Frequently Asked Questions
A cataract does not need to be “ripe” or “ready” for surgery, as some people may think.
Cataract surgery is appropriate for anyone that has symptoms of cataract, has discussed the benefits and risks of cataract removal with their surgeon, and feels that treatment is the right decision for them.
This decision is very individual as symptoms that are felt to be minor by one person may be extremely troublesome to another person. This is the reason that a detailed discussion with an experienced surgeon is an essential step in deciding whether or not to proceed with surgery.
Most people having Refractive Cataract Surgery will have considered laser refractive surgery as an option and been told that it will not provide good vision for distance, middle and reading; or they may be above the age of 50 years and have decided that Refractive Cataract Surgery is a better option because it is a one-off treatment since a cataract cannot develop later in life.
With laser refractive surgery it is inevitable that a cataract will develop at some point in time and then a further procedure will be required to remove it.
Prof Muhtaseb will discuss all treatment options with you, including the options that he feels are not suitable.
This is because he feels you ought to know what is available and have all the information needed to make an informed choice.
Prof Muhtaseb will explain why he believes certain options are appropriate while others may be less optimal, and always allows time for plenty of questions until you are satisfied with the final plan of management.
Refractive Cataract Surgery is very successful. However, no medical intervention carries a guarantee of perfection and all operations carry an element of risk.
The risks with Refractive Cataract Surgery are very low and most of the issues that can arise are amenable to treatment.
The risk of serious adverse events is very small indeed and this type of surgery remains one of the most successful surgical interventions.
The risks will be discussed with you in detail at your consultation with Prof Muhtaseb.