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CATARACT TREATMENT

Treatment

CATARACT TREATMENT

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    Can be permanent

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Cataracts often affect older people and are determined by the cloudy appearance of the lens, which should be clear. This can lead to difficulties in vision as for the affected person, it can seem like they are looking through a frosted window. Cataracts can develop slowly and may affect either one or both of the eyes (although not always at the same time), with visual impairment and sensitivity to light increasing as the cataract grows. It is usually when the cataract starts to affect a person’s daily life, that treatment is looked into.

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Dependent on Treatment

Duration

Duration

Can be permanent

ANAESTHETIC

ANAESTHETIC

Dependent on Treatment

RECOVERY

RECOVERY

Dependent on Treatment

LEARN MORE ABOUT CATARACT TREATMENT

Treatment for removing a cataract is done surgically and involves replacing the closed lens with an artificial one (intraocular lens). It is placed where the natural lens once sat, and will remain there permanently. If there are other concerns regarding vision, this may be improved with the use of spectacles.
In cases where a person has cataracts in both eyes, the procedure will be done in one eye first and when it has fully healed, the other eye will be treated.

Our Ophthalmology treatments are carried out under local or general anaesthetic. Here at REAL we use total intravenous anaesthesia as it has greater potential benefits compared to other forms of anaesthesia. Intravenous anaesthesia is more rapid in onset, and elimination which allows for speedier recovery. Further benefits include; increased haemodynamic stability (stabilised blood flow), decreased risk of organ toxicity, decrease in surgical haemostasis (bleeding), reduced risk of postoperative nausea and vomiting, and improved, more predictable recovery.

QUESTIONS OFTEN ASKED ABOUT CATARACT TREATMENT

Cataracts is a condition where drops and other medication have not proven to make a significant difference. The condition characteristically worsens over time, which can also mean that activities such as reading and driving can become more difficult over time as your eyesight weakens. You can discuss your options with one of REAL’S expert doctors at a confidential consultation, who will offer full support throughout the treatment process.

After surgery you will find that you can see things in focus, colours will be more defined and your eyes are less sensitive to bright lights and / or glare. Results may take a few days to fully develop, and while you are recovering the following side effects may be experienced: gritty eyes, watery eyes, red / bloodshot eyes and blurred vision.

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If you’re not sure what treatment you need, or you would just like a chat to get some advice, give our team a call or drop us a message and we’ll be happy to help.

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