What is a cataract ?
Cataracts form as part of the natural aging process of the eye, causing your lens to go cloudy. Sixty percent of sixty year olds will have some signs of lens clouding.
What symptoms might i notice?
Most people notice a gradual blurring of their vision that can no longer be improved by updating your glasses prescription. Cataracts can also cause problems with glare from bright lights and difficulty with driving at night.
Not all cataracts cause visual symptoms, often people don't realise they have one until their optician makes the diagnosis.
What happens on my first appointment?
Your vision will be checked first. Your consultant will then ask you questions about your symptoms, previous eye conditions and general health.
You will undergo a full eye examination, including the use of eye drops to dilate your pupil. Any additional findings will explained and if necessary additional tests may be undertaken.
Some biometric measurements of your eye will be taken so that your consultant can discuss all the suitable options for you.
If you decide you would like to proceed with surgery, this can then be booked for you or if you prefer to think about it you can always contact us at a later date
What to bring with you
WHAT is cataract surgery?
Cataract surgery is often a straight forward procedure where the natural cloudy lens is removed using ultrasound (phacoemulsification) through microcorneal incisions and a new lens implant inserted. The procedure takes 10-20 minutes.
Whilst most of our patients have their surgery performed under topical anaesthetic eye drops, we realise some of you would prefer not to feel awake during the procedure. We have an excellent anaesthetic team who can work with us to enable you to be sedated during the procedure if you prefer.
where can i have it done?
Our team provides cataract surgery at Southampton General Eye Unit, Spire Southampton Hospital and at Optegra Solent.