When cataract develops, there is a gradual deterioration in the quality of vision including difficulty in reading.
One can also have trouble performing precise tasks such as sewing. Driving at night can become difficult due to glare from oncoming headlights. Objects and people can seem bleached out especially when viewed against a bright background like a window. Cataracts can also cause frequent changes on the glasses’ prescription.
Developing cataracts is a normal part of growing older. Most people start to develop cataracts after the age of 65, but some people in their forties and fifties can also develop cataracts.
Certain things make it more likely that you will develop cataracts:
People who have diabetes often develop cataracts earlier.
Having an eye injury can cause the injured eye to develop a cataract.
Some medications can cause cataracts, for example steroids.
Surgery on the eye, especially for a retinal problem will likely lead to cataracts in the affected eye at some point in the future.
Some eye conditions may also cause cataracts.
Being very short sighted may cause cataracts.
The surgery is under local anaesthesia (usually with only anaesthetic drops) and takes about 20 minutes to do. You can go home the same day and resume normal activities after two weeks.
The choice of the artificial lens is between a standard monfocal lens, a toric lens, and an extended focus lens. Each has its advantages and disadvantages and the surgery itself, like with any surgery, carries some risks. We will be happy to discuss these with you in detail at the time fo your consultation. There is no medicine that can cure cataracts; surgery is the only solution.
We will carry out your surgery at the Yeatman Hospital, in Sherborne
The Yeatman Hospital
Yeatman Hospital, Hospital Lane, Sherborne, Dorset, DT9 3JU