Blakelands Hospital is a sight to behold for cataract patients

Eye surgery patients enjoy high quality treatment and short wait times.

Cataract surgery is the most common operation performed in the UK, with more than 300,000 procedures carried out each year.

Blakelands Hospital in Milton Keynes has a team of Ophthalmologists that provides Ophthalmology services for both Private patients and NHS patients.

The hospital opened in 2006 and is a purpose-built day case unit that provides high quality treatment with short wait times for patients.

Blakelands Hospital is rated as Good by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) following a recent inspection.

Here’s everything you need to know about cataracts…

What is a cataract?

A cataract is when the natural lens in your eye becomes cloudy, usually caused by ageing. A cataract causes blurred vision or changes the focus of your eye and can develop in one or both eyes.

In the UK, most people who are aged 65 or older have some degree of visual impairment caused by cataracts, with men and women both equally affected.

What are the symptoms of cataracts?

The most common symptom of cataracts is blurring of vison, but cataracts may also affect your sight in other ways.

This includes altered colour perception, regular changing of glasses, difficulty seeing in dim or very bright light, finding it uncomfortable to look at the glare from bright lights, and double vision.

What does cataract surgery involve?

Cataract surgery is usually performed under a local anaesthetic and the operation usually takes about 10 minutes. Surgery involves removing the cataract and replacing it with an artificial lens implant.

How long will it take for me to recover from cataract surgery?

Cataract surgery is classed as a day case procedure meaning you should be able to go home a few hours after the operation.

How do I see an Ophthalmologist at Blakelands Hospital for my cataracts?

If you think you may have cataracts and want to use your Private Medical Insurance or self-pay for your treatment, call 01908 049665 or email blakelands.enquiries@ramsayhealth.co.uk for prices.

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