Cataracts

A cataract is clouding or opacity of the lens inside the eye. It causes gradual blurring of vision and often glare.

​Cataract surgery at Moorfields Eye Hospital was recently profiled on the Health Show Live. You may find this video useful to learn about how a cataract develops and how it is treated.

  • Inside your eye, behind the iris and pupil is a lens. In a normal eye, this lens is clear. It helps focus light rays on to the back of the eye (the retina), which sends messages to the brain allowing us to see.

    When cataract develops, the lens becomes cloudy and prevents the light rays from passing on to the retina. The picture that the retina receives becomes dull and fuzzy.

    Cataract usually forms slowly and most people experience a gradual blurring of vision.

  • Most forms of cataract develop in adult life. The normal process of ageing causes the lens to harden and become cloudy. This is called age-related cataract and it is the most common type. It can occur at any time after the age of 40.

    Although most cataracts are age related, there are other types, including congenital (present at birth), drug induced (steroids), and traumatic (injury to the eye). Cataract is also more common in people who have certain diseases such as diabetes.

  • The most common treatment for cataracts is an operation to remove the cloudy lens and replace it with a clear artificial replacement. This treatment is quick, and can greatly improve vision.

  • Moorfields Private has a worldwide reputation for providing the highest quality treatment and care for private patients seeking cataract surgery.

    All of our surgeons hold accredited consultant positions at Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, working at the very top of their profession.

    We pride ourselves on offering a service with complete continuity. At each visit, you will see the surgeon of your choice who will supervise every aspect of your care from start to finish.

  • A full medical history will be taken to ensure the consultant is aware of any medical conditions that may affect your ability to undergo surgery. The consultant will also discuss possible alternatives and will advise on your best option after assessing your eye health.

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Mr Keith Barton


Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon

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Professor Paul Foster


Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon

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Mr Niaz Islam


Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon

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Professor Adnan Tufail


Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon

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Mr Ananth Viswanathan


Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon

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Mr Michael Miller


Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon

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Mr Himanshu Patel


Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon

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Miss Dawn Sim


Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon

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Mr Daniel Gore


Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon

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Mr Nicholas Strouthidis


Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon

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Miss Miriam Minihan


Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon

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Mr Romesh Angunawela


Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon

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Mr Paul Sullivan


Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon

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Ms Laura de Benito-Llopis


Consultant Ophthalmologist

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Mr Robert Henderson


Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon

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