Lifestyle cataract surgery is a safe and effective treatment for many middle-aged patients with high refractive errors.
Though the great majority of patients with cataract are suitable to have it removed, other factors must be taken into consideration before entering the surgical theatre.
A consultation with the experienced clinicians at Eye Laser Specialists can determine if treatment at our Eye Spa for pre-existing dry eye is recommended prior to undergoing surgery, or whether your vision is not likely to be significantly improved with cataract extraction, such as in the case of other visually significant eye diseases.
An important part of the preoperative consultation with your ophthalmologist is choosing the lens implant. Technology has advanced to the point to allow us to offer lens implants that can correct your distance, intermediate and near vision. These lenses are called multifocal (MF) and extended depth of focus (EDoF) intraocular lenses and they reduce your dependency on glasses and contact lenses after surgery.
Surgery is performed under local anaesthetic. We also offer light sedation for anxious patients. We insert an ultrasound probe into the eye via a very small incision in the cornea to break up the cataract. We then remove the pieces of cataract from the eye and position a clear surgical-grade plastic lens in its place.
The operation is typically performed on one eye at a time and takes around half an hour. We will place a protective shield over the eye, and give you a regimen of postoperative drops to aid healing. Your vision will likely be blurry for a couple of days immediately after surgery, but it should clear rapidly after that.
- Excellent and predictable vision results
- We can tailor the intraocular lens to your individual needs
- We perform surgery on the cataract in the day, so you can return home the same day
- The use of intraocular lenses offers a good alternative treatment for presbyopia
- We usually operate on the eyes on separate days
- The intraocular lens can develop a posterior capsule opacity that may require laser treatments in future
Risks of lens surgery
- Loss of best corrected visual acuity
- Infection (Endophthalmitis) 1:2000 per eye
- Risk of requiring a second operation
- Refractive error still requiring laser refractive surgery/ glasses
The only way to improve the vision if you have a cataract is with surgery.
Refractive lens exchange is sometime the best option available if you are not suitable to have corneal refractive procedures.
Step 1: We prepare the eye with a sterile drape
Step 2: We apply the anaesthetic
Step 3: We remove the cataract with an ultrasound device (phacoemulsification)
Step 4: We insert the new multifocal lens into the eye
Step 5: We insert antibiotics into the eye
Step 6: We place a clear shield over the eye which you must wear overnight
Step 7: You must use anti-inflammatory eye drops for three weeks after surgery
After surgery, you’ll have reduced if not eliminated your need for glasses and contact lenses entirely. You’ll have a freedom that some patients call “life-changing”.