Cataract Surgery

Cataract surgery, also called lens replacement surgery, is the removal of the natural lens of the eye (also called “crystalline lens”) that has developed an opacification, which is referred to as a cataract, and its replacement with an intraocular lens.

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We are accredited to provide aftercare, updated spectacle prescriptions and referral for cataract surgery to both NHS and private eye clinics.

What Is Cataract Surgery

A cataract is a clouding of the lens in your eye. As you age, proteins in your lens begin to break down and the lens becomes cloudy. Some people don’t even realise they have a cataract because it usually develops very slowly and may not impede vision early on.

Research shows that a significant amount of cataract is caused by exposure to UV. Just like one uses UV protection for the skin, good UV blocking lenses should be worn when outside, even when it is overcast there is still a significant amount of UV radiation.

Some patients develop complications after cataract surgery, e.g. dysphotopsia, macular swelling, secondary cataract or a retinal detachment.

What Causes A Cataract?

Most cataracts develop when aging or injury changes the tissue that makes up your eye’s lens.

Some inherited genetic disorders that cause other health problems can increase your risk of cataracts. Cataracts can also be caused by other eye conditions, past eye surgery or medical conditions such as diabetes. Long-term use of steroid medications, too, can cause cataracts to develop.

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About 30% of adults aged 65+ will have a cataract that affects their vision and requires treatment. Cataract surgery (which is a relatively straightforward procedure) is the most common operation performed today in the UK, with about 350,000 surgeries performed each year.

Where To Find Cataract Surgery Clinics In Chelmsford?

One of the most up to date clinics in this area is SpaMedica in Chelmsford, paid for by the NHS. This clinic aims to provide an appointment for assessment within two weeks of our referral. So no long NHS waiting times any more, ask to be referred for early cataract surgery.

We can also provide referral to the Oaks Hospital in Colchester, the Nuffield Hospital in Ipswich, or the West Suffolk eye clinic in Bury St Edmunds.

Are There Any Complications With Cataract Surgery

Some patients develop complications after cataract surgery, e.g. dysphotopsia, macular swelling, secondary cataract or a retinal detachment.

Well over 90% of operations are successful in restoring useful vision, with a low complication rate. Day care, high volume, minimally invasive, small incision phacoemulsification with quick post-op recovery has become the standard of care in cataract surgery all over the world.

Symptoms
Cataract Prevention

No studies have proved how to prevent cataracts or slow the progression of cataracts. But doctors think several strategies may be helpful, including:

When To See Simon Kleyn Optician - Optometrist

Make an appointment for an eye test / examination if you notice any changes in your vision. If you develop sudden vision changes, such as double vision or flashes of light, sudden eye pain, or sudden headache, call us straight away. 

Cataracts Surgery Video
excellent video provided by SpaMedica for an explanation on cataracts and surgery

“Thank you to all our SpaMedica NHS patients for sharing their stories with us to share with you. Our patients talk about the difficulties they were experiencing with their eye sight due to cataracts, how straightforward and quick (average surgery lasts about ten minutes) they found the surgery at SpaMedica and what improvements the NHS cataract surgery has made to their quality of life. “

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