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.
If you have glaucoma, we can treat most cases with drops. The drops work by lowering the pressure of the eye back to the target pressure for that eye. If drops fail to achieve the target pressure, we may have to consider surgery. The surgery involves passing a very fine fibre around the drainage canal and tying it so that the canal drains more effectively. This operation is called a canaloplasty, and we can perform it from inside or outside the eye.
A group of drugs known as anti-vegF can reverse and improve wet macular degeneration. Currently, there are three different brands of these drugs, two of which are licensed; Lucentis and Eylea. Because they have been through the regulatory process, they are far more expensive.
Another drug of the same group known as Avastin is equally effective and safe. However, it has not been through the regulatory process and therefore is much cheaper.
In addition to a prescription of contacts and glasses, we may suggest Cross-linking.
Corneal cross-linking is where we use special eye drops and ultraviolet A (UVA) light to help the damaged tissue in your cornea grow stronger. This process stops the bulge on the eye from getting worse as it adds special bonds that work like support beams to help the cornea stay stable.
If you do have or develop this lifelong condition, it is important to understand the nature of it so that you can learn to embrace it. Having a lack of knowledge incites fear, and so you should do your research and ask us any questions you have.
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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!
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.
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!)
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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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.
Consultant Ophthalmologist Clinic Director MBBS DO FRCS (Ed) FRCOphth MSc
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 FRCS DO FEBOS -CR
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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