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Formation of a cataract is common and as we age, the likelihood increases.
Cataracts usually form quite slowly with minimal symptoms at first, worsening as the cataract becomes more dense.
Over time, the lens within the eye loses its transparency and vision is affected. Cataracts can develop in one or both eyes.
Vision will not improve, long term, with new glasses. The ONLY treatment is a routine operation to remove the opaque lens. This is then replaced with a lens implant.
If quality of life is relatively unaffected then an operation may not be elected. Most people however opt to have the procedure, which is one of the most common and beneficial and it has an excellent safety profile.
New technology combined with continued training has improved the outcome of this procedures. Many patients tell us that their vision is better than it has ever been, even before they had cataracts and this is because we precisely match the most appropriate lens with patients' needs.
At 6:6 Vision. Professor Aggarwal uses LensAR for safe removal of the cataract.
LensAR cataract laser surgery provides 3D imaging of the eye to reduce the risk of damage to surrounding tissue during surgery
Cataract surgery is one of the most common procedures and one with the highest safety profile. Laser cataract surgery permits a SAFER and MORE PRECISE procedure without any of the unwanted side effects that can result from traditional incisions and sutures.
Until very recently, cataracts (cloudy lens) were removed by making an incision in the cornea and emulsifying and removing the lens with a technique / equipment called phacoemulsification.
A major new development to this, has been the recent launch of LensAR, which enables the safe removal of cataracts using laser.
The technique is BLADE FREE and therefore STITCH FREE, has ADDED PRECISION (SAFE) and permits a greater degree of CUSTOMISATION.
Not so long ago, the aim of cataract surgery was to remove the cloudy lens within the eye and replace it with a clear one. Vision would be much improved (especially if vision was very poor due to the density of the cataract) and glasses would be needed to 'fine tune' vision for whilst the replacement lens offered clarity it only offered fixed focus, usually set at distance, with glasses being used for near - reading.
For people who prefer to wear glasses for reading, this is still a treatment option.
Refractive Cataract Surgery not only improves clarity, without inducing or increasing astigmatism, but also aims to reduce existing refractive problems such as astigmatism or long / short sightedness. This involves the use of advanced surgical techniques [at 6:6 Vision, we use LensAR Laser] and special lens implants.
Professor Aggarwal uses a range of premium lenses (multifocal and tri-focal implants) to achieve optimal results.
Because everyone's requirements are different, a full-length consultation and range of visual assessments are carried out to determine which style of lens or combination of lenses will produce the best result. This is sometimes referred to as the 'Custom Lens' Option.