Refractive Cataract Surgery

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Do you need cataract surgery?

Signs that you need cataract surgery include difficulty reading signs when driving, a disabling glare while driving at night, and trouble participating in hobbies due to poor vision.

What is refractive cataract surgery?

The only way to treat cataracts for good is through a lens replacement surgery called cataract surgery. In basic cataract surgery, the lens is replaced with a monofocal implant. However, in refractive cataract surgery, the new replacement lens also corrects any refractive errors which can cause poor vision. So, refractive cataract surgery does more than just treat cataracts, it can also improve your vision too.

Are you suitable for refractive cataract surgery?

Firstly, you must have a cataract which is affecting your vision and daily life to be suitable for refractive cataract surgery.

Secondly, you must have a prescription that falls within a certain range to benefit from the improved vision an advanced technology lens can offer.

If you meet these two requirements, Mr Tariq Ayoub may carry out some further tests to check if you are eligible for this type of lens replacement surgery. These tests will show whether the procedure has the potential to eliminate your need for glasses or contact lenses.

Why choose multifocal over monofocal lens replacement?

In basic cataract surgery, a monofocal lens is implanted in the eye. This allows for good vision for distance but you still need to wear glasses for excellent vision at all distances. Glasses are used after surgery to correct refractive errors (problems in the way the light bends within your eye) which can make it hard to see things close up or far away.

If you wish to be glasses-free after surgery you need an advanced technology lens, a multifocal lens, which can treat refractive errors at the same time as treating the cataract and restore your vision.

Surgical procedure

We make a tiny incision to remove your cataract and replace it with a synthetic lens. You won’t need stitches, and your vision should improve quickly over a few days.

Private cataract surgery consultation

During your consultation, Mr Ayoub will discuss with you the choice of lenses suitable for your eye. This includes the option of using an advanced technology lens to reduce the dependence on glasses.

Mr Ayoub is a highly experienced cataract surgeon having done thousands of cataract surgeries – simple and complex.
His outcomes are far superior to the expected national outcome benchmark.

Benefits of cataract surgery

Basic cataract surgery improves your vision. This improvement brings many other benefits including:

  • Freedom to participate in more activities
  • A richer, more enjoyable experience of life
  • Decreased risk of falls and fractures

Additional benefits of refractive cataract surgery

Refractive cataract surgery improves your vision at the same time as removing your cataracts. This brings additional benefits including:

  • Vision improvements beyond cataract removal
  • Reduced reliance on glasses or contact lenses
  • Associated cost savings

refractive cataract surgery

If you want a better quality of life, free from glasses or contact lenses, refractive cataract surgery could be your best option.

After a thorough consultation and testing process, Mr Tariq Ayoub will offer his expert advice on the most suitable treatment for you.

Book a consultation today to get started and prioritise your eye health.


    All surgery carries a risk, read more about how risks are managed and mitigated at Oculase.

    This will depend on the health of your eyes and choice of synthetic lens implanted in your eye. Use of a Trifocal Advance Technology Lens generally reduces the dependence on glasses.

    During your consultation, Mr. Ayoub will discuss the various lens options available to you and advice you on the suitability of each lens for your eye.

    The surgery is generally pain free as anaesthesia in the form of drops is used during the surgery to numb the eye.

    Yes you have the option of having both eyes done on the same day.

    Generally most people are ready to return to work/general day-to-day activities 3 days after surgery. However, heavy lifting and strenuous activity should be avoided for 2 weeks after surgery. Mr. Ayoub will discuss your personal circumstances with you during your consultation.

    Driving can be resumed when the legal standard is met, typically one week after surgery. Mr. Ayoub will discuss your personal circumstances with you during your consultation.

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