What types of cataract surgery are available?

If you are suffering from cataracts, surgery is the most effective solution to restore your vision.

Optical Express carries out thousands of successful cataract surgeries every year. Speak to one of our expert team to talk over your options and learn more about what’s involved.

Types of surgery available

  • Cataract surgery

    Cataract surgery replaces your damaged natural lens with a premium synthetic lens, which is specially designed to reduce your reliance on glasses and contact lenses.

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  • YAG laser treatment

    Sometimes, the clear vision achieved after cataract surgery can become blurred over time and a secondary procedure known as YAG laser treatment is required to improve it. Optical Express will perform YAG laser treatment to restore your vision to the level achieved after your initial surgery.

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How does private cataract surgery work?

In private cataract surgery, the lens of your eye will be replaced with a synthetic one.

Step 1

Your optometrist will apply drops to your eye and give you an anaesthetic. This ensures that you won't feel anything during surgery. You'll also be offered a light sedation by your anesthetist to relax you during your procedure.

Step 2

Your surgeon will create a tiny opening in the surface of your eye, known as the entry point and your new lens will be secured into place.

Step 3

You should now go home to relax. You'll return to the clinic the next day if you are having surgery on your other eye. On your journey to recovery, you may notice blurred vision and glare, but this will improve over time.

How does cataract surgery differ from laser eye surgery?

Cataract surgery replaces your eye's natural lens with a premium synthetic lens to improve your vision. In contrast, laser eye surgery will reshape the cornea to improve your vision.

As well as being an effective solution for patients suffering from cataracts, cataract surgery can help with other vision issues, such as long sightedness, short sightedness, presbyopia and astigmatism.

As we grow older, our natural lens will gradually deteriorate and may cause a reduction in both distance and near vision. As the cause of the problem is the natural lens, it needs to be replaced in order to correct it.

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A monofocal lens focuses vision at one distance.

  • Toric monofocal lenses are suitable for patients with astigmatism.

  • While your monofocal lens will improve distance vision, you may still need glasses for reading or for close-up work. Similarly, patients who have monofocal lenses to improve their near vision may still require glasses when driving.

From €3,795 /per eye

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Multifocal lenses will provide excellent long and short vision.

  • A multifocal lens uses several optical points, relying on your natural eye muscles to focus both near and far.

  • A multifocal lens will provide exceptional long and short vision and the majority of patients who have multifocal lenses don't need to wear glasses.

  • A multifocal lens design can have an effect on your quality of vision especially at night. Your optometrist and surgeon will discuss this with you in detail during your consultation.

From €4,095 /per eye

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