Cataract surgery: the most common vision operation in the UK

Hearing that you need any kind of surgery can be alarming and leave you bracing yourself for a stay in hospital. However, if you or an elderly relative needs an operation to remove a cataract, you’ll be relieved to know that it is usually carried out under local anaesthetic and done in under 20 minutes. This means that you can be treated as a day patient, although you can be given sedation. If you need cataracts treated in both eyes, it will usually be done on separate occasions.

Cataracts are quite common in older people, although it may sometimes occur in younger patients as well. They can appear as early as your forties, although it can be a long time before they actually affect your vision. It should be noted that left untreated, cataracts can lead to blindness.

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Cataract surgery is in fact the most common form of surgery in the U.K., and is the only way of treating them. The operation can be performed on the NHS when your cataracts are affecting your daily life but you can choose to go private. There are private hospitals and eye clinics offering surgery for cataracts; if you’re looking for an eye clinic in London, typical prices range from £1,200 to £3,500. The option of going private means you can avoid a lengthy wait for NHS treatment and is therefore a good option for anyone who cannot afford to wait until the problem has a significant impact on their lives. Moreover, you will be able to choose a trusted consultant eye surgeon.

Although it is a common operation, as with any surgery, cataract surgery still bears some risks. However, there is only a small risk of serious complications. This risk may be increased if you have other medical issues. After your surgery, you will need to attend follow-up visits and use eye drops while your eye recovers. Most cases of cataract surgery are successful and leave the patient happy with the results, although a small number of patients may need further treatment.

U.K. patients in need of cataract surgery know that they can trust private medical facilities such as Eye Clinic London to provide them the optimal health care they need. Doctors, optometrists, and colleagues choose Mr. Hamada to do their or their families eye surgery.



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Mr Samer Hamada | Consultant Ophthalmologist and Corneal Surgeon

MD, MSc, DO (hons), FRCSEd, FRCOphth I am Samer Hamada, founder and consultant ophthalmic surgeon with over 20 years’ experience in ophthalmology. I am a world-renowned specialist in cornea, cataract and refractive surgery. I’m not only a leading surgeon but also the only dual fellowship trained in corneal diseases in children from reputable institutions in the UK. At Eye Clinic London I work closely with other consultant ophthalmologists, optometrists and orthoptists to achieve the best outcomes for our patients. Our main aim is to make sure our patients get the safest and best treatments available to them. We put your safety before anything else so you can rest assured that if you choose us you will be in the best and safest hands.

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