Cataract surgery2021-09-01T14:32:41+00:00

Cataract Surgery

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Cataract surgery explained

In these toggles we explain what you need to know about cataract surgery

Research shows that cataract treatment very significantly improves the quality of life of those who have had it.

Cataract surgery is now so sophisticated that it is usually carried out with just local anaesthetic drops.

The technology involved is such that the cataractous lens can be liquefied and removed through an opening no bigger than 1.8mm.

Better still, the procedure usually takes less than 10 minutes, meaning that recovery is rapid and the risks are very low. In fact, it is riskier to live with a catar act than to undergo cataract surgery at My iClinic London.

Having a cataract is now an opportunity, not a problem.

Cataract surgery is the most successful operation in medicine today – it is one of the true cures in modern healthcare.

Once treated, you can return to live a normal and full life. In fact, many patients enjoy better vision after undergoing cataract surgery than they did before cataracts even developed.

Here at My iClinic, we put your spectacle prescription into your implant so that you no longer need spectacles for distance.

Post-surgery, most of our patients can carry out daily routine tasks without the need for glasses, even if they depended on them beforehand.

If you want to be completely free of glasses for all distance, you can have PRESBYOND laser surgery after you’ve had cataracts removed.

Cataract surgery is very safe. We believe that in our hands, the risks of living with cataract outweigh the risks associated with cataract surgery.

The major risk is an infection of the eye. The symptoms of an infection include your eye becoming suddenly red and your vision going blurry a few days after the operation.

We can rapidly and effectively treat the infection by injecting antibiotics into the eye.

In our last 8200 patients, infections have only occurred in 2 patients. That means, in our hands, your risk of a severe infection is 1 in 4100.

Cataract surgery can affect the retina in very rare cases. It can cause a retinal detachment or waterlogging of the macula (the line of vision). This can harm the vision.

All surgery carries minute risks. Although these risks may seem frightening, it is important to remember that not having the cataract removed and living with blurred vision is probably riskier. Accidents that occur living with cataract can be more dangerous than having the operation itself.

Because the standard fixed-focus implant is artificial, it can not autofocus. This means you will need reading glasses for all close work after the operation.

Monovision is when you have one eye focused for near, and the other focused for distance. We can do this at the time of your cataract operation.

In this situation, when you look in the distance, you can see sharply with the distance eye, and the near-eye backs it up. When you then look at something close the near-eye sees sharply, and the distance eye backs it up. Because of this, you won’t need to wear glasses for routine tasks at near or distance. However, you may need to simple glasses when fine vision is required,

Some patients find this type of vision very useful, while others have difficulty getting their two eyes to work together without glasses. There can be a zone where the near and far vision doesn’t overlap, and so glasses are necessary. In almost all cases, eventually, the brain adjusts to the new vision.

We can give you a preview of monovision using disposable contact lenses. This way you can see whether it would be suitable for you.

If you want to be completely free of glasses after we have removed your cataract, then you can have PRESBYOND. This is laser eye surgery to blend the vision from near to far, and we can do this 3 to 6 months after your cataract surgery.

The results from cataract surgery include:

  • You have greater freedom
  • Your natural vision is restored
  • You can drive comfortably at night
  • You are able to do the things you love to do without having to reach for your glasses or lenses first

What do our Cataract patients say?

We are proud to hear we make a meaningful difference to your life

Mr Bolger suggested having cataract surgery on both eyes on the same day and whilst I had concerns, I decided to go ahead. The day after I was able to remove the eye pads and I had perfect vision. I have told many people that it was the best thing I have ever spent my money on. I have needed spectacles or contact lenses since I was 9 years old and now have 20/20 vision with no assistance from spectacles. I would highly recommend the My-iClinic.

Mrs Penelope Carrozza

Just discharged after having monovision cataract surgery in both eyes I am delighted with the outcome. I can see both near and far and have been able to dispense with my contact lenses and glasses. I have been well looked after from my first contact. Mr Bolger was very professional and reassuring and I felt at all times that I was in good hands. I cannot fault the whole experience including the charges, which having researched various alternatives, proved to be very reasonable.

Anne Collins

My-iClinic was recommended to me by 3 different people that had surgery there so I was not nervous. From booking the first appointment, to the surgery for cataract on both eyes, the aftercare instructions and post operation consultation, it was smooth sailing all the way. I was warmly received and was comfortable because I felt I was in safe hands because of the professionalism of the staff, the environment which was very clean with very nice soothing decor, and so many equipments. The whole procedure was explained thoroughly by the team of nurses and technicians and also by the surgeon, Ms Odufuwa. The procedure was painless and quick and my eyesight improved tremendously (like 100%!!!) and I don't need glasses anymore!!! I must thank Ms Odufuwa and her team for the great and efficient service received and I would not hesitate to recommend her and the clinic to my family, friends and associates.

Olukemi Thomas

I can fully recommend My-iClinic as they are professional and extremely friendly. I was very nervous about having my cataract surgery and extremely anxious. However, upon arrival I was made to feel completely at ease and Mr Bolger put all my concerns to rest. I would highly recommend him to anyone. I would like to thank the whole team who saw me through this especially Matt and Pawel. Thank you everyone at my-iClinic!

Maureen Smart

I came to My-iClinic to have my cataract operation. The receptionist was professional and friendly as were the staff who performed the tests necessary for my consultant appointment. The booklet I was given to read was so informative I had very few more questions to ask. On the big day I was reassuringly prepared for the op which has been extremely successful. Thank you

Louise Edwards

Mr Bolger (My-Clinic) was recommended to me by a friend of mine, who is an eye surgeon, to be the best hand in the country. My experience came true to expectation. I am extremely happy with the result of my cataract operation by Mr Bolger and the excellent post-op care. I am also grateful to Mr Bolger’s surgical team and staff at My-Clinic.

Nancy Ghazi

I was delighted with the results of my surgery for cataract performed by Ms Bola Odufuwa. She explained every detail of the procedure to reassure me at every step as I was apprehensive at first. After surgery, I was amazed to see how bright and clear everything was immediately. Her precise instructions on how to care for my eyes post operatively ensured that I had a rapid and successful recovery. I cannot thank her enough and feel totally rejuvenated. Ms Odufuwa had been recommended to me by a friend who had been successfully treated. I too would highly recommend her to anyone.

Kofo Anjori

I could not be happier with my “new eyes” (cataract surgery). I was very nervous and the team at the centre all went out of their way to put me at my ease. I found my consultation with Mr Bolger reassuring as he was able to it the risks into perspective. I am pleased I trusted his advice to have both eyes operated on at the same time. I can now see how unbalanced I would have been for weeks if I had had one eye operated on at a time.

Julie Graham

Excellent service as on previous visits. Just had cataract implant surgery by Mr. Bolger. All gone very smoothly. (Clinic took great, sympathetic care of my 97 year old mother earlier too.) All staff at the clinic are totally professional but friendly and accessible. You can call them if you have concerns without feeling you are a nuisance. Care is taken over hygiene and Covid security and the clinic is well equipped for running many different eye tests. I always recommend them to my friends as I have only had good experiences there.

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What do our YAG Laser Patients say?

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I am a returning patient to the My-iClinic having had both my cataracts dealt with by Mr Bolger in 2016 when I was 72. He told me at the time that, owing to my type of cataract, I would need another treatment at some future date and for some time I had noticed increasing greying of my vision in my right eye. I have now had YAG laser capsulotomy on this eye and the result is remarkable. I have renewed sharp and bright vision and I don’t need new spectacles at the moment. I have no hesitation to trust Mr Bolger with my left eye when it comes to its later stage of lens clouding.

Mrs Best

Such a seamless and wonderful process. my YAG laser surgery was carried out. Both reception and the Dr were fantastic, professional and very skilled… I would highly recommend this practice to fix any eye issues you may have.

Mr Greig

Efficient, knowledgeable and friendly staff. Had both my eyes examined and treated on the same visit. Apart from not being able to drive afterwards an easy, painless procedure to have. Very pleased with the results.

Mrs Groom

Took my mum to My-iClinic and I’m so glad I did. She’s been having problems with both eyes and has been extremely worried. All the staff at the clinic were professional, friendly and knowledgeable. Our consultant Ms Bola Odufuwa explained everything in detail. Mum needed a yag laser procedure in both eyes which was done then and there after all the checks. Mum is now very happy. I would definitely recommend My-IClinic.


Both my wife and I recently attended My-iClinic at Finchley for laser eye surgery and the outcome was very successful. But more than that the team here are very professional and everything is handled with a minimum of fuss whilst also being extremely polite and courteous.

Mr McCarthy

Competent, friendly and reasonable costs. Had my YAG laser COP treatment on both eyes today. No pain no discomfort at all. Can’t believe how my vision has already improved. Feeling like an eagle. A big Thank You to the team and Mr Bolger.

Siegrid Dawes

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Links to more information about lens replacement…

Educate yourself further by reading the links below

The NHS provides a thorough guide on lens replacement surgery, as well as laser eye surgery, with a comparison between the two. Click here for more information.

WebMD has a great guide that provides information on intraocular lens implants. Click here for more information.

The Royal College of Ophthalmologists provides an excellent guide on refractive lens exchange. Click here for more information.

The NHS shows what the recovery time will be like for a patient that has been through cataract surgery or lens replacement. Click here for more information

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About Our London Eye Clinic Experts

Meet the My-iClinic founders, Mr John Bolger and Ms Bola Odufuwa. Two consultant eye surgeons who made it their life goal to make your life better.


Bola Odufuwa

Consultant Ophthalmologist
Clinic Director

Bola Odufuwa is a consultant ophthalmologist at The Royal Free Hospital and My-iClinic. Her specialities include cataract, glaucoma, paediatric, and laser refractive surgery. Bola has had extensive training at Moorfields Eye Hospital, London, where she gained expertise in the management of various eye conditions.

Bola Odufuwa’s special interests include optimal refractive outcomes following cataract surgery, non-penetrating glaucoma surgery, and assessment eyesight in children with special needs: particularly dyslexia and autism.


Mr John Bolger

Consultant Ophthalmologist
Clinic Director

John Bolger is a Consultant Ophthalmologist and Clinic Director at My-iClinic. His specialities include ophthalmology, laser refractive surgery (SMILE, Presbyond, LASIK, PRK, PTK), refractive lens exchange (RLE), cataract surgery, glaucoma treatment and macular degeneration.

Over the course of his career, John Bolger has carried out over 35,000 cataract operations, 20 of which were for eye surgeons. He has also taught over 1500 young ophthalmologists worldwide as they begin their surgical careers.

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