Pioneering surgery offering the gift of sight

A safer, more effective alternative to cataract removal

Millions of British people can look forward to a lifetime of better sight thanks to a revolutionary treatment that has just been launched in the UK, which offers safer, more accurate and less invasive treatment for cataracts.

For many years, cataracts have been seen as an unavoidable side-effect of ageing. Current techniques for cataract removal, which centre on high-frequency ultrasound to achieve “phacoemulsification”, nevertheless require a 3mm incision with a blade, before the cataract is broken up.

Where the London Eye Hospital differs from this treatment is in the microscopic detail of the procedure. Using a Femtosecond cataract laser, surgeons create a 3D model of the eye at close to micron levels of accuracy.

Bobby Qureshi became the first surgeon in the UK to use this approach in August 2016 and is the most experienced laser cataract surgeon in the UK. London Eye Hospital and Mr Qureshi combine the Femtosecond laser technology with the latest in premium lens implants to give patients freedom from their glasses and contact lenses.

The Patient View

Patricia Paul was 33 when she decided she needed to buy reading glasses. A few years later she needed glasses for driving. As she approached her 60th birthday she began to realise that her regular day-to-day vision had also deteriorated, so she decided to have laser eye surgery to correct her eyesight.  

The initial results were impressive, but seven years after the surgery, Patricia noticed that her vision was again deteriorating. This is not uncommon after traditional laser eye surgery since, as we age, the natural lens inside the eye changes, a condition called presbyopia. This affects almost everybody over the age of 40 and reduces the eye’s ability to focus sharply on nearby objects, so reading glasses are required. Specialist lens implants can treat presbyopia but the surgeon told Patricia that she also had cataracts. This is a clouding of the natural lens in the eye and affects most people from their mid-50s, causing  blurred vision which cannot be corrected by glasses. Colours also lose their brilliance and whites are dimmer.

Fortunately, Patricia had recently read about Light Adjustable Lens (LAL) implant surgery, the most technologically advanced implant now available, with the capacity to be altered after surgery to give the best vision possible without the need for glasses. The LAL, developed in the US by a team of Nobel Prize-winning scientists, is a revolutionary new type of lens that can give a patient “HD vision” after it has been inserted into the eye.

Patricia had Light Adjustable Lens surgery at the London Eye Hospital, and was delighted by the results.  It was performed by Mr Qureshi, BSc MBBS FRCS (Ophth.), consultant ophthalmic surgeon and medical director at The London Eye Hospital. “Not only was my procedure a complete success, but Mr Qureshi was an absolute pleasure to work with,” Patricia says. “He always took the time to explain everything, and was never in a rush. I now have the best vision that I’ve ever had. It’s amazing how sharp and colourful everything looks.”


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