Laser cataract surgery is a highly advanced procedure using a precise laser to remove the cloudy lens in your eye. This innovative technology creates unparalleled accuracy. Eye surgery tailored to the unique characteristics of your eye, a safer approach to resorting your vision.
Laser Cataract Surgery
What is a Cataract?
Cataracts are a very common eye condition affecting primarily order people. Cataracts develop when the natural lens inside the eye becomes cloudy and causes vision to become misty or blurred. They develop slowly over time and cause reduced night vision, difficulty reading and a decline in clarity of vision. In a normal eye the lens is clear. It helps focus light rays onto the retina, which sends messages to the brain allowing us to see. When a cataract develops, the lens becomes cloudy and prevents the light rays from passing onto the retina. Therefore, the picture the retina receives becomes fuzzy.
Your Questions about Cataracts:
What are the symptoms of cataracts? Blurred vision, fuzzy vision, poor vision at night, early symptoms can be light scatter and double vision.
Who qualifies for cataract surgery? Cataract surgery is a very common medical procedure and most people over 65 require cataract surgery at some stage. The procedure is beneficial for patients whose symptoms interfere with important aspects of life.
Am I suitable for cataract surgery? The only way to establish if cataract surgery is appropriate is at the consultation with Professor Myerscough. Through a series of eye tests to confirm the diagnoses of cataracts and review the best treatment. Professor Myerscough advises you fully on the benefits and risks of cataract surgery and your options.
Laser Cataract surgery is an advanced procedure used to treat cataracts, an age-related eye condition that causes blurry, misty vision. A specialised laser is utilized to create precise incision and break up the cloudy lens in the eye. Vision is restored by replacing the cloudy lens with an artificial one, using a laser for cataract surgery ensure patients are safer and the procedure is more precise and efficient.
Your Questions about Cataract Surgery:
How long does cataract surgery take? Cataract surgery is a straightforward procedure and typically takes under 10 minutes when in the hand of a very experienced surgeon.
Should I take time off work to recover from cataract surgery? Visual recovery following cataract surgery is quick. However, Professor Myerscough suggests taking a few days off work after surgery. Any dusty environments should be avoided for at least 1 week after surgery.
Private Cataract Surgery
The philosophy of “one size fits all” no longer makes the grade in cataract surgery. Thanks to the rapid development of technology surgeons now have the capability to customise the choice of intraocular lens implant to the visual needs of each individual. James' emphasis is on achieving the best possible results for his patients by taking a detailed assessment of their visual requirements and making a bespoke, tailored plan accordingly. This philosophy is the reason he participates in clinical research and investigation of promising new technologies, in some cases making them available to patients before they are available to the general public. And it is for this reason that he discusses with every patient the full spectrum of choices available, including the expected benefits and potential risks, so that together an informed choice can be made to improve the quality of vision and the quality of life.
What happens during Cataract surgery?
Cataract surgery takes around 10 minutes. It is usually performed under local anaesthetic meaning you should be able to go home on the same day. Having an eye operation awake may be daunting, but our friendly nurses and healthcare assistants are there to reassure you of the safety involved in the operation.
Before the procedure you will be asked about any medication you take, stopping smoking, maintaining a healthy weight, and exercising regularly.
During the procedure you’ll need to lie still, so let us know if this is a problem for you. Your face will be covered with a cloth and air will be blown gently towards your nose, so if you’re claustrophobic, let us know. You may feel some pressure and see some movement or bright lights, but you won’t feel any pain or see anything in detail.
After your cataract surgery our nurses will place a protective pad and plastic shield over your eye. You’ll need to leave this on for a few hours.
The benefits of Cataract surgery
Following surgery, you should be able to: - See things in focus -Look at lights without experiencing glare -Tell the difference between colours more easily If you need glasses after cataract surgery, your consultant will advise you to wait a few weeks after the operation before seeing your local optician to ensure the prescription has stabilized. Temporary off-the-shelf reading glasses generally work very well after cataract surgery.
Cataract surgery should in able you to look at lights without experiencing the glare you may have seen. The difference between colours may be more distinguishable.
Your quality of life should improve, and you may return to doing the things you loved. Check out our patient testimonials to get a more detailed insight into life after cataract surgery.
Recovery from Cataract surgery
Cataract surgery will differ between patients. It may take a few days for your eyesight to return, and it is common for it to take 4–6 weeks for your eye to fully recover. At this point, you’ll be able to get a new glasses prescription if you need it.
During the short-term recovery your eyes may feel a bit uncomfortable when the local anaesthetic wears off after a few hours. Try not to touch your dressings as this can lead to an infection. If you notice any discharge or you’re in any pain, don’t hesitate to speak to one of our lovely nurses. It is advised you don’t drive, operate machinery, or do any potentially dangerous activities until you’ve fully recovered feeling, movement, and co-ordination.
Laser Cataract Surgery
Professor James Myerscough will use a laser to partially breakdown the cataract. Removal of the cataract then proceeds with a clear artificial lens (intraocular lens implant or IOL), made of a plastic-like material, placed inside the eye. Laser cataract surgery deploys a laser to make a more precise and accurate incision. Current available evidence shows that both conventional and laser cataract surgery are as good as each other in terms of vision and safety.
How much does Cataract surgery cost?
Our prices differ depending on a multitude of factors. Each treatment and lens requirement/choice will alter the pricing. To find out the price of the initial consultation fee and subsequent follow up appointments please contact Professor Myerscough’s private secretary using either of the methods below.
Why choose Professor James Myerscough for Cataract surgery?
Professor James Myerscough, a consultant ophthalmic surgeon, firmly believes in the significance of the deeply personal decisions associated with our eyesight. Recognizing the profound impact these choices have on patients' lives, Professor Myerscough dedicates ample time in clinic to empathetically comprehend every individual's unique visual journey and specific needs. By listening attentively, he gains profound insights into each patient's visual experience, ensuring a comprehensive understanding of their concerns.
This patient-centred approach allows Professor Myerscough to craft customized treatment plans, tailored to address not just the clinical aspects but also the emotional and lifestyle considerations of the patients. By combining expertise with genuine compassion, he ensures that every patient feels heard, understood, and confident in the personalized care they receive, fostering trust and reassurance in their ophthalmic care journey.
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If you are interested in any of the eye treatments we offer, or have any questions or comments, please fill out and our contact form. You can reach Professor James Myerscough’s secretary by phone, email or filling out the contact form on this page.