Information on cataract surgery
For an overview of cataract and cataract surgery please download our Moorfields patient information leaflet here.
Mr Flynn also offers a number of premium cataract surgery options including toric intraocular lenses, multifocal intraocular lenses, femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery and bioptics (see below for more information). These options are only suitable and advisable for certain patients and Mr Flynn will explain the options and guide you to make sure you get the right treatment for you.
Spectacle-independence after cataract surgery
In the past, the aim of cataract surgery was to improve spectacle-corrected vision - patients expected to wear glasses for distance and near vision after the procedure. Nowadays with modern lens calculation formulae and measurement technology most patients do not need glasses for distance vision after cataract surgery. Glasses are usually required for reading. Even the most modern technology and formulae cannot, however, guarantee spectacle-independence and about 10-20% of patients will require glasses for distance vision tasks (such as driving) after cataract surgery. Such patients may benefit from enhancement laser refactive surgery to achieve spectacle-independence for distance vision. Combining cataract surgery with laser refactive surgery to achieve the desired refractive outcome is known as bioptics.
Standard lens implants can correct a patients near- or far-sightedness but not astigmatism. Toric lenses can reduce astigmatism and are advisable for patients with significant astigmatism who are keen to achieve spectacle-independence for distance.
Multifocal lens implants can reduce spectacle-dependence for distance, intermediate and near vision. These lenses are not suitable for everyone. Mr Flynn can assess your suitablility and discuss the options with you.
Femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery
Modern cataract surgery is a precise technique that involves 7 steps. It is now possible to perform the first 3 steps using a laser rather than manually. The laser creates precise and reproducible openings in the cornea and the capsule of the lens. An important "head-to head" trial of manual technique versus femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery is currently being carried out at Moorfields Eye Hospital.
Cost of private cataract surgery
For information on the price of cataract surgery with Mr Flynn please click here.