Seeing a better life

26 July 2017

About the treatment

  • Microincision cataract surgery and the latest premium intraocular lens give patients 20:20 vision
  • Customised lenses address the exact needs of an individual’s eyesight and lifestyle
  • People can live cataract and glasses free for the first time in years

Utilising the latest developments in premium intraocular lenses (IOLs) and associated techniques for microincision cataract surgery, it is now possible to match more closely the shape and optical quality of the eye’s natural lens. This provides sharper vision for people with astigmatism as well as those who are long or short sighted.

Professor Madhavan Rajan, leading eye surgeon at Spire Cambridge Lea Hospital, Cambridge, who has brought this capability to the region, explains:

"Present day cataract surgery has advanced so much, with the use of premium intraocular lenses, that it now allows customised care for patients. During the time of cataract surgery, careful consideration is given to a patient’s eye sight, lifestyle choices, work and sports / hobbies and the related visual demands. This could result in maximum spectacle independence with the use of appropriate multifocal intraocular lenses for most patients.”

Patient story

One Cambridgeshire lady in her 50’s had been short sighted since the age of five. She was very active but had always worn glasses and had never been able to use contact lenses. For almost 50 years, she coped with her sight problems until a cataract developed in her right eye and things started to deteriorate rapidly. The patient explains:

“I have been able to manage most things sight-wise throughout my life, but a posterior vitreous detachment created a constant haze across my eye that really concerned me – it was like looking at life through a veil. I was advised that the condition, which is not uncommon in high levels of myopia (short sightedness), wouldn’t cause long-term damage and should settle within a year, so I got on with life as best I could.

“Unfortunately, my vision deteriorated over the following 18 months, so I visited my trusted optician and discovered that I also had a cataract growing on the same eye. I work full time and live a very active lifestyle so it was compromising my vision, my confidence and my lifestyle. I started to wonder what on earth I was going to do and how I would manage.

“I was referred to Professor Madhavan Rajan at Spire Cambridge Lea Hospital, which was the first step to changing my life. Given the severity of my sight condition and astigmatism, Professor Rajan suggested the best possible outcome would be to undergo cataract surgery with an advanced optic intraocular lens surgery (Premium intraocular lens). Whereas a normal cataract operation would provide only distance vision, premium multifocal intraocular lenses by comparison would allow good distance and near vision without the need for spectacles. In addition the toric multifocal lens could also correct my long standing astigmatism.

“I had both eyes operations undertaken by Professor Rajan within 10 days. I can’t begin to explain the impact this has had on my life, it is astonishing.

“For me it has been a revelation. I am now functioning without glasses for the first time in my life – driving, working, playing sport and pretty much everything else. I have not had a life without glasses so this has become an incredible and emotional journey; from looking in the mirror and seeing myself clearly, to learning how to apply mascara, and even simple things like being able to go out in the rain – it took a little time to adjust, but what a sense of freedom.”

“I returned to my optician, just four weeks after both operations for an eye test; he said I was only the third person he’d met who had undertaken this treatment and then confirmed I had virtually 20:20 vision.”


To contact Professor Madhavan Rajan at The Cambridge Vision Clinic & Spire Cambridge Lea Hospital, Cambridge please email

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