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Lumivision specialises in the diagnosis and management of cataracts. We will provide an honest opinion on whether you would benefit from surgery now, whether you should wait or whether you should have surgery at all.

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What is Cataract ?

A cataract is clouding of the lens inside the eye. It usually develops slowly and people experience a gradual change in vision. A cataract may cause blurry vision, problems with glare and haloes (seen as rings around lights), and a change in your colour vision.

The most common cause for cataracts are age-related, but certain conditions, medications, eye injuries and other eye problems may also contribute to cataract development. Babies can also be born with cataracts. This is called congenital cataract.

When the cataract progresses to a point where it is interfering with daily activities and normal lifestyle, cataract surgery can be considered. If the cataract is not removed, your vision may stay the same, or it may get worse.


Cost Free

Initial Cataract

Assessment with Mr Jain

Get a thorough examination of your eye (with dilation) to assess for cataracts. This consultation will help you in deciding whether cataract surgery is required or not, assess the complexity of the surgery, and decide lens options.

Cost £1795 per eye 

Monofocal Lens

Cataract Surgery

Monofocal Lens will correct your vision usually for distance, so reading glasses will still be necessary. This is the most common and reliable type of cataract surgery performed.

Cost £3000 per eye

Multifocal Lens

Cataract Surgery

A Multifocal Lens will aim to correct for distance and reading however there is a compromise and you may find more glare and haloes than with a monofocal.

Cataract surgery

  • The purpose of the operation is to replace the cloudy lens (cataract) with an implant inside your eye. This implant should last for the rest of your life.

  • At Lumivision only the most experienced surgeon will perform your cataract surgery, with the highest quality equipment and facilities at their disposal. As with all of our procedures we ensure that you are seen in clinic and operated on by the same surgeon to provide continuity of care, something that is rare in other centres.

  • The majority of our surgery is under local anaesthetic, so you will be awake during the operation. Cataract surgery is a painless procedure; we either numb the eye with drops or a numbing injection around the eye. All potential anaesthetic options will be discussed with you before your surgery.

  • Patients will have improved vision within a couple of days after surgery and this will continue to further improve over the following weeks.

  • Some people with co-existing medical conditions such as diabetes may benefit from certain adaptations to their treatment either before or after the surgery. At Lumivision we have an expert surgeon who specializes in operating on diabetic patients and can individualize their treatment plan.

  • Cataract surgery is a life changing experience and we understand that patients will want to discuss their options so we offer detailed consultations and give patients a time to process the information.


Frequently asked questions

What is a cataract?

A cataract is a clouding of what would normally be a healthy lens. For those that suffer from cataracts, seeing through a cloudy lens is like looking through a fogged-up window. At first, eyeglasses and stronger lighting can help you deal with cataracts, but over time, you may need to have cataract surgery. See some of the frequently asked questions we get asked about cataract surgery.

Does Cataract Surgery Hurt?

There will be no or little discomfort during the procedure. While you will be awake during the procedure, there are steps taken so that you don’t feel any pain. Numbing eye drops are used in the eye to prevent discomfort and sometime a blunt cannula is used to insert anaesthetic around the back of the eye to paralyze it. After medications wear off after surgery, you may find some minor eye discomfort. This pain is mild, and you can manage it with over the counter pain medication.

How Long Does It Take to Recover from Cataract Surgery?

The recovery time from cataract surgery is short. Any discomfort or soreness you feel should disappear within a few days. Depending on the size and nature of your cataracts and your ability to heal, full recovery should take about four to six weeks. During this time, you want to be sure to follow the after-surgery instructions and do the follow-up visits with your surgeon.

How Do You Prepare for Successful Recovery after Cataract Surgery?

After the procedure, your vision will be limited so you should have a family member or friend drive you home. Your doctor may suggest that you avoid any bending or lifting for a week after surgery so you should put off any physical projects until you are recovered. It can feel normal to feel lethargic and fatigued after surgery so you may want to cook meals ahead of time. Since your eyes need to heal after surgery you should stay away from swimming pools for at least two weeks and avoid hot tubs and saunas since these can be breeding grounds for disease. While you mostly can recover solo, your eye doctor will still be involved. Your doctor will have follow-up appointments to make sure your eye is healing. Have your eye doctor’s number handy if you notice changes in your vision, no reduction in swelling or redness, increasing eye pain, discharge from your eye, or strange flashes of light in your vision. At Lumivision you will be provided with your surgeons personal mobile phone number after any surgery.

Can You Exercise after Cataract Surgery?

You need to refrain from any strenuous physical activity for at least a week after your surgery. Activities that can increase the pressure in your eye could increase the risk of developing complications. After a few days, you can resume lighter activity, such as walking if it is cleared by your doctor. After about four weeks, you should be able to resume a regular exercise routine.

Do You Need to Have Your Glasses Prescription Updated after Surgery?

If you choose Monofocal cataract surgery using an intraocular lens then you will likely still need reading glasses or the glasses with an updated prescription after surgery. There are also cataract surgery options that can eliminate or reduce your need for glasses. For example, you can get cataract surgery with multifocal IOLs that can enable you to be glasses-free much of the day.

Is Cataract Surgery Serious?

Every surgery does involve some risks, but you should know cataract surgery is the most commonly performed type of surgery in the world.

Are There Instances When Cataract Surgery Should Be Avoided?

There aren’t a lot of cases where you should be avoiding cataract surgery. The main answer in deciding when to have cataract surgery is whether or not the procedure will provide a significant improvement to your vision and if it can be done safely. In early cataracts, your vision can be improved with just a change of your eyeglass prescription. However, even in the case of some mild cataracts, changing contact lenses or glasses doesn’t help. Your eye doctor will help you decide when the best time to have cataract surgery is. It’s a safe procedure but you should always consider the risk and rewards.

When Is the Right Time to Have Cataract Surgery?

If you have vision problems and have cataracts then it might be the right time to have surgery. It’s possible you may experience vision problems, such as halos or glare before your eye doctor notices any significant clouding of the lens. This dysfunctional lens syndrome can be reason enough to consider cataract surgery if you need better visual acuity. You may also want to consider insurance requirements and financial considerations when considering when the right time to have cataract surgery is. Insurance companies require your vision to reach a certain level before they will consider it medically necessary. An exam with our clinic will certainly determine your candidacy.

What Happens if You Don’t Treat Cataracts?

If you don’t treat cataracts and have cataract surgery, there can be repercussions. In many cases, cataracts will continue to get worse over time and cause a reduction in vision. Your driving can be impacted, as well as the overall quality of your life.

Can You Have Cataract Surgery if You Have Glaucoma?

Yes, you can still have cataract surgery if you also have glaucoma. In certain cases, cataract surgery can lower your high eye pressure and reduce the medication you need to manage your glaucoma. However, extra caution is still needed to monitor the pressure of the eye in those with glaucoma who have cataract surgery. It’s also important to follow any instructions about your glaucoma medication before and after the procedure.

Can You Have Cataract Surgery in Both Eyes at the Same Time?

If you have cataracts in both eyes, then surgery will usually be performed on one eye and then a few weeks later performed on the second eye. This will allow the first eye to recover and your vision to stabilize before the procedure on the second eye.

What are the complications that can happen?

Cataract surgery is one of safest operation around but it is still an operation and all operations have some risks. With cataract surgery based on worldwide data the risk of having a serious complication such as infection (Endophthalmitis) or a bleed at the back of the eye is less than 1 in 1000. Other less serious complications that can result in a longer recovery or further procedures are about 1%.

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