Many of us will experience cataracts in our lifetime particularly in our later years. Cataracts are a progressive, chronic age-related disease affecting a large number of people that are typically over the age of 50. They can lead to serious sight loss, not to mention have a detrimental effect on your physical and mental wellbeing, if left untreated.
THE GOOD NEWS… is that cataract surgery is one of the most successful treatments in the history of medicine, and the most common elective surgery in the world. People who undergo treatment recover rapidly with excellent vision and the ability to resume regular activities of day to day life!
Optical Express are the UK’s leading provider of private cataract surgery, carrying out more cataract procedures than any other provider, second only to the NHS.
What are cataracts?
Cataracts are where the lens of your eye develops cloudy patches, making it harder to see. When we are young, our lenses are usually clear like glass, allowing for unobstructed vision. However, as we age the lens starts to lose its clarity, becoming frosted which limits vision. Cataracts will continue to deteriorate, eventually leading to blindness if untreated.
Cataracts can also impact a person’s ability to lead an active, independent life, so people often suffer from the knock-on effects that inactivity and isolation have on general health and wellbeing. A reduction in quality of vision can also increase the risk of trips and falls, which in turn can lead to other serious medical complications.
How do I know if I have cataracts?
The best way to check if you have cataracts is to book an eye test with an experienced optometrist. Optical Express are the only complete eye care provider in the UK and with over 30 years’ experience, you can rest assured that you are in the best possible hands.
It’s possible that you have grown accustomed to your restricted vision, or that the cataracts aren’t yet severe enough to be detected. The sooner cataracts are diagnosed and treated, the less exposed you are to the risk of serious sight loss.
How do I get treatment?
Surgery to replace the cloudy lens is the only way to improve your eyesight. It’s a simple procedure which normally takes approximately 15 minutes per eye.
In cases where the cataracts are already damaging your sight, the procedure can be offered on the NHS. Whilst the NHS provide a very good service, high demand, exacerbated by the strain of Covid-19 means tens of thousands of patients are on NHS waiting lists, with some patients waiting over two years for treatment.
If you wish to have your treatment sooner, private cataract treatment can be done with Optical Express within weeks. Electing to go private will also give you a greater choice, and many people will choose to have a state-of-the-art lens that corrects vision at different distances.
Audrey recently had Cataract treatment with Optical Express, watch Audrey tell her story:
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