Video: What happens at a private cataract surgery appointment?

Here I explain the different steps that occur at a private cataract surgery appointment.

Well, you come and see me specifically for your private cataract surgery in London and that’s very important. First of all you get an assessment for your vision. So I’ll ask you to actually objectively measure your vision on a chart. It is a simple, tried and tested way of assessing how much you can see in the distance.

You will also get an assessment for your prescription. So we use a machine to test you for what your glasses, if you do wear glasses, what correction you need.

And then you’ll be assessed by myself, we’ll have a long chat about what your symptoms are, we will discuss your symptoms such as blurred vision, loss of colour and difficulty focusing. And then we’ll discuss any other past eye history which is relevant to you. We’ll discuss your past medical health history and make sure that you aren’t on any medications which could be causing the problems with cataracts and things like that.

The other part of that is to be examined fully – and this will involve measuring certain aspects of the eye. We look at the front the eye first, we measure the eye pressure. We also dilate with pupils on your first visit. Your pupils will get dilated by drops and that will make your vision temporarily blurred and I have a good look at your cataract that way and make sure that there are no changes at the back of the retina. We can do other tests which involve imaging just to ensure that you have a fully healthy eye before we consider cataract surgery.

The best way to do that is to call me, the number in the end of this video, and we can arrange to do all that for you specifically as we discussed.

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About Jaheed Khan

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.