Treatment within the comfort and convenience of private facilities with no NHS policy restrictions
Cataract surgery with a difference:
- Micro-incision cataract surgery: this is carried out through a <=2.2 mm key hole.
This is a smaller incision than the so-called small incision currently used by most surgeons.
Micro-incision allows faster recovery and reduces the risk of infection.
Not all private hospitals or surgeons are able to offer ths service.
- The Option to minimise the need of spectacle wear after cataract surger.
Options include, but are not limited to, multifocal lenses and lenses for astigmatic correction.
These lenses are not suitable for all patients, however we believe that you should be offered the choice if it is available to you.
The use of specialist lenses requires extra consulatation time and careful planning to ensure that the choice of lens is suitable for you and fits in with your lifestyle.
Why is this service not available in the NHS?
This service is not typically available on the NHS because of the extra time needed for individualised planning and the extra financial cost compared to standard lenses.
The typical NHS cataract pathway saves on cost by delegating the pre-operative and post-operative assessment to non-medical staff, with the surgeon's role usually limited to a brief contact with the patient on the day of surgery and the surgery itself.
In order to plan cataract surgery aiming at spectacle independence the surgeon needs to see the patient pre-operatively, assess the patient's suitability, discuss the options, choose an individualised plan and then see the patient pos-operatively on more than one occasion.
Red, Itchy or Dry Eyes
Inflammation and Uveitis
Retinal and Macular Diseases
Treatment with Lucentis, Ozurdex, Avastin, with the reassurance that your ophthalmologist can select the most appropriate treatment or the bespoke combination thereof without being subject to rigid NHS rules and constraints
Wet Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)
Diabetic Retinopathy and Diabetic Macular Oedema (swelling of your central retina)
Retinal Vein Occlusions (clotting in the veins of your retina)
Central Serous Retinopathy (fluid building up under the centre of your retina) may be treated with Photodynamic Therapy (PDT), a treatment typically not funded in the NHS
Specific Disease Information
Treatment of Branch Retinal Vein Occlusions (BRVO)
Treatment of Central Retinal Vein Occlusions (CRVO)
Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD)
Anti-VEGF treatment for neovascular Age-Related Macular Degeneration (nAMD)
Diabetic Eye disease
Posterior Vitreous Detachment