Cataract Surgery

Ms de Benito interviewed by the BBC about cataract surgery

A cataract is a natural clouding of the lens within the eye. Common symptoms of cataract are cloudy or blurred vision, glare or haloes around bright lights and difficulty with night driving. A cataract can form at any stage of life, but is more common over the age of 60. Cataracts are also more common in patients with diabetes or those who have taken oral steroids for conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis.

Cataract surgery removes the cloudy natural lens and replaces it with an artificial intraocular lens that gives clear vision with vibrant colour. Modern cataract surgery is a highly technical microsurgery with minimal discomfort and rapid recovery of vision. Patient's vision is often better than ever after surgery, as it is possible correct short-sight, long sight and astigmatism at the time of surgery. When combined with femtosecond laser cataract surgery, multifocal lenses and laser eye surgery, patients are often completely independent of glasses for near, intermediate and distance vision.

 

Femtosecond laser cataract surgery

Femtosecond laser cataract surgery

Femtosecond laser cataract surgery offers absolute precision in surgery with exact intraocular lens centration and stability, critical for toric and premium multifocal lenses. By completing several surgical steps from outside of the eye the amount of ultrasound energy and instrument manipulation within the eye is reduced, hence increasing surgical safety. Laser cataract surgery is completely pain free and takes only seconds to complete. Ms de Benito uses the latest Lensar femtosecond laser for cataract surgery.

 

The latest toric and multifocal lens technologies

Cataract surgery is an opportunity to improve the natural optics of the eye and hence the choice of intraocular lens that is used  is critical. By only working with the highest standard lenses from companies such as Alcon, Zeiss and Abbott, Ms de Benito is able to offer her patients their best possible vision. For appropriate patients who wish to be independent of glasses she use the Zeiss AT-LISA trifocal, AMO Symfony or Alcon Panoptix lenses. She will discuss the best option of lens for you depending on your eye and your lifestyle needs

 

Bespoke lens and laser surgery - bioptics

As an expert in lens and laser eye surgery, Ms de Benito is able to offer bespoke eye solutions for perfect vision. Bioptics is a planned bespoke treatment where lens surgery is followed a few weeks later by laser eye surgery to refine the final visual outcome. This allows Ms de Benito to completely eliminate any residual astigmatism or glasses prescription that may remain after cataract surgery. Bioptics is the Saville Row of lens surgery, allowing the surgeon to make fine optical refinements for a bespoke result.

 

About Ms Laura de Benito

Ms de Benito is an experienced cataract surgeon and has completed thousands of surgeries. Her complication rate for cataract surgery is 0.7%, which is well below the national UK average (more than 2%). She is currently the Clinical Lead for Cataract Surgery at St Thomas' Hospital.