Cataracts are part of the natural ageing process. The natural lens of the eye becomes cloudy, and vision slowly diminishes. Colours aren’t as bright. It becomes more difficult to see small print. If left long enough, cataracts can cause a person to lose almost all vision.
Fortunately, today cataract surgery is common procedure.
Cataract surgery involves removing the cloudy natural lens of the eye and replacing it with a synthetic intraocular lens.
The surgery itself takes 15-20 minutes, however you will be required at the day surgery for around 3 hours. I use a topical local anaesthetic combined with a twilight sedation for cataract surgery. During the procedure you can respond if someone asks you a question but you will feel drowsy and will generally not remember the surgery.
It is a requirement of the day surgery that patients be picked up by a responsible adult who will stay with them that evening. You also must not take public transport home after surgery, even if accompanied.
Dr Lenton offers patients a tailored approach to cataract surgery. Because cataract surgery is now considered a refractive procedure, most patients can expect visual outcomes that suits their lifestyle.
There are a wide variety of intraocular lenses, from monofocal to bifocal. Each serves a different purpose. For example, some people are perfectly happy to continue to wear reading glasses if it means that their distance vision is perfect. Others are happy to compromise and be free of glasses all together.
Dr Lenton will explain many options to each patient. Together, they will reach a solution that is right for the individual.