Eye Surgery FAQ’s

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What are typical Cataract symptoms?

Please find more detailed information on our Cataract symptoms page.

Is there a cure for Cataract?

There is no cure for cataract apart from surgery. Cataract is a very common form of ageing of the natural lens that we are all born with. It is possible to find the earliest signs of cataract in a lot of normal people over the age of 60. There have recently been reports in the press that drops may eliminate cataract. Unfortunately, these claims have not been scientifically verified and the drops are not recommended by Mr Ursell.

How do I know if I need surgery?

A cataract does not have to be removed just because it is there.
Surgery is undertaken when the cataract interferes with your normal activities such as driving, reading, hobbies or watching television.
Cataract surgery is safer and better for the health of the eye if performed when the cataract is at an early stage. Cataracts do not need to be ‘ripe’ before being removed. Each person is different, your individual circumstances will be discussed and surgery performed when you need it.

Where are you based?

Please visit Our Clinic locations page for the full list.

Does the Cataract Doctor treat international patients?

Mr Ursell has an international reputation due to his frequent lectures at prestigious conferences around the world and his overseas charity work which means that we treat many patients from all parts of the world. We can easily organise appointments and scheduling for surgery to incorporate all of your travel plans. The clinic is located 30 minutes from both Heathrow and Gatwick and within easy reach of central London.

Do you offer help with travel?

We have been treating patients from overseas for many years.  We have found it best if you make your own arrangements to travel to the UK and we can suggest a variety of places to stay whilst you are with us for treatment.

Do you offer a translation service?

Unfortunately, we do not offer this service and recommend that you bring someone with you who can translate. We often have the translator or a relative to come into the operating theatre for reassurance during the procedure and patients often find this very reassuring.

What Anaesthetic will I have for the eye surgery?

Please read our Cataract removal page for more detailed information.


Will a laser be used for Cataract surgery?

There has been a recent development for using a femtosecond laser for cataract surgery. This has been heavily marketed as ‘no blade’ surgery or ‘laser cataract’ surgery. The concept is very early in its development and to date unproven. So far there has not been any research that Mr Ursell shows that this offers any advantage and a recent Cochrane review of the literature agrees that there are very few unbiased scientific publications on this. As yet there has been no reliable findings that it offers better results and some reports that it offers a worse outcome. Surgery on your eyes is something that should not be undertaken lightly. Mr Ursell has been involved in research into how to improve cataract surgery his entire career and does not recommend this technique.

What will recovery from eye surgery be like?

After routine cataract surgery the majority of patients can see well enough to drive within 24 hours. Patients frequently say to us that the vision is better than they have had for many years when they wake up the next day. They can see much brighter, fresher colours and detail in the distance that astounds them. You may have a slightly scratchy and red eye for a day or so. There is always the possibility of variation after any surgical procedure so if this does not occur for you immediately, please wait a day or so or call us if you are concerned.

How much does eye surgery cost?

Please visit our Cataract Operation costs page to find out more.

What payments do you accept?

We are happy to take payment over the phone with a credit or debit card. We can also accept direct BACS transfer, cheque or cash. Unfortunately, we do not currently accept American Express.

Can I have eye surgery twice?

Routine cataract surgery has a very high success rate and 97% – 98% are delighted with the results so no further surgery is required. There is a 1/500 chance of serious complications that may require further surgery depending on the situation. Mr Ursell often gets referrals from other surgeons after surgery to provide repairs if there is a problem.

Will I need glasses after eye surgery?

This depends on the type of implant you chose. If you have a monofocal distance implant virtually all patients will be free of distance glasses but most will need reading glasses.

If you have multifocal implants in both eyes, about 80% are spectacle independent for both distance and reading. The different type of implant is a personal decision and you can discuss which would be best for you when you have your consultation with Mr Ursell.

Will I have 20:20 vision after eye surgery?

Our figures show that 97% – 98% of patients are delighted with the results of surgery and see very well. These patients can get as much vision as their eyes are capable of delivering for them. If you have other sight problems such as macular degeneration, glaucoma, diabetes or a lazy eye, this will not be cured by cataract surgery and your vision will still be limited by these other factors despite perfect surgery. All of these factors will be discussed with you when you have your consultation with Mr Ursell.

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