Will laser cataract surgery get you the best results?


Cataract surgery is one of the most frequently performed NHS procedures.

It can restore a person’s sight in less than one hour, allowing them to see more clearly than they have for years.

Keep reading to find out more about:

  • What a cataract is
  • What surgery involves
  • Why laser cataract surgery could be the most precise and reliable way to remove a cataract

What is a cataract?

A cataract causes the lens of your eye to turn from clear to cloudy. This can hugely impact your vision, making it difficult to see clearly.

Cataracts develop when the proteins in the lens of your eye start to break down. This is usually caused by ageing.

The only way to remove your cataract is to have it surgically removed. This will restore your vision and allow you to see clearly again.

What is cataract surgery?

Cataract surgery is a very low-risk procedure. Your cloudy lens (cataract) is removed and replaced with an artificial one.

When you arrive, we will give you anaesthetic eye drops. These will numb your eye, so you don’t feel anything during the surgery. We may also provide sedation, depending on your specific circumstances and preference.

We can then do the cataract surgery in two ways.

Modern cataract surgery

This is where we perform the entire procedure by hand.

Your surgeon will use a scalpel to make a small incision in your cornea; the clear, protective outer layer of your eye. They will then insert a small instrument that makes a small opening in your eye lens so that they can get to the cataract. Your surgeon will then use a device with ultrasound waves to break up the cataract.

Laser cataract surgery

This uses laser technology to assist with the surgery and make precise incisions.

We place a device over your eye. It scans your cornea and creates an extremely detailed and accurate map of your unique eye. This gives us the perfect picture of the cataract that we’re going to remove.

The device can calculate the exact location, size and depth of incision needed to access your cataract without damaging the lens of your eye. This information is sent to the laser.

The laser then makes the precise incision (rather than the surgeon with a scalpel). The laser also helps to break up your cataract. If needed, the surgeon can also use ultrasound waves to complete the process.

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Both techniques restore vision

Whether you’ve had modern or laser cataract surgery, the rest of the procedure is now the same. The surgeon will use a device to collect the cataract particles that have now been broken up.

The surgeon will then insert a clear artificial lens. This is called an intraocular lens (IOL). They will then close the incision using a special liquid.

Recovery time is very fast. Many people can see clearly straight away after cataract surgery. But don’t worry, it is normal to experience blurry vision for up to two weeks. It can take up to six weeks to fully benefit from the surgery.

Benefits of laser cataract surgery

There are many benefits to having laser cataract surgery:

  • It’s more precise
  • It can correct two issues
  • Recovery time can be faster

More precise vision correction

The device and laser take precise measurements of your eye and create a detailed 3D image. The technology can then determine the exact position and size of the incision needed.

This means that it is accurate, and there is less risk to the rest of your eye. This is more precise and reliable than a surgeon doing the procedure by eye.

Correct two problems at once

If you have astigmatism, you can have this corrected at the same time as your cataract removal.

Astigmatism means that the cornea in your eye is shaped more like a rugby ball than a football. If you have laser cataract surgery, you can have the shape of your cornea corrected simultaneously.

By having these procedures simultaneously, you’ll be able to see better than you have in years.

A shorter recovery time

Both forms of surgery have a fast recovery time. For some people, their vision is immediately clear. For others, it can take up to six weeks to fully benefit from the procedure.

However, laser cataract surgery requires less energy to break up the cataract in your eye. Thus, some people have found that they have less swelling on their cornea, so their vision is restored more quickly.

Get laser cataract surgery

Cataract surgery is a life-changing procedure, allowing you to see clearly. Laser cataract surgery is precise, reliable, and can give you the best results possible.

Contact us now to find out more, and take the next step towards your laser cataract surgery.

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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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