Private Cataract Surgery
Advanced Vision Care is the world leader in Private Cataract Surgery. We carry out the most advanced laser and non-laser vision correction treatments available in the UK, and we are the only clinic to offer the new high-tech Alcon Suite to treat people suffering from cataracts.
Deciding to have private cataract treatment can be a life changing one. So researching what your options are is crucial to identifying the perfect clinic, surgeon and treatment for you. The success, or otherwise, of any kind of eye surgery will largely be determined by the skill and experience of your operating surgeon and the technology used.
Benefits of Private Cataract Surgery
Private cataract treatment has the following benefits:
- You can have cataract surgery as soon as it is diagnosed – no waiting for you to get to the front of a horrendously long NHS waiting list to be treated. and your quality of life is maintained with an early cataract surgery.
- Your quality of life is maintained with early cataract surgery.
- You can carry on with day to day tasks such as driving, reading newspapers and using computers without any hindrance.
- You know the capabilities and experience of your surgeon, rather than hoping that the surgeon who will be performing on your eyes is as qualified and as experienced as you hoped they would be. Collectively, AVC’s world class surgeons have 75 years of experience.
- One of the most important factors when considering private Cataract Surgery is the lens that will replace your natural lens when you have surgery. At AVC, we only provide custom tailored lenses that are designed to meet your personal requirements guaranteed, rather than the typical one-size-fits-all mono-focal lens that you often have to accept at many other eye clinics and on the NHS. We provide multi-focal lenses to all our patients which normally last a lifetime.
What is a Cataract of the eye?
A cataract is a cloudy patch in the lens of the eye which can cause your vision to become misty or blurred. It is the most common cause of vision loss in people over the age of forty, and can occur in one or both of your eyes. Cataracts can be easily treated and removed to fully restore your eyesight.
Type of Cataracts
There are three main types of cataracts:
- The subcapsular cataract: This cataract forms at the back of the lens – you are most at risk of developing this type of cataarct if you take steroids or are suffering from diabetes.
- The nuclear cataract: This forms deep in the central area of the lens and is most commonly associated with ageing.
- The cortical cataract: This occurs in the lens cortex, which is the portion of the lens that surrounds the central nucleus. It is characterised by white, wedge-shaped opaque areas which start at the edges and work their way into the centre like spokes on a wheel.
What is the cause of Cataracts?
Cataracts are most commonly associated with growing older and many otherwise healthy people will develop a cataract at some point in their lives. Having said that, we have seen cataract patients as young as thirty five years of age.
In addition to the natural ageing process, there are some other reasons that people might develop a cataract. These can include:
- Suffering with diabetes
- Trauma to the eye, such as a blow or perforation
- Taking particular medications such as steroids and statins
- After eye surgery for other conditions
- Having a family history of cataracts
As well as these mainly unavoidable reasons, there are a number of other factors that may be involved in the formation of cataracts, some of which can be avoided. These include:
- Excessive alcohol consumption
- Excessive exposure to ultraviolet light, such as sunlight
- Poor diet with few antioxidants
Research into these other influencing factors is still ongoing, but early indications suggest that people who exhibit one or more of these factors are more at risk of developing a cataract.
What is the treatment for Cataracts?
The primary treatment for all types of cataracts is surgery. Private Cataract Surgery at Advanced Vision Care is bespoke as it is always tailored to the personal needs for every individual patient. We are the only clinic in the UK that can perform laser and non-laser based vision correction treatments under one roof at our prestigious Harley Street clinic in the heart of London.
Private Cataract Surgery with AVC
When you decide to have treatment with AVC:
- Cataract treatment takes under one hour using the very latest techniques
- To many peoples’ surprise, no injections or stitches are required.
- A very tiny incision is created within your cornea into which a minute ultrasound probe is inserted.
- Your damaged lens is broken down using high frequency sound waves which are subsequently vacuumed from your eye.
- The individually tailored lens is then placed in your eye. There is no scarring and stitches required on account of the incision being so small.
- Your eye effectively self-heals.
Claiming cataract treatment costs through private health insurance
AVC enjoys worldwide recognition from both patients and healthcare professionals alike. Advanced Vision Care is approved as a BUPA Accredited Cataract Full Pathway Provider as well as working with several leading health insurance providers including:
BUPA, AVIVA, Allianz, Simply Health, CIGNA, The Exeter, WPA and many others
Successful cataract treatment journey
Maureen initially went to the NHS for cataract removal surgery, but never actually had it as they only offered her mono-focal lenses. After extensive research, Maureen decided to have cataract treatment at AVC due to the impressive experience of our eye surgeons and the fact that we provide custom-built multi-focal lenses which were best suited to her personal needs.
Interested in Private Cataract Surgery with AVC?
If you would like to find out more about Cataract Surgery at Advanced Vision Care and how it can completely change your life, then why not call AVC TODAY on 0800 652 4878 to discuss your treatment options and how you might be able to claim the costs from your health insurance provider. Or why not request your free information pack or book your consultation to find out how we can help you.