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Expert assessment and treatment for a wide range of eye and vision problems.
Ophthalmology is a branch of medicine and surgery that deals with the treatment of disorders of your eye. Ophthalmologists are medically trained doctors who help treat people with short-term and long-term eye conditions.
The procedures and techniques of cataract removal surgery help reverse blurred vision and eliminate your reliance on glasses and contact lenses.
Cataracts occur when the lens of your eye (a transparent disc) develops cloudy patches. As we age, our lenses become increasingly blurred, limiting our vision. Putting up with blurred vision can have a detrimental effect on many aspects of life, including your fulfillment of daily activities, hobbies, and relationships. This, in turn, can have a knock-on effect on your emotional health, sometimes causing symptoms of depression and anxiety.
At The Alexandra Hospital, we have a network of dedicated Ophthalmologists able to perform cataract removal surgery to reverse blurred vision. They are committed to delivering brilliant results to people in Manchester, Stockport, Cheshire and further afield.
Usually, cataracts are a natural symptom of ageing. In fact, ageing is the most common cause of cataracts. However, the condition can also be caused by other factors, such as:
According to the National Eye Institute, your risk of developing cataracts increases as you age, but can also increase if:
After your lens has been removed, your Ophthalmologist will replace it with an artificial lens. You will know which type of lens you will have fitted before your surgery. The type of lens you have fitted will depend on your individual visual needs. For example, whether you are long-sighted or short-sighted.
At The Alexandra Hospital in Manchester, our network of specialist Ophthalmologists performs cataract removal surgery by phacoemulsification. During this process, your Ophthalmologist will make a small incision on the side of your cornea. They will then insert a small probe into your eye. This will emit ultrasound that breaks up the lens of your eye, so that it can be removed using a suction technique. Your lens will then be replaced with an artificial lens, as explained above. Often, the incision on the side of your eye will close and heal on its own. If your Consultant uses stitches, these will be dissolvable.
We offer a range of different lens options at our hospital, including:
Monofocal lenses: This aims to reduce your dependence on glasses for distance vision.
Multifocal lenses: A multifocal intraocular lens aims to reduce your dependence on wearing glasses for a wider range of activities that involve your intermediate and near vision.
Toric lenses: A toric intraocular lens aims to correct astigmatism, near-sightedness and far-sightedness. Astigmatism is when your eye has a slightly curved shape. It can cause blurred vision and sensitivity to light.
Before surgery, you will undergo assessment with your Ophthalmologist to discuss the following:
This assessment is there to ensure you experience the highest standards of care throughout your healthcare journey, and that you feel safe and informed every step of the way.
Cataract removal surgery is a straightforward procedure that usually takes 15 to 30 minutes. If you require cataract removal surgery in both eyes, will typically wait for one to three weeks after operating on your first eye before performing cataract removal surgery on your second eye.
Your Consultant will provide you with a pad or a plastic eye shield to wear over your eye when you leave the hospital. Most people wear it for a day, but your Consultant will give you tailored information on how long you should wear yours, based on your individual circumstances. They will also provide you with eyedrops to help heal your eye(s) and prevent infection. Please do avoid rubbing your eyes after surgery. This is to prevent infection and help your eye heal.
You will not be able to drive home from hospital on your own. You can organise a lift back with a friend or family member, or a member of our team can arrange for a taxi to collect you at our hospital. Please just let us know if we can help.
It may take a few days after surgery for your vision to return fully. To prevent any accidents at home, please remember to eliminate tripping hazards such as loose tiling or general mess before your surgery. You might also experience watering, grittiness, and a red or bloodshot eye or eyes following surgery. These symptoms are common and can sometimes take four to six weeks to clear up.
The incision made on your eye during the procedure will heal naturally over time, so there is no need to do anything special to encourage the recovery process. Just look after yourself and avoid rubbing your eyes.
Most people will need to wear glasses for some small, everyday tasks after surgery (like reading), but this depends on the type of lens fitted. In some people, certain lenses can correct their vision to the extent that they don’t need to wear glasses at all any more.
Ask your Consultant about this and any other cataract surgery aftercare questions you have.
Within six weeks, you should be fully recovered from cataract removal surgery and have clear sight (without blurriness) again.
Remember, your healthcare team is here to answer any questions you have throughout each stage of your healthcare journey. They will keep you informed throughout, and are always available to answer any questions you might have.
Cataract removal and lens implant for both eyes: starting from £4,512*
The price of cataract surgery will vary depending on factors including the type of surgery you have and the type of lens you have.
Paying for surgery with us is a simple process. We offer several flexible easy payment options. These help you to spread the cost of your payment across a time that suits you. You can find out more about our flexible payment options here.
To find out more about the process of paying for your treatment, you can speak to a trusted member of our advisory team on 0161 428 3656.
*The prices listed above include the cost of your initial consultation, treatment, and post-discharge care at our hospital. But these prices are only an estimate. The total cost of your treatment will be confirmed in writing after your consultation and any necessary diagnostic tests. Further terms and conditions apply.
Find help for your eye problems today by phoning a member of our team on 0161 428 3656 or booking an appointment online.
Speak with your Consultant about these potential risks in more detail. They should be able to ease any of your worries.