When is the best time to have cataract surgery?

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Cataract surgery has a success rate higher than 99 per cent. It can restore your vision, remove the need for glasses and be treated without delay by one of our expert and, there’s some encouraging news as winter approaches. Research indicates that colder weather could benefit patients as lower temperatures can help with surgical recovery.*

The benefits of faster treatment
Within the NHS, cataract surgery is normally carried out once the cataract has reached maturity. However, at Laser Vision Scotland, you have treatment to achieve optimal vision as soon as the cataract is detected. There’s no need to wait. It’s also worth noting that once your cataract is removed it will never grow back. In addition there is the added advantage of having your vision corrected at the same time you opt to have your cataract removed.

So whether you’re already using contact lenses, wear glasses or are experiencing sight deterioration, having surgery will reduce or remove the need completely and you can wave goodbye to the daily routine of vision correction. However we understand that deciding when to have cataracts removed is influenced by a number of factors. And we can help talk you through all the considerations before surgery.
Your sight may already be affected and you want to address it as quickly as possible. Or you might have other conditions. Maybe you only have vision in one eye or your needs are changing day to day.

Types of cataracts
Your vision is affected by one of two types of cataracts: nuclear sclerosis and cortical cataracts. Nuclear sclerosis turns the lens yellow and your colour vision changes and you’ll also need to change glasses as you become more short-sighted.Cortical cataracts involve the development of white streaks just under the surface of the lens. When they extend from the periphery to the centre, they interfere with vision which gives rise to glare and dazzle, especially at night time when driving. Surgery is the only option to remove them, with a replacement lens being implanted. The process has been refined over seven decades and at Laser Vision Scotland, our surgeons carry out more than 2,000 eye operations every year.

Which surgery should I go for?
You have three options:
-Standard cataract surgery
-Multifocal cataract surgery
-Toric cataract surgery

Standard surgery involves cataract removal and replacement with a monofocal lens.
Standard surgery will remove your cataract but will not improve any pre-existing vision problems such a short or long sight. You will still need to wear glasses or contact lenses to correct vision.

As the surgery would suggest, Multifocal (now known as trifocal) Cataract Surgery
can help you reduce your reliance on glasses. In suitable patients trifocal lenses have a high success rate and high levels of patient satisfaction after cataract surgery. Normally, you can drive just two days after surgery though full recovery can take a few months, Finally, Toric Cataract Surgery can also remove the need for glasses. This surgery uses lenses that are capable of correcting large amounts of astigmatism which cause a lot of blurred vision.

Toric surgery can be a perfect option for those who are happy to wear glasses for
reading.

However, your surgeon may also recommend toric mono vision treatment, This is when your dominant eye is made as strong as possible for distance and your non-dominant eye is better for near vision.

To find out which surgery is best for you, book an appointment with one of our consultants today.

Read our blog ‘All you need to know about cataract surgery’

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