Video: How safe is private cataract surgery?

Mr Jaheed Khan talks about the safety of private cataract surgery. Read here the steps that guarantee a reliable surgery for you.

Well, the first thing to say about the tests is, don’t worry about them. They’re safe, they are not going to hurt you. But they’re absolute necessary at the first appointment because we need to establish what conditions are associated with cataracts and to make sure that we do all the measurements that are specific to a cataract operation.

And the specific measurements that we are going to talk about are the actual length of the eyeball and the curvature in the front of the eye. And we have a very fancy formula which we put in. And it calculates your specific lens. This is a custom-made lens for you, which enables you to restore your vision after your cataract operation.

We do all of that – it is painless – it literally is sitting on a little machine which just shines a light in the eye. It takes about thirty-seconds and it gives you a printout and we discuss your options based on what those numbers mean. There is a lot of jargon, but I’ll break it down to a lot of simple things for you to understand, to make sure that you’re happy.

The other thing that will do is just ensure that you don’t have any problems with the retina because our elderly population may have slight changes within the retina. We have to ensure that that’s not going to stop blurred vision getting better with routine cataract surgery.

So it is the whole package really: We do all the tests that are relevant to the surgery, we do all the tests that are relevant to you to ensure that you don’t have any other conditions which might have gone unnoticed and ensure that you’re happy with what we’re planning to do.

And if you want to discuss any further details of that, then you can ring the number at the end of this video and I will be more than happy to see you in my clinic.

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About Jaheed

My name is Jaheed Khan and I am a Consultant Eye Surgeon at Moorfields Eye Hospital and Clinica London.

My special expertise is in cataract surgery and conditions affecting the back of the eye, the retina, including AMD (Age Related Macular Degeneration), diabetic retinopathy, and various other diseases of the retina.

I have over 15 years experience in treating people with eye problems just like you, and have published extensively in scientific journals about treating eye conditions.

In my NHS practice, I am responsible day-to-day for the training of the eye surgeons of the future.