All About Cataracts

Welcome to your online guide for everything you need to know about Cataracts.

Browse, explore and search for information on symptoms, diagnosis, surgery and advice on what to do (and not do) after cataract surgery.

The content on this website is written by clinicians – Optometrists and Ophthalmologists from SpaMedica* – all specialists in cataract treatment. All About Cataracts is a directory to aid understanding of cataracts and to reassure anyone who has cataracts on the process for treatment.

The contents on these pages should not be taken in substitution of medical advice and if you are experiencing any changes in your eyes or eyesight please visit your optician.

* SpaMedica is the UK’s largest NHS cataract surgery provider, providing cataract surgery to thousands of NHS patients each year (to find out more click here to visit their website)

Receiving Cataract Treatment

About half of the UK’s population will develop cataracts in their lifetime. Primarily, cataracts develop with age, but they can also develop from birth or by excessive consumption of alcohol, smoking, diabetes, taking steroids or steroid-based medication, eye injury or historic eye surgery.

If left untreated, cataracts can result in the loss of vision and are the leading cause of vision loss around the world, with over 20 million people affected. Treatment for cataracts is a relatively straightforward surgery and here’s a video from the RNIB with some info on cataract surgery and Roy’s story.

You can find out more about surgery in the Treatment section on this website.

Most frequently asked questions

  • Come back? – Can cataracts come back?

  • Removal – How are cataracts removed?

  • Driving – Can you drive after cataract surgery?

  • Surgery – Dos and don’ts after cataract surgery

  • Surgery – How long does cataract surgery take?

  • Recovery – How long does it take to recover from cataract surgery?

  • Work – How long are you off work after cataract surgery?

  • Appearance – What do cataracts look like?

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