Cataract surgery in adults
Cataracts are a very common condition – it’s estimated that a third of adults in the UK over the age of 65 have a visually impairing cataract in one or both eyes. Approximately 95% of cataracts are age related so cataract surgery is now one of the most commonly performed surgeries in the UK.
What are cataracts?
In a normal eye, the lens is clear. A cataract is a clouding of the eye’s lens causing a gradual blurring of vision. Typically, a cataract and the associated symptoms usually worsen over times and there are no non-surgical treatments that can slow down or improve the effect of cataracts.
Once cataracts are interfering with your daily activities, then you may wish to consider cataract surgery.
What is cataract surgery?
Cataract surgery is a highly effective procedure with a high success rate. During your procedure, Mr Imran Jawaid will remove the cloudy lens with a clear artificial replacement. The procedure takes approximately 30 to 60 minutes and anaesthetising eye drops are used combined with mild sedatives to make it as pain free as possible.
You will be provided with comprehensive aftercare after your procedure and recovery usually takes a few days. Once fully recovered, you should be able see things in focus and glare is minimised.
Eye squint in adults
Squint, known medically as strabismus, is an eye condition where the eyes do not point in the same direction. This can present as convergent (esotropia), divergent (exotropia) or vertical. It can be present as continuous or only some of the time and in one eye or alternating between the two eyes.
How common in squint in adults?
It’s estimated up to 2% of adults suffer from a squint.. The condition can have been corrected in childhood with surgery but has reoccurred or can be a recent development resulting from other health issues such as a head injury, diabetes, or stroke. Most people with a squint experience double vision, fatigue, and difficulty with a 3D or stereo-vision. They may also be concerned about the aesthetic appearance of their eyes.
How is squint in adults treated?
The first step is to diagnose the underlying cause. A restrictive squint in one or both eyes is due to scarring or tethering of the eye muscles, commonly resulting from thyroid disease. Alternatively, a squint may have been corrected with surgery in childhood and the condition has reoccurred.
Squint surgery is the preferred approach for adults suffering from strabismus, correcting both the alignment of the eyes and any issues with double vision. It is a very common procedure in which Mr Imran Jawaid will tighten or move the muscles that control eye movement.
Imran Jawaid can offer strabismus surgery using adjustable sutures as well as small-incision (fornix) squint surgery. Adjustable sutures are ideal for adults where there is a risk of post-operative double vision. After surgery the eye position is examined and any adjustments can be made using local anaesthetic at the bedside.