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What is Cataract?
While there can be other contributing factors, the formation of cataracts is a natural part of the ageing process; just like greying hair and the need for reading glasses. Cataracts are a very common condition that creates cloudy areas within the lens of your eye. As we get older the lens inside our eyes changes and becomes less transparent. You may still be able to see but your vision is blurred and not as sharp as it once was. Much like when a cloud passes over the sun; it is still daylight but vibrant rays of sunshine are unable to get through. This cloudy vision will continue to develop until it starts to interfere with your everyday life, making thing gradually harder to see.
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What is Cataract Surgery?
The surgery involves removing the natural lens and replacing it with a clear synthetic lens. This sophisticated lens will also correct poor vision. Each eye is treated on a different day, typically one week apart.
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Is Cataract Surgery safe?
The World Health Organization predicts that by the year 2020 more than 32 million cataract surgeries will take place globally on an annual basis. It is one of the most common surgeries in the world. It is important to understand that any form of surgery has a degree of risk. It is our aim to fully inform you of the risks and benefits of eye surgery. During your consultation you will be shown a video that explains the benefits, risks and potential side effects of eye surgery. This informed consent video will allow you to make a well-informed decision on whether eye surgery is right for you. Less than 1% of patients will develop a complication and the majority of these are easily overcome through a personal aftercare plan. Most people are back at work within a few days. The majority of our patients are extremely happy with their results and wish they had done it sooner.
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How long does it take to perform Cataract Surgery?
The surgery itself takes approximately 15 minutes for each eye. Cataract surgery patients will first go to a pre surgery room where an anaesthetist will administer a local anaesthetic and apply drops to your eye while you remain awake. Each eye is treated on different days usually one week apart and there is no need for an overnight stay.
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Will Cataract Surgery hurt?
Cataract surgery is performed under a combination of local anaesthetic and light sedation. You will not feel pain during the surgery. An eye holder is applied to keep your eye open and some people have described a mild discomfort as it is applied. A protective shield is placed over the treated eye. Most people describe a mild discomfort and sensitivity to sunlight as the anaesthetic wears off. Typically this only lasts for a few hours and can be managed with over-the-counter medication.
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Will I feel the synthetic lens in my eye?
No. Unlike a contact lens, the lens is situated inside your eye and not on the surface.
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How quickly will I see the results of Cataract Surgery?
The majority of patients will notice a significant improvement in the clarity of their vision within 24 hours of having surgery. Focusing on a task like watching television can be aided by the use of lubricating eye drops. It will take a number of weeks for your eyes to completely settle. 
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When can I go back to work?
Recovery time varies depending on a number of factors such as treatment type and your working environment. You can return to work as soon as you feel comfortable with your vision. Most people are able to drive and return to work within three days after cataract surgery unless their work environment is very dusty or dirty.
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How long does it last?
The sophisticated synthetic lens itself is designed to last a lifetime. It gives a permanent correction of your current prescription. Your eyes can continue to change with age. If your eyes do change then it may mean that glasses will be required in later life. It is possible to have laser eye surgery to further refine your vision. 
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Where is my nearest Optical Express clinic?
One of the advantages of choosing Optical Express is that we have the largest number of private clinics in the UK and Ireland. You can be sure to find a clinic close to your own home. Click on the link below to find your nearest clinic.

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