CATARACT is the most common cause of blindness in the world. Causing a gradual deterioration in vision, patients will become unable to drive, find it increasingly difficult to read, suffer the effects of “glare,”
especially on sunny days and will eventually lose their sight altogether.
If your vision is deteriorating because of this condition, you can be treated quickly (with an operation under local or general anaesthetic) at The Chesterfield Hospital in Clifton.
Complications of cataract surgery are fortunately uncommon. The most serious complication is infection which can blind the eye, however this complication is rare, occurring only in approximately 1 in 1,000 cataract operations.
Other complications that occasionally occur include dislocation of part of the cataract into the back of the eye, or problems with the retina such as swelling of the retina (macular oedema), retinal detachment or bleeding, all of which require further surgery to correct.
I trained at Moorfields Eye Hospital, in London, and worked there for a year as a consultant before moving to Bristol
Most of my work involves cataracts – I am a cataract specialist, but I also see patients with other acute ophthalmic problems and general ophthalmology.
Surgery to remove cataract usually takes about 20 minutes and the patient is free to leave hospital just an hour after the operation.
By adjusting the strength of the implanted acrylic lens, it is often possible to correct long or short sightedness as well as astigmatism and reduce the need for strong glasses. Most cataract operations will result in a return to normal vision as long as the eye is not diseased in any other way.
Removing cataracts is a routine operation in Britain and is available on the NHS, but if you need both eyes treated, it may not be possible to have the operations scheduled close together, which can be a problem also you don’t have the choice of choosing the surgeon with the NHS.
However, it’s always possible to have both eyes done within a short period of time, which is a crucial point for patients who have high refractive errors, who usually develop an imbalance after having only one cataract operation done.
The vast majority of patients treated by me report an “excellent” standard of care. I always ask patients who have had their cataract operation done under my care at The Chesterfield to fill in a questionnaire, which shows that more than 95 percent say it is an excellent service, with very good communication, that the hospital is clean and the team is very friendly.
I have evidence of good feedback from each patient of mine over the past two to three years.
I think having your cataract operation under my care at Chesterfield is a
“five-star service,” and I work there with a “very good team”.”
Bristol Eye Hospital,
Lower Maudlin Street,
Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon at Bristol Eye Hospital, from April 2011 until present
It is a substantive job with special interest in cataract, acute ophthalmology and Primary Care.
Bristol Eye Hospital is one of the pre-eminent institutions specialising in eye surgery in the United Kingdom. The hospital is a purpose built eye hospital constructed in 1986, on the site of the original hospital first established in 1815.
Bristol Eye Hospital is a centre of excellence for both clinical practice and academic research and is a University Teaching Hospital linked to the University of Bristol with a staff of over 20 Consultant Ophthalmologists including an academic Professor and Senior Lecturer. The medical staff also include around 12 junior doctors training to be future Consultants. In addition fellows, medical students, optometrists and nurses also undergo training at the hospital.
Bristol Eye Hospital is a tertiary referral centre for the South West of England and covers the whole range of sub-specialties within ophthalmic medicine. It provides an A+E service which treats over 22,000 patients annually.
My role is to perform cataract surgery and lead the A&E team. I also undertake general and cataract clinics at Bristol Eye Hospital.
Bristol Eye Hospital
Lower Maudlin Street
Tel: 0117 342 4883