Optometrist director Kiran Kaur writes about the importance of post-operative cataract care and what to do if you think you have cataracts.

‘Optics in the UK is changing with opticians becoming the first port of call for people with minor eye conditions. Nowadays, customers can come to us before their GP or local hospital, where we have the training, experience, equipment and capacity to help people quickly and refer them to the hospital if necessary. At our store we are able give pre- and post-surgical support for many conditions, including cataracts.

Small cloudy deposits

‘Cataracts are small cloudy deposits on the lens, which can cause blurriness, poor night vision, light sensitivity, light halos and decreased vision. Sometimes there is a visible lightening of the pupil or people seem to have to change their prescription more often than usual. It’s more common in older people, with 30 per cent of those over 65 having a visual impairment.*

‘In Essex alone there are nearly 14,500 people currently living with cataracts* and although technology has advanced so that surgery is practically painless and takes less than an hour, there is still a four- to six-week recovery period and post-surgical care is still very important. In England alone 330,000 cataract operations take place each year.*

Able to conduct post-surgical care

‘At Specsavers in Grays, we are now able to conduct this on behalf of the hospital eye services, allowing customers to be seen more quickly and be cared for by a community-focussed organisation as and when required, rather than sitting on long waiting lists.

‘We would always advise that people have their eyes checked at least once every two years. However, if people experience any of the above symptoms, I would say that they should definitely come in for a check-up as soon as possible.’

*statistics are sourced from the RNIB’s Sight Loss Data Tool

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