My husband is a customer at Altrincham and he has been told he has cataracts in one eye. He has recently had new spectacles which improved his vision temporarily but it has now worsened. The vision in this eye is blurred and we are concerned re his driving etc.
Can you advise me how soon he can have the operation for removal of cataracts......do they have to be at a certain level before the operation, and who refers him, is it yourselves or his GP?
He is covered with private medical care and he would like the operation as soon as is possible.
Qualified optometrist Simon Kay BSc(Hons) MCOptom answers this question.
Once the vision has reduced to a level that is interfering with your day to day activities cataract surgery should be considered. Your optician can refer you direct through the NHS or privately to see a consultant surgeon. I would call the practice and see if this is possible without seeing the optician again, or the may want to do another eye test first. If you wish to go privately you will need to discus this with the optician.