach the retina and send an image to the brain.

Cataracts are progressive, and will certainly not improve naturally once they have started to form.

When to get help

As soon as you become aware that your vision is not as it was, with fogginess or cloudy and fuzzy eyesight affecting your daily life, you need to make an appointment to come and see one of our optometrists, who are all highly skilled, fully qualified and hugely experienced in correcting impaired vision of all kinds.

In any event, of course, you should have a check-up every 6 months, so that any developing issues such as cataracts can be spotted and treated before they cause longer-term problems.

Am I at risk?

If you are over 50, it is more likely that cataracts will be developing in your eyes. As you might expect, there are those who will be more likely to be affected by cataracts, such as:

What is the treatment?

Sometimes, glasses can be worn to improve vision through cataracts, although this will not fix the problem and can only ease the symptoms. Cataracts will get worse with time, so elective surgery will be necessary to avoid the potential of a complete loss of vision.

Cataract surgery is the world’s most common elective procedure, and is performed millions of times a year throughout the world, with an almost complete success rate. In the UK and Ireland alone, over 350,000 people a year are having their eyesight restored to normal with a simple cataract operation.

The procedure involves replacing your own faulty lens with a new synthetic lens, which is perfectly clear. It’s a really quick operation; most people recover almost immediately, and are able to get back to a full and normal life within 24 hours.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) regards cataract surgery as one of the safest and most effective of all procedures, but it’s still possible that patients may need additional vision correction afterwards through glasses or contact lenses.

Further Information

Why choose Optical Express?-

Optical Express provides exceptional clinical expertise, a comprehensive aftercare programme and over €400 million has been invested in new technology in our clinics.

Optical Express’ record of success speaks for itself; as one of the largest international providers of complete eyecare, Optical Express has been looking after the vision and health of patients’ eyes for over twenty years. Providing expert eyecare for people of all ages, we are the leading provider of cataract operations in the UK and Ireland outside of the NHS.

Our surgeons+

Optical Express maintains the highest standards in every aspect of our treatments and nowhere is that more evident than with our highly skilled team of experienced surgeons.

All of their surgeons are registered in accordance with professional guidelines and are fully registered with the General Medical Council.

Every Optical Express ophthalmic surgeon has a proven track record of best practice standards in the field of refractive surgery and many have enhanced their experience by operating throughout the world.

Our clinics+

As one of the world’s largest providers of refractive surgery, over €400 million has been invested in new technology in our clinics to ensure their surgeons have access to the most advanced technological innovations in refractive surgery.

Our lenses+

The new generation of Intraocular lenses are designed to last a lifetime. Available lens types include monofocal or multifocal, both with the added option of toric to correct astigmatism. Extremely high levels of short sightedness, long sightedness and astigmatism can be corrected with a synthetic lens.

Until the early twenty first century the only lenses available for lens eye surgery were monofocal, but thanks to the modern advances in lens technology, you now have the additional choice of clever multifocal lenses.

Monofocal lenses focus on one point of vision only, typically chosen to give you the best possible distance vision, therefore you will most likely still need to wear reading glasses. Many patients are happy with the vision they achieve with typical monofocal lenses, but if you are keen to be free from wearing glasses or contact lenses altogether, monovision can be a suitable alternative.

Monovision is where monofocal lenses of different strengths are placed in each eye, one for distance vision and the other for close up vision.

The more sophisticated multifocal lens can provide near, distance and intermediate vision for both eyes. These lenses are mechanically flexible and can be controlled using the same eye muscles that you use to control your natural lens.

The majority of multifocal lens patients exceed driving vision standard while still being able to use a computer and read newspaper print without the need for glasses or contact lenses. In over 90% of patients, no near vision spectacles are required for reading print smaller than that found in a typical newspaper.

Similar to how your glasses or contact lenses can easily correct astigmatism, a toric lens is available in both monofocal and multifocal strengths to give you high quality vision. Toric lenses not only correct moderate astigmatism that affects most patients, but now offer an advanced lens that can also treat those with high astigmatism, in fact up to twelve (12) dioptres.

Aftercare+

Following your laser eye or lens surgery, you can rest assured that Optical Express will continue to look after you and provide comprehensive aftercare tailored to your specific needs.

Following your treatment, Optical Express will check your progress regularly to ensure that the recovery process is progressing naturally. At one day, one week, one month, through your aftercare appointments and beyond, Optical Express is here for you.

  • 24-HOUR medical helpline
  • FREE comprehensive aftercare for 12 months
  • Largest number of aftercare locations in UK & Ireland
Frequently asked questions+

Why should I let an optician perform my surgery?
Optical Express’ record of success speaks for itself; as the only national provider of complete eyecare, Optical Express has been looking after the vision and health of patients’ eyes for over twenty years.

Providing expert eyecare for people of all ages, Optical Express is the leading provider of cataract operations in the UK and Ireland outside of the NHS.

Every Optical Express ophthalmic surgeon has a proven track record of best practice standards in the field of refractive surgery and many have enhanced their experience by operating throughout the world.

Do shopping centre locations provide a quality service?
Optical Express clinics are found in locations that are easily accessible to our patients.

Over €400 million has been invested in new technology in our clinics to ensure our surgeons have access to advanced technological innovations in refractive surgery.

You can rest assured that the technology used in every Optical Express clinic during your consultation, treatment and aftercare will involve the industry leader in refractive surgery technology.

How qualified are Optical Express surgeons?
Optical Express maintains the highest standards in every aspect of our treatments and nowhere is that more evident than with our highly skilled team of experienced surgeons.

All of their surgeons are registered in accordance with professional guidelines and are fully registered with the General Medical Council.

Every Optical Express ophthalmic surgeon has a proven track record of best practice standards in the field of refractive surgery and many have enhanced their experience by operating throughout the world.

You can view each of our surgeon’s credentials here.

Can I meet my surgeon before the day of my surgery?
Patients attend a pre-operative consultation with one of our experienced optometrists who is specifically and specially trained to work in the field of refractive surgery.

Our optometrists are responsible for establishing the baseline measurements required for the surgeon to determine suitability for the procedure. They are able to screen out those for whom refractive surgery is plainly not an option. This allows our surgeons to spend more time with patients who are, or may be candidate for surgery.

It is the surgeon who ultimately determines whether a patient is eligible for a procedure. Our surgeons are among the most experienced in the world and are also highly trained to manage rare post-operative complications. The optometrist follows up on the routine post-operative patients, but our surgeons are available for the appropriate advice and management as required.

Meeting the surgeon on the day of treatment also ensures that the treating surgeons is handling the final consent process as well as carrying out the procedure.

How qualified are your optometrists?
All of our optometrists are registered with the General Optical Council and have attended and passed our rigorous training courses which cover all aspects of refractive surgery in terms of pre-operative and post-operative evaluation, technology and post-operative care.

 

Savings Calculator

Find out how much you could save with Laser Eye Surgery:

Book Consultation

Book a FREE Consultation or Eye Test:

Find a Clinic

Optical Express clinics near you: