Suspended inside every human eye is a tiny lens that is crucial for clear vision. As we age that lens can slowly go cloudy, and such a lens is then referred to as a cataract. This process most commonly affects both eyes, but one can be more affected than the other.
If cataracts develop, you will notice progressing blurring of your vision, and possibly halos around lights at night or an inability to see well in bright sunlight due to glare. The only known effective treatment for cataracts is specialist surgery where the cloudy lens is removed and replaced by a clear plastic lens that permanently rests inside the eye.
Although the idea may sound terrifying, cataract surgery is normally not painful and the overall results are excellent. It is however an operation and like all operations it carries risks. These risks, and also what benefits you as an individual are likely to experience, will be discussed in detail before you consent to having surgery. There will be ample time to ask questions if you are uncertain about any aspect of the treatment plan.
Further information on cataract is available on the following reliable web sites:
PO Box 942,
Mrs Louise Ayre – Practice manager
Phone: 0161 927 7322