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It is estimated that over 3,000 people in Bristol are living with cataracts. Cataract is a condition that occurs when the lens of the eye changes and becomes less transparent subsequently causing blurred vision for those experiencing it. The condition which is 95% age related is reported to affect 30% of people 65 years or older. It’s no surprise, therefore, that surgery to remove them is the most common operation performed in the UK, with more than 300,000 procedures carried out each year according to clinical data.
If you have cataracts you will usually have blurred, cloudy or misty vision. This happens because light cannot pass through the clouded lens to the back of the eye. Or you may see small spots or patches where your vision is less clear. Other symptoms might include double vision or finding it unpleasant to look at bright lights because of the amount of glare.
Our eyesight is fundamental to both our ability to function and for enjoying life’s pleasures - such as reading or watching television.
It is frustrating to lose the ability to do these activities and have our enjoyment of life curtailed. Surgery is the only proven effective treatment for cataracts. According to guidance issued by the Royal College of Ophthalmologists, cataract surgery improves vision and is also associated with improvements in activity, reduced anxiety and depression, improved confidence and quality of life.
One of our highly trained consultant ophthalmologists will be able to offer you an initial consultation within a few days of contacting us. If you decide to book your cataract surgery with us you’ll be able to book an operation at a time and place that suits you.
We understand that undergoing surgery might cause you anxiety and worry - even if cataract removal is the most common surgical procedure in the UK. Our experienced and caring clinical staff will be there with you every step of the way. As well as making it our priority to deliver excellent care and treatment, they’ll answer your questions and provide reassurance if you are worried at any stage.
This procedure usually takes around 20-45 minutes.
Find out more about Cataract Removal Surgery. Alternatively book in to see one of our Consultant Ophthalmologists.
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