Consultant Ophthalmologist,
Cataract & Refractive Surgeon

BMedSci BM BS MRCS MRCSEd MRCOpth FRCOphth MMedLaw PgD Cataract & Refractive Surgery

Cataracts

Font Size

This section of the website which has been written by Mr Amar Alwitry, has been designed to help you:

  • understand more about cataracts,
  • how cataracts can be treated,
  • cataract surgery and
  • what you can expect before and after surgery

If you have any queries or want to know about the costs of private cataract surgery please call or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

What's going on?

When light enters the eye it is focused on the retina by the lens within your eye. When you are first born the lens is completely clear. As we age the crystals within the lens begin to cloud resulting in blurred vision. Sometimes, with early cataracts the vision is not affected but light is scattered causing 'haloes' around lights (particularly problematic with night driving) and glare in bright conditions.

What will my ophthalmologist see?

The cataract should be quite obvious to the examining ophthalmologist. We will be able to tell you how bad it is and also whether there are any other problems contributing to your symptoms.

What can I do?

You need to decide whether you want an operation to remove the cataract. If you are contemplating this then click here for further information.

What do I need to know?

The cataract can removed with an operation that has a high chance of success if the eye is otherwise healthy. This is performed as a day case under local anaesthetic. Cataracts do not damage the eye, and only need to be removed if you have reduced vision and choose to have surgery to try and improve your sight.

One Stop Private Cataract Surgery

You are insured or you’re paying out your hard earned money so you want the best possible service.  If you are seen privately elsewhere you attend for your initial consultation and then you have to still wait for your surgery.  Often you have to return to the Hospital in between to have some more tests and eye scans.  This can be frustrating.

The One-Stop Cataract Service takes away all the to and fro.  You are seen, assessed by Mr Alwitry, and then operated on by him the very same day.  Often your initial appointment is around midday and you are on your way home by 3pm.  No having to book back in for surgery and risk cancellations, diary clashes etc.  A smooth, efficient and professional service.

What is a Cateract?

Cataract Removal Surgery

Frequently Asked Questions

Please read our frequently asked questions for more information about cataracts.

External Websites

The following is a list of other websites that may also be of help. Although we believe these websites to be useful we cannot be held responsible for the content of any external sites.