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    When should I have cataract surgery?

    Written in association with Mr Badrul Hussain, Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon and Deputy Director, Cataract Service at Moorfields Eye Hospital
    09 October 2019 | Categories: Cataracts, eye health, cataract surgery, blurred vision
    • Cataract surgery is the most common operation performed in the UK
    • It involves replacing the cloudy lens inside your eye with a clear, artificial lens
    • Most people with a cataract will need surgery eventually as the cataract progresses and causes your eyesight to diminish

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    Cataract surgery is the most common operation performed in the UK, with a high success rate in improving eyesight. It involves replacing the cloudy lens inside your eye with a clear, artificial lens. Most people with a cataract will need surgery eventually as the cataract progresses and causes your eyesight to diminish.

    Cataracts form slowly over a few years and usually result in vision gradually becoming more blurred. At first you might not even realise you are developing a cataract until you attend your annual eye test with your optician. If your optician identifies a cataract which is not yet significantly affecting your vision, the prescription for your glasses may be increased, and it may be recommended that you wear them more often. However, as the cataract develops and bad eyesight starts to affect everyday activities, including the ability to drive comfortably, surgery will usually be required.

    We usually recommend surgery when the effects of the cataract impact on your lifestyle and this varies from person to person. For example, if you drive a lot or have a job that requires good vision, cataract surgery is usually recommended in the early stages. Cataracts can cause glare and difficulty with night-time driving, so your eye doctor (ophthalmologist/ophthalmic surgeon) will take into account your lifestyle as well as the results from your eye tests when recommending a suitable time for surgery.

    Experts in cataract surgery

    Our cataract surgeons are highly regarded and all of them hold consultant positions at the world-renowned Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

    During a recent inspection by the Care Quality Commission, we were rated as “outstanding” for effectiveness, because patient outcomes in many specialties exceeded national and international targets.    

    Watch now: Moorfields Private consultant Badrul Hussain in discussion: ‘When is the best time for cataract surgery'

    To make an appointment with a consultant specialising in cataract surgery, call our New Patient Enquiry team on 0800 328 3421

    Download the cataracts information pack