Cataract surgery2021-05-19T10:53:45+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 cataract 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

My-iClinic is financially accessible to anyone who wants the best available treatment


How it works

There are 3 easy steps to gaining freedom from contacts and glasses
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Remember how great it feels to have happy and healthy eyes again.

Here’s what Londoners say after eye treatment

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

Double cataract removal in September 2018. The total experience from initial consultation to operation was most efficient. The result so far has been exactly as described in the brochure, I've never seen so well. I had glasses from just over 1 year old till now, (80+), what a difference!

Michael Turvey

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
james w

I had high confidence in the team working at My-iClinic due to their attentive and thorough end-to-end service, from the reception desk to the operation theatre. I have recommended the practice already to multiple friends, family members and colleagues. (And my eyesight is better than I even hoped for!)

Ames Ward

Absolutely fantastic. I was very nervous having my laser treatment for narrow angle glaucoma. The Consultant was wonderful, caring and very understanding. She talked me through the procedure and was extremely patient. Definitely recommend My-iClinic.


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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

About the 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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