What is cataract treatment and how does it work?

Interview transcription

We interviewed Alex Shortt to find out what cataract surgery is and how it works.

Interviewer: What is cataract treatment and how does it exactly work?

Alex Shortt: Everyone’s heard of cataract surgery and I’m sure everyone has had a family member or someone that they’ve known who’s had cataract surgery. It’s the most commonly performed operation in the world.

What it involves is a keyhole surgery technique where we make three extremely tiny keyhole incisions in the eye. We use a protective gel to protect the insides of the eye and we carefully remove the natural lens through these keyhole incisions. After this, we’re left with an eye that has no lens and, therefore, the eye is not focused.

We then have to place a lens implant in the eye. The type of lens will depend on the patient’s unique eyes and what they hope to achieve. The lens implant determines the sight correction you get afterward and whether or not you need glasses after cataract surgery.

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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.

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