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Fast-track
Cataract Referral

Optical People have proudly partnered with SpaMedica, providing support to thousands of patients that require cataract surgery. Our fast-track cataract service is still NHS funded, whilst drastically reducing NHS cataract surgery waiting times at general hospitals. This means we can deliver the highest quality care without lengthy waiting times, at no cost to you.

SpaMedica is one of the leading providers of NHS eye patient services in the UK, helping patients see clearly again. We have partnered with SpaMedica to give people the best advice and choices to help improve their vision and provide a high standard of care to each of our patients.

What is a cataract?

A cataract is a clouding of the lens in your eye. With age, proteins in your natural lens begin to break down and the lens becomes clouded. Some people don’t even realise they have a cataract because it usually grows very slowly and may not impede vision early on.

What causes cataracts?

Cataracts are predominantly caused by a build up of UV light over time so in the UK, they are usually caused by the aging process, but other causes include medical conditions like diabetes, inadequate UV protection from the sun, eye injuries and past surgeries, and long-term use of steroids.

There are no medications, dietary supplements, or exercises that have been shown to prevent or cure cataracts. Surgery is the only way to correct your vision and remove the cataract once it has developed.

Your Eye Health

If you’re concerned about your vision or eye health in general, a routine eye test can provide all the information you need. In most cases, any vision correction only requires glasses or contact lenses.  If cataract treatment is required, then it’s good to know you’ll be in great hands with SpaMedica and, we can take care of all the necessary referral details for you.

Eye test

How is a cataract removed?

Cataract removal generally involves two steps: removal of the cloudy (cataract) lens, and its replacement with a uniquely designed lens implant called an IOL (intraocular lens), specifically designed for your eye.

After Cataract Surgery

You may return almost immediately to all normal activities. Your cataract surgeon will direct you in the correct use of your post-surgical eye drops. Several check up visits are needed to check on the progress of the eye as it heals.