What are cataracts?

A cataract occurs when the natural, clear lens in your eye becomes cloudy. This is typically caused by ageing. This cloudiness can prevent light rays from passing through the lens of your eye, and distort your vision. Cataracts can develop in one or both eyes.

Around half of all people between the ages of 65 and 74 have cataracts and this rises to 70% after the age of 75. Other causes of cataracts may include eye injuries, certain diseases such as diabetes, some medication or genetically-inherited conditions.

What are the symptoms of cataracts?

Early changes in eyesight due to cataracts may be slight but as the lens in your eye becomes cloudier, some common symptoms include:

  • Blurred or distorted vision
  • Difficulty reading or seeing fine details
  • Difficulty driving at dusk or at night
  • Sensitivity to bright lights and glare
  • Frequent changes in prescription glasses

When should I see a doctor?

If your cataracts are not disturbing your daily activities, immediate treatment may not be necessary However, once cataracts start interfering with your daily activities, such as reading or driving, they can be treated surgically.

Surgery to remove a cataract can be carried out at any stage once the condition has been diagnosed. Over time, cataracts will gradually get worse, and most affected patients will eventually need cataract removal surgery.

What treatments are available?

Currently, there are no effective medications or supplements for treating cataracts. Cataract surgery is one of the most common operations performed in the UK, and the latest advances in eye surgery technology have increased the safety and effectiveness of this procedure.

At Circle Health, we can arrange a private clinical appointment for you to visit a leading consultant ophthalmologist who specialises in cataract surgery. This initial consultation will involve a thorough medical history and examination of your eye to decide whether you actually need cataract surgery at this stage.

To book a private appointment please use our enquiry form


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