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Consultant Eye Surgeon, Dr Andrew Tatham discusses eye deterioration in this short video click here to watch the video.
It is paramount to have regular eye tests to make sure you have healthy eyes. On average people go to the dentist twice per year for a check-up, it is equally important to get your eyes checked regularly. As you get older the chances of needing treatment on your eyes increases.
According to statistics, in the UK around 1 in 3 people over the age of 65 have a cataract. Following on from what Dr Tatham covers in our video, conditions like cataracts are noticeable and people see the deterioration over time. Going to your local Optometrist for an appointment can help identify what treatment is required. If you have a cataract and require surgery you can be referred to The Edinburgh Clinic for treatment. During an initial out-patient consultation your Consultant Ophthalmic surgeon will assess your cataract and measure the length and curve of your eye and will explain the stages that will occur during surgery and any potential risks.
Once your Consultant has performed a complete assessment, an appointment for day-case surgery can be made. Surgery is usually carried out under local anaesthetic but the option of general or sedation is available. During surgery the cloudy lens will be removed and replaced with a clear artificial lens. You may notice an immediate improvement in vision, although it can also take from 6-8 weeks for the implanted lens to settle and your vision may remain out of focus slightly during this time.
After surgery, you will return for a follow-up appointment with your Consultant to check your new lens and have your vision retested.
Some eye deterioration can go undetected, such as Glaucoma. Like Dr Tatham explains in our video, with modern treatments surgery can be offered at an earlier stage. Having treatment at an earlier stage means that people can continue to live independently and do everyday things like driving, watching television, playing a sport or looking at small screens.
Glaucoma is known as the ‘silent thief of sight’ as unlike cataract you are not aware of your eyesight deteriorating. Glaucoma is a leading cause of blindness, therefore it is really important to receive an eye test to make sure your eyes are healthy.