Complex cataract surgery2020-09-16T11:22:41+00:00

Complex Cataract Surgery

When pre-existing conditions make cataract surgery more complicated
Call us on 020 3808 7758
Book a consultation

For FAQs regarding Coronavirus please click here

My reviews on Trustpilot

Hundreds of ★★★★★ reviews from people just like you

What is complex cataract surgery?

In complex cataract surgery, I personally guide you towards removing your cataracts as safely as possible
Book a consultation

Who can the treatment help?

Can you see yourself below?


cataract patient after surgery

You experience clouded, blurred or dim vision. You might have increasing difficulty seeing at night, or notice that colours are fading or yellowing. If that describes you, you might have a cataract.

If you have a very high glasses prescription, had an injury or trauma to your eye, have another eye disease or history of eye disease or have high blood pressure, diabetes or other medical conditions, I will need to consider all or any of these conditions in my treatment plan.

I can help you see clearly again – and often remove your need for glasses or contact lenses at the same time.

Live a richer life without cataracts, reading glasses or varifocals

Complex cataract surgery is an excellent solution if you want a safe and effective treatment for your cataracts, especially if you have other pre-existing conditions


Imagine getting your cataract removed and then seeing the whole of the world without the need for glasses or contact lenses. You’ll have a freedom that some patients call “life-changing”.


You don’t have to wait. Most patients say they wish they’d done it sooner. You may feel more confident and will certainly experience more convenience.


Awaken ready to read the morning headlines on your mobile or tablet. Take a shower without the blurriness. Work and exercise without glasses or the dryness of contact lenses. See the world in bright and vivid colour. Stop the constant need to put your glasses on and off. Don’t worry about where you’ve left your readers or needing to keep half a dozen pairs around the house.


Many people with cataracts fail to notice how their lives begin to shrink as they stop doing things they most want to do. After refractive cataract surgery, you can re-engage with the activities and people that bring happiness to your life.


You might feel as fit as you did in your 40s and 50s, so there’s no reason why your eyes shouldn’t be able to keep up. These days, we’re living active lives well into our 60s and 70s – why allow cataracts or glasses to get in the way?

Affiliations and memberships

I am proud to be associated with these organisations as a member or consultant

Vision correction enables people of all ages to experience a richer life without spectacles or contact-lenses

I’ll guide you through the sometimes confusing world of vision correction options

My patients love their lives after vision correction

“Mr Shortt was very patient and kind with me while I had a little bit of a freak out directly before surgery. He quickly put me at ease and reassured me that nothing would be done until I was 100% ok with it. I cannot recommend Mr Shortt and his team highly enough, patient, caring and very professional.”

Nicki O.

“Quite simply the best medical experience I’ve had. Mr Shortt’s knowledge, professionalism and attention to detail was faultless and the aftercare absolutely Impeccable.”


“I cannot recommend Mr Shortt highly enough. Very organised and gets back to you quickly with any questions you have. Is very thorough in his explanations and makes you feel at ease before surgery. Surgery was quick and the results were brilliant. Aftercare was top notch as well.”

Ross G.

“I had LASIK done 2 weeks ago and it was the best decision ever! The procedure was very quick, painless and the result was instant. Dr Alex Shortt was very competent and easy to talk to. He’s calm, knowledgeable and a charming person.”

Natasha, LASIK

“Mr Alex Shortt successfully performed Lens Replacement Surgery on both my eyes on the 13th October 2017. The care that I have received from Alex and his team through out the process has been amazing. Choosing Mr Shortt as my surgeon was one of the best decisions that I have made. I would very highly recommend Mr Shortt. l will always be grateful to Alex for the amazing care and results I’ve received – thank you!”

Roma A., Lens replacement

“Excellent care by a first class consultant. Would not hesitate to recommend Mr. Alex Shortt. Puts you at ease, explains every aspect of the treatment he is going to adminster and his care and professionalism are excellent. He is simply the best.”

Lorraine B.

“Don’t want to write a load of waffle so people get bored. All I can say is if you are thinking of having eye surgery go and speak to Mr Shortt. You won’t be disappointed. We need more surgeons of his high standard in the UK.”

Andy D.

“Mr Alex Shortt’s manner and brilliant skills are of the highest professional and caring standard one could ever expect to receive. I am now living in a bright new world no longer needing spectacles after wearing bifocal lenses for the past 24 years.”

Laura D
“I can honestly say the care I’ve received has been outstanding. Nothing has ever been too much trouble, he has taken the time to explain everything in detail, and has gone above and beyond on multiple occasions to ensure I get everything I need. He has always treated me respectfully and ensured we have made decisions together. I’ll always be grateful to Alex for the amazing care I’ve received.”

“During the procedure Dr Shortt explained what he was doing every step of the way. This really made me feel at ease and reassured throughout. He made the whole procedure very simple.”


Supplementary information about complex cataract surgery

In my expert hands, you certainly don’t need to know all of the information I’ve included in the toggles below. If you’d like to know how it all works, however, open them and learn more.

You may require complex cataract surgery if:

  • you have a very high glasses prescription
  • you have had an injury or trauma to your eye
  • you have another eye disease or history of eye disease
  • you have high blood pressure, diabetes or other medical conditions
  • you are taking particular medicines (Doxazosin or Tamsulosin).

Cataract surgery is one of the most commonly performed and successful surgical procedures available.

In the majority of cases, the surgical procedure is likely to be relatively straightforward. However, there may be unique individual issues or scenarios that demand a higher degree of interaction.

I care about every single patient and each and every scenario. If we need more time to assess and plan your treatment – we do that with care and compassion.

Anatomical issues such as the size of the eye and pupil can present technical challenges, as can other conditions such as uveitis or other inflammatory eye conditions.

If you have glaucoma, diabetes or other ocular diseases and subsequently develop cataracts or if you have incredibly high prescriptions, we consider you at a higher risk than the average cataract surgery patient.

For this reason, your surgery and aftercare is more complex and requires more exceptional experience, attention to detail and more careful observation of your eye’s reaction to sugar.

In some cases, you will require additional planned procedures or medicines during or after cataract surgery to ensure a successful outcome.

There are well-established treatment plans to manage most scenarios, and my personal experience of managing complex cataracts will be critical to maximising your outcomes.

Take the first step

Find out if your eyes are suitable for vision correction

Request a call back

How it works

Enjoy a life free from cloudy vision in 3 easy steps





Give us a call on 020 3808 7758 and we’ll help guide you towards a first appointment.


I’ll see you before treatment to ensure you’re a good candidate and treat you at one of my Harley Street London facilities.


I’ll supervise your aftercare as you begin to experience a life free of glasses and contact lenses.

Even more information about complex cararact treatment

I frequently write articles and publish videos to answer people’s most common questions and keep them updated on the latest developments in vision correction. Find out more below…

About the author

Mr Alex J. Shortt | Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon

MB BCh MSc PhD FRCOphth PGDipCatRef

I’m Alex Shortt, a highly trained academic researcher and Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon based in London’s famous Harley Street medical district. I trained and worked as a consultant for 14 years at London’s Moorfields Eye Hospital. I specialise in advanced technologies for correcting vision, including cataract surgery, implantable contact lenses and laser vision correction.

Learn more about me
Go to Top