Cataracts

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

  • 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.

  • ​Cataract surgery at Moorfields Eye Hospital was recently profiled on the Islam Channel’s Health Show Live. You may find this video useful.

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Mr Gus Gazzard


Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon

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Miss Narciss Okhravi


Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon

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Mr Robert Henderson


Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon

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Mr Daniel Gore


Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon

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Mr Graham Thompson


Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon

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Mr Tom Flynn


Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon

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Mr Ranjan Rajendram


Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon

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Mr Nicholas Strouthidis


Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon

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Mr George Saleh


Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon

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Dr Patrick Yu Wai Man


Consultant Ophthalmologist

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Mr Sajjad Ahmad


Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon

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Professor David Gartry


Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon

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Ms Laura de Benito-Llopis


Consultant Ophthalmologist

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Ms Alessandra Martins


Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon

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Mr Keith Barton


Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon

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