Cataract

What is a Cataract?

A cataract is a clouding of the natural lens of the eye, generally associated with the natural ageing process.

 

How do I know if I have a Cataract?

Common symptoms include blurred or double vision, glare from bright lights, difficulty driving at night, difficulty recognising colours and difficulty reading.

What Causes Cataracts?

Mainly ageing - over half the population aged over 65 have some degree of cataract. However, there are other causes including Diabetes, eye injuries and steroid medication.

Diagnosis & Assessment

A full ocular and medical history is taken by the Consultant Ophthalmologist who will ask you about your general health and your symptoms. You will undergo a complete eye examination measuring all aspects of your eye using the latest technology. Contact Us For More Info

 

Treatment

A cataract cannot be corrected using glasses. The only permanent treatment for cataracts is surgical removal which is usually a quick, safe and painless procedure taking about 20 minutes per eye and is performed under local anaesthetic. Usually one eye is treated at a time.

 

Removal is by microsurgery and essentially the cloudy lens in your eye is broken up and a new clear lens called an intraocular lens (IOL) is implanted. The intraocular lens is designed to last a lifetime.

 

At iSIGHT, we have a range of lenses to suit your lifestyle and your prescription. Your surgeon will discuss the range of lens options available to you. These lenses include multifocal, allowing you to focus at varying distances, and toric lenses to correct astigmatism.

 

If you would like further reading, we recommend www.nhs.uk or www.rnib.org.uk