If you’re worried that you are starting to develop cataracts then you should know that you are certainly not alone. So many people are in the same situation that you are in right now, but with the right procedure, you can restore your vision completely.

What are Cataracts?

Inside your eye, you have a natural lens. This lens refracts any light that comes into your eye, helping you to see. The lens has to be clear, in order to let as much light through as possible.

If you have a cataract then your lens may become cloudy. You might feel like you’re looking through a layer of fog, with everything looking hazy, or less colourful than it normally would.

A lot of cataracts are related to age. It’s possible for you to get cataracts for other reasons as well. It doesn’t matter what kind of cataract you have because the treatment is always surgery.

If you’re not sure if you have cataracts or not, then some of the main symptoms can be found below.

Cataract Surgery

This excellent video from BUPA illustrates Cataracts and Cataract Surgery


This is otherwise known as Phaco. It’s one of the most common techniques for treating cataracts. It doesn’t take more than 30 minutes to remove the cataract and this only requires minimal sedation. This is normally done by administering drops into the eye.

A small incision is made in the edge of the cornea and this leaves a gap between the membrane and the surrounding lens. A probe is then inserted to break up the cataract, by using sound waves.

An attachment is then used to extract the broken cataract. An intraocular lens implant will then be inserted. Recovery time for this procedure is very, very minimal.

Extracapsular Cataract Surgery

This is a procedure that is used if you have very advanced cataracts. It may be that your cataracts are too dense for phacoemulsification, or if its not suitable.

A larger incision needs to be made to remove the cataract in this instance so that the whole cataract can be extracted at once. An artificial lens is placed in the eye. Sutures are needed after surgery and this can result in a slower recovery time.

Intracapsular Cataract Surgery

This procedure is rarely used. The incision for this type of surgery needs to be even larger and the whole lens along with the capsule is removed. A lens is placed in front of the iris.

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Book an Appointment

If you would like to book an appointment so you can see which surgical option is right for you or so you can get a second opinion, then please do get in touch with our team today. When you do, we’ll work with you to give you the support you need while also advising you on the best course of treatment.