Here’s how to improve your chances of a successful cataract surgery

Cataract surgery is a relatively common procedure, with 98% of patients who undergo the operation getting satisfactory results. The procedure is a treatment option that involves the replacement of an eye lens that is suffering from cataracts.

Just like in other surgeries, there are risks involved, although, in this particular one the rates are minimal. Even so, you may want to know how you can improve the chances of success when getting surgery to remove cataracts.

1. Expert eye surgeon

Finding the right eye surgeon from an eye clinic in London should be one of your priorities. Ophthalmologists provide a range of services, and some are particularly experienced in cataracts surgery. The easiest way to do that is to get a recommendation from your optometrist or ask for their professional opinion when you have found an ophthalmologist you intend to use.

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2. Facilities

Another consideration you should make is where you will be getting the surgery. The equipment and facilities that an eye clinic gives its patients will say a lot about the type of services on offer. Even though the surgery is a straightforward one that takes less than an hour, you still want a hospital or clinic that provides superior care.

A surgeon may be very skilled, but if the devices are not up to par, then that can be a problem. For instance, a clinic with the latest high-frequency ultrasound equipment gives you better chances of a successful surgery.

3. Follow instructions

Eye surgeons provide instructions on the best way to prepare for an operation to remove cataracts. For example, if you are under medication or nutritional supplements, a doctor will advise that you stop taking them until after the surgery. You will also be advised against alcohol intake before surgery.

Whatever the instructions, make certain that you follow them. Neglecting the most basic advice from an eye doctor may compromise the outcome of a cataract surgery. Get all the necessary information and undergo all the tests before the final procedure.

4. Choice of lenses

The type of intraocular lenses you pick for replacement will contribute significantly to how well your surgery turns out. IOLs come in so many kinds that it can be confusing trying to decide, so the professional advice of a doctor or specialist will be helpful. Of course, a surgeon has to consider the lens power and other measurements before recommending lenses, but you should also think about the right fit for the sake of comfort.

Sources:

  • How To Improve Your Odds Of Successful Cataract Surgery, lifeextension.com
  • What Are the Risks of Cataract Surgery?, visionaware.org

About the expert

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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