A cataract is the natural clouding of the lens in the eye.
Most frequently it is due to age-related changes but this can be brought on at an earlier age due to trauma or other medical conditions such as diabetes. It may also be genetic occurring at a younger age. It is estimated that 30% of people aged over 65yrs have a visually disabling cataract.
It causes blurred vision, glare, difficulty with reading and can be easily recified with cataract surgery. Cataract surgery is a safe and effective procedure and involves removing the human lens and replacing it with a man-made intraocular lens (IOL).
In femto-second cataract surgery, the laser makes precise corneal incisions, a perfectly round and centered opening (capsulorrhexis) in the lens and fragments the cataractous lens. The lens fragments are removed easily with less energy required. Ths allows for perfect IOL centration which is essential with modern premium lens implants which require the lens to sit in the centre of the eye / capsular bag in order to optics to work correctly. Lens technology is constantly evolving and a thorough discussion of all the different lens options, their pros and cons will be had with Mr Maycock to determine which is the most appropriate lens for your lifestyle and needs.Book a Consultation
At a glance
15 minutes (per eye)
Local / topical anaesthetic
Advised at consultation
Frequently asked questions
Who is suitable for this treatment?
Anyone with a cataract. Symptoms include blurred vision, reduced colours / contrast sensitivity,, photophobia (sensitivity to light), glare and difficulty seeing at night.
Is this treatment safe?
Cataract surgery using the femtosecond laser is extremely safe. However, as with all types of surgery, there is asmall associated risk. Potential complications include posterior capsule rupture (National PCR rate is 1 in 100 whereas my rate is 1 in 725), under or over correction, swelling or tears in the retina, infection (National rate 0.14% my infection rate is 0.018%) and loss of vision.
Will it hurt?
It is a painless procedure: topical anaesthetic eye drops ensure the eye is fully numb. Patients also have the option of regional local anaesthetic, sedation or general anaesthetic. This will be discussed at your consultation.
When can I expect the final result?
Most patients find their vision has significantly improved within 24 hours of the procedure. The pupils may appear to be dilated for up to 48 hours as this is how long it takes for the eye drops we use for surgery to wear off. You should wait until the day after surgery to drive, and sunglasses may need to be worn for the first 24 hours if you’re experiencing sensitivity to light.
What our patients say...
Both my eyes (cataracts) were operated on by Mr. Maycock, who made me and my wife very comfortable at my consultation. He was very reassuring and explained the procedure extremely well. All throughout the procedure Mr. Maycock was explaining the process – and the result is amazing. Furthermore, as a retired Film/TV Cameraman my expectations were very high. Needless to say the result of the op has surpassed all expectations- and my eyesight is now better than ever. Mr. Maycock’s interaction is very professional and reassuring. I found the whole experience very rewarding.
Had cataract surgery on both eyes, in April and June of 2023. The results were/are amazing. The colour spectrum changed and the world is a brighter and more colourful place. My night vision improved dramatically and 30 years of wearing glasses is in the past. Excellent service and a painless procedure, efficiently carried out by Mr Maycock and the other staff at the centre. Definitely a 5 star service from all involved and highly recommended. My sincere thanks.
Shining light.I have just had my second cataract removed, by Mr Nick Maycock. Having the new lenses has made an enormous difference already! Nick made me feel very comfortable and answered all my questions. The procedure was quick and painless. And at the end he assured me, all had gone well. In light of my experience, I would have no hesitation in recommending Nick Maycock to anyone who is in need of eye Surgery.
It is now two days after my second cataract procedure and I am truly amazed to see clearly again. After the first operation, which was carried out carefully and efficiently, I was delighted, however, after the second operation, I feel that a lifetime of wearing glasses is likely to become a distant memory. I have to admit to being apprehensive about the procedure. Mr Maycock understood that taking time to summarise the procedure and to answer questions helped dispel my concerns. I am in awe of his technical skills and very grateful to him for his interpersonal skills. Excellent in every way.