Cataract Questions2018-01-12T12:41:36+00:00

Cataract FAQs

Private Eye Care in London
by Consultant Laura Crawley

Frequently Asked Cataract Questions

All modern cataract surgery uses phacoemulsification to break up and extract the cataract from the eye. Your specialist may use lasers rather than micro-instruments to make the openings in the eye and on the capsule. But they are not used to extract the cataract. It is the surgeon’s preference to use micro instruments or laser.

The human cataract lens once removed does not return. The capsule that holds the human lens and holds the new implant can become frosted over time. This occurs often (10-20%) and is usually what people mean when saying ‘the cataract came back.’

It is not a complication of surgery. The specialist uses a laser to clear the frosting from the capsule as a painless and low-risk outpatient procedure.

You do not need to stop aspirin, warfarin or other antiplatelet therapy before the surgery. If you are on warfarin, the INR will need to be measured 1-3 days before the procedure to ensure it is in the normal therapeutic range for you. Laura Crawley has a lot of experience in operating on patients who take these blood thinning medicines.

Cataract surgery is a planned procedure in the majority of cases and is not an emergency. If you have a fever or are unwell then it is better to defer the surgery until you recover. Infection inside the eye is potentially blinding. The specialist will take all measure to reduce the chances of this occurring.

Yes, you should take all tablets as normal on the day of surgery.

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I had the best experience working with Dr Crawley. I felt looked after and she took the time to get to know me. I would highly recommend her.

Sven K. | Brighton

From the moment I met her to the moment I left, I was treated with great courtesy and kindness, and everything was explained to me in layman’s terms so I could fully understand my condition. I was immensely impressed.

Paul | London

“Thank you very much for seeing me yesterday, you were marvellous and a pride to the NHS”

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Dear Laura,
Just a quick note to say thanks for looking after my mum Mrs M. so wonderfully. It was so good of you to take so much time and care as she was very worried about my appointment and you really made such a difference to my experience. Thank you.

Ruth S. | Oxford

Dear Angela and Laura,
Thank you very much for seeing me yesterday. You were both marvellous and a pride to the NHS. You could, if you two wish, send this to your line manager. Thank you again!

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