Cataract Surgery

A combination of the latest laser cataract surgery technology, multifocal and toric lens implant choice and an accomplished expert Consultant Eye Surgeon for your cataract surgery. What more?

Cataract Formation

Cataract Formation

What is a cataract? 

A cataract is a clouding of the natural lens in the eye. The natural lens changes with age and begins to lose its transparency and becomes a cataract. When cataracts begin to form, vision becomes increasingly cloudy. Patients with cataract experience  reduction in vision, cloudiness of  vision, a sensation of a film covering the eye, reduction in the brightness of colours and reduced contrast sensitivity (ability to see shadows of grey). Early symptoms incdicilude dazzling from car headlights at night and a progressive shift towards short sight, which can interfere with many aspects of everyday activities such as reading, working, driving and playing sports.

Cataract Surgery and RLE Surgery

Cataract Surgery and RLE Surgery

What is cataract surgery? 

Cataract Surgery is an operation to replace the eye’s natural lens with an artificial one.  Cataract Surgery is an operation to replace the eye’s natural lens with an artificial one. With around 1 in 3 people over 65 requiring surgery at some stage, cataract surgery is the most common elective surgical procedure in mene.

An identical technique, known as Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE), is used where the purpose of cataract surgery is primarily to reduce a person’s dependence on glasses or contact lenses, rather than to clear blurred or cloudy vision resulting from a cataract. RLE is an effective treatment for patients with presbyopia (the age-related condition characterised by the need to wear reading glasses in later life) or whose short- or long-sight prescription is too high for laser eye surgery.

Why private cataract surgery?  

The main advantage of private cataract surgery is that you will have your eye surgery performed by a consultant eye surgeon of your choice, giving you the reassurance that your eyes are in experienced hands with best possible outcome with the lowest possible risk.

Private cataract surgery also gives the patients far greater choice in terms of cutting edge latest femtosecond laser technology that allows unprecedented precision in human hands. Also patients have a much wider choice  in lens technology including the possibility of having a toric lens to eliminate astigmatism or a multifocal lens to give you greater independence from glasses for both distance, computer and near vision. Combining laser cataract removal technology with the latest lens implant choices (multifocal and toric)  increases the chances of  eliminate the need for glasses and running an active life.

Why Mr Maurino at Moorfields?

Vincenzo Maurino is Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon at Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and the Director of the Cataract Surgical Service at Moorfields. Vincenzo principal areas of expertise include cataract surgery performed with femtosecond laser and multifocal and toric IOL implants. Vincenzo has great experience of multifocal IOL cataract surgery and has lead several studies on multifocal IOL (www.ioltrial.org).  Mr Maurino has published scientific papers on cataract surgery and advanced lenses implants and having performed more than 20,000 cataract/RLE procedure, he will be able to advice on the best options to suit your specific needs.

The only way to discover which of our procedures is appropriate for you is to come to us for a consultation to one of our clinic locations: at Moorfields Eye Hospital or at the London Claremont Clinic. Lasting around 1½ hour, our team will perform a series of comprehensive eye tests, some of which will be familiar to you, and some are specific to the assessment process for cataract surgery or RLE.

We think it’s important that all of our patients have the chance to meet their surgeon at the consultation, not just on the day of treatment. Mr Maurino will fully examine your eyes and go through the results of your eye tests with you, and will advise you as to the treatment most appropriate for you. It’s your chance to ask questions so that you have all the information you need to make the decision whether or not to go ahead. It’s entirely up to you – there’s never any pressure from us.

Catalys | Laser Cataract Surgery BostonLASER CATARACT SURGERY : The most advanced form of blade-less cataract surgery

The latest technique for cataract surgery uses femtosecond laser technology that allows more than 50% of the surgical procedure to be performed in a laser room and with unprecedented uniformity of precision thanks to the accuracy of the laser.  The precision and reproducibility of the laser makes cataract surgery safer and more predictable than ever before.

When combined with the latest advanced lenses patients can look forward to the best possible vision after cataract removal or lens exchange surgery.

Mr Maurino has embraced laser cataract surgery at Moorfields since 2012 and has performed hundreds of laser cataract procedures. He has presented the results of his personals series of laser cataract procedure at International meetings such as the ESCRS 2014 and ASCRS 2015 (European and American Societies of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons).

Each eye has a unique size and shape Femtosecond Laser Cataract Surgery with the Catalys Laser advanced 3D imaging technology builds a 3D map of each eye and tailors the treatment to that map. This enables surgeons to create a customised treatment plan that matches the uniqueness of each eye. Laser cataract surgery offers patients and physicians a gentler and easier cataract removal whilst providing precision and accuracy that is approximately ten times greater than that achieved with manual techniques. The procedure is fast but precise procedure with little or no discomfort for patients and allow the physicians to customise the procedure with advanced 3D imaging.

It is now nearly one month since Mr Maurino performed small incision cataract surgery on both my eyes at Moorfields eye hospital. The reception at Moorfields was immaculate, very friendly and most efficient. The first operation was over in minutes, painless and I could see straightaway afterwards. Although I was in some trepidation prior to the first operation, I was positively looking forward to the next one a week later. To put the degree of discomfort into perspective, the worst bit has been putting the anti-inflammatory drops into my eyes for the past four weeks as they sting quite a lot. Well, that’s not much to complain about when you consider that I can scuba dive, ski, ride my motorbike and lots of other things without ever having to bother with glasses or contact lenses ever again – not even for reading!Vincenzo Maurino is a very nice man and very good at his job – and I can assure you, the reader, that I am not related to him. Thank you Vincenzo, I hope you will help many more patients over the years and for many more years to come.
   DH Femtosecond Laser Cataract and Multifocal IOL Patient 2013.