Am I suitable for cataract surgery?

The World Health Organisation predicts that by the year 2020, more than 32 million cataract surgical procedures will take place globally each year.

Cataracts are relatively easy to treat and thanks to our experienced surgeons and state-of-the-art technology, we're able to help more and more patients with the condition. Your suitability for cataract surgery will be based on your medical history, as well as a series of specialist tests. Speak to us today to arrange your free consultation.

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Still have questions?

Here are the answers to the questions we get asked most often.

  • Who is suitable for cataract surgery?

    The short answer is: Most patients who have cataracts

    The majority of patients with cataracts are suitable for cataract surgery. Your optometrist will take into account your age, health, prescription and other influencing factors when assessing your suitability.

  • Is cataract surgery painful?

    The short answer is: You'll feel mild discomfort

    Even though you'll be awake during your treatment, you'll be given an anesthetic so you won't feel any pain during your cataract surgery. When this starts to wear off, you may feel some discomfort, which can be effectively managed with over the counter painkillers.

  • Can I have cataract surgery if I am long sighted?

    The short answer is: Yes

    Cataract surgery is ideal for people with long-sightedness (hyperopia).

  • Can I have cataract surgery if I am short sighted?

    The short answer is: Yes

    Your synthetic lens will correct other issues with your vision, including long sightedness and short sightedness.

  • Is there a link between diabetes and cataracts?

    The short answer is: Yes

    Cataracts are more common in patients who have certain conditions, including diabetes.

  • Can I have cataract surgery if I have astigmatism?

    The short answer is: Yes

    Premium synthetic lenses are available for patients with moderate to high astigmatism. They'll improve your vision, so that you won't need glasses for distance vision, but you may still need glasses for reading.

  • Who can't have cataract surgery?

    The short answer is: A very small number of patients

    Most people are suitable for cataract surgery. In the unlikely event that it isn't right for you, your expert optometrist will be able to offer an alternative solution.