What is a Cataract?
Advanced Vision Care is the world leader in Cataract Surgery – we can provide all vision correction treatments under one roof.
A cataract develops when the natural crystalline lens of the eye begins to lose transparency and gradually becomes opaque. As we get older the lens naturally hardens and thickens, resulting in a cloudiness which limits the light passing through to the retina. As the cataract progresses vision becomes hazy and blurry, and it is often described as like looking through frosted glass. Given cataracts affects the natural lens, the visual impairment cannot be corrected using glasses or contact lenses and it will get worse over time. Cataracts can develop in one eye or progress to both eyes and often can go unnoticed at first as the changes are gradual, but if left untreated cataracts can lead to blindness. It is estimated that around 2.5 million people aged 65 and over in England and Wales have some degree of visual impairment caused by cataracts. Symptoms include:
- Blurry vision
- Cloudy, foggy or misty vision (like looking through frosted glass)
- Reduced vision in bright and dim light
- Reduced colour intensity (colours are less bright and more faded)
- Halos and glare around lights at night
- Yellowing/browning of images
- Double vision – in rare cases
- Frequent changing of prescriptions
Cataracts is the most common cause of blindness in the world.
The exact reason why cataracts occur is unknown but it is believed to be due to the proteins in the lens coming together and clumping. This leads to a cataract in a small area of the lens and, as time passes, the clumping continues and the cataract grows larger. It is believed that there are contributing factors to this effect which include:
- Age – The longer we live the more likely we are to develop cataracts
- Family history
- Regular excessive drinking
- Lifestyle factors – Poor diet & overexposure to sunlight
- Steroid medicines
- Trauma to the eye
- Long-term use of statins and phenothiazines
- Other eye conditions such as uveitis or iritis
- Congenital – cataracts can be present at birth or during early childhood due to genetic, infectious or metabolic causes
If you drive you are legally obliged to meet the vision standards required by the DVLA, so it may be necessary to have your cataracts removed in order to keep your driver’s licence.
- AVC’s Alcon Refractive Suite is the most advanced Cataract theatre in the UK.
- The entire patient journey is all under one roof.
- Treatment can be undertaken from the point of diagnosis and prevents further deterioration in vision.
- Over 300,000 cataract treatments are performed every year in the UK
- AVC are the leaders in Multifocal lenses and we are able correct any prescription.
- Bespoke Multifocal & Trifocal lenses means you are completely glasses free.
- Piggy back lenses can allow for a complete correction even if you have already had NHS treatment.
- Clear Lens Exchange treatment will prevent the formation of cataracts.
This procedure involves removing the cataract formed in the natural crystalline lens and replacing it with an intraocular lens (IOL) implant to correct the vision. There are different types of intraocular lenses and the lens determines whether a patient will be completely glasses free.
Cataract treatment will only take approximately 30 minutes per eye and each eye is treated separately. Cataract surgery is able to completely restore the sight lost caused by the cataract. It is one of the most commonly performed procedures in the world, with over 300,000 performed in the UK every year and it is even considered by the World Health Organisation as one of the safest treatments available in the world today. The only requirement to be suitable for treatment is to have a cataract, even if it has been just diagnosed and is an early cataract. However if you do not have cataracts and want to correct your near, far and intermediate vision then Clear Lens Exchange could be an option.
Cataract Treatment Process
The cataract treatment will take 30 minutes per eye and each eye is treated individually, one day after the other. The process is as follows:
- When arriving at the clinic on the day of surgery our friendly and experienced clinical team will guide you through every step of the way.
- Anaesthetic drops are used to numb the eye.
- A sedative is given and the pupils are dilated using drops.
- An eyelid guard is used to prevent blinking.
- A micro incision is made at the edge of the cornea.
- The phacoemulsification probe is used to break up and remove the cataract or natural lens.
- The tailor-made intraocular lens is placed in the capsule where the natural lens used to be.
- There is no need for stitches due to the micro incision being self-sealing.
- Our specialist nurse will go through the precautions and medications that are needed to aid recovery.
- Your aftercare will begin the next day with a check-up for the treated eye.
Our 5 star treatment is all about what is best for you
Step 1: Your Consultation
At your detailed consultation, we will carry out a thorough range of tests on your eyes to find out if you are suitable and to design the very best treatment plan for you.
Step 2: Your Surgery
With AVC’s world renowned laser eye surgeons and state of the art technology, you are guaranteed to experience surgery that is second to none.
Why choose Advanced Vision Care?
- UK’s leading independent vision correction clinic.
- First and only clinic in the UK to have the latest and most advanced technology in Cataract surgery, all of which can be found in our Alcon Refractive Suite.
- Treatments are truly bespoke, customised to each individual’s specific visual parameters and requirements to achieve outstanding results.
- Completely independent surgeon led clinic and have no affiliation with any manufacturers or paid consultants enabling us to choose the best lenses to fit our patients’ visual and lifestyle needs.
- Provide all patients’ with the best possible care, constantly surpassing expectations.
- The UK and Ireland’s leading provider in ICL and Multifocal IOLs.
- Our world class surgeons have over seven decades of combined experience, they include the world renowned Dr CT Pillai, Dr Goran Helgason and Professor Martin Filipec.
- To make it easier for patients’ to get the best treatment suited to their needs, AVC has partnered with the UK’s leading health insurance providers.
- We have the largest independent optometrist network in the country, meaning patients’ can have treatment at the Harley Street clinic and enjoy incredible aftercare at a more convenient location.
- All appointments from the consultation to treatment and aftercare are all performed at the AVC clinic on Harley Street.
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We started the vision correction revolution in the UK and our surgeons are pioneers in ophthalmology. Our popularity has spread around the world via word of mouth alone.
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Now more people than ever can have the world class treatment with Advanced Vision Care on Harley Street. Our pricing is not only transparent but we have ensured that there are several ways to fund treatment so that no one has to compromise in quality of care, standards or technology. At AVC we offer interest free finance plans to help spread the cost and we have partnered with the UK’s leading insurance providers to make Harley Street quality available for more people.
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