Life-changing healthcare at your doorstep
Of all the things that adults have trouble with, at the top of the list are our eyes. This may surprise a few people, but in fact the most common operation in the world is cataract removal, which is one of many other operations performed every week at Werndale Hospital in Bancyfelin.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), just over a quarter of the world’s population (2.2 billion people) have visual impairment caused by cataracts and refractive errors.
Specialized care at Werndale Hospital
Werndale Hospital is part of the Circle Health Group, the UK’s largest private healthcare provider. Whether you have been referred to Werndale or contact us directly, you will be looked after from start to finish by the same surgeon. This ensures that you get the best quality care.
The Werndale Ophthalmology Department was recently upgraded with new specialized equipment that includes the Lenstar, which in a single scan records all of the eye’s biometrics, so that an ophthalmologist can see all the data needed. to understand the optometry of the eye in a single data set. .
It’s technology like this, along with the priority of always putting patient care first, that puts Werndale at the top of the reference lists for private healthcare in Wales.
What is cataract?
The vast majority of eye operations involve the removal of the cataract and the replacement of the lens in which the cataract has formed (a cataract is the name given to the cloudiness that can form in a lens).
Our eye lenses contain crystal proteins. These proteins are generally thought to help refract light back to the retina at the back of the eye. However, as we age, the structure of these proteins can change and, over time, can block light, reducing our vision.
It is the change in the structure or chemical makeup of proteins that causes the telltale signs of a person with cataracts – a cloudy or cloudy eye.
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Cataract removal is half the operation, lens replacement is the other. Fortunately, technology has advanced a lot and the choice of lenses covers almost any situation you can think of, including lenses that completely replace the need to wear glasses (the general condition of your eyes and other medical circumstances will be. taken into account, and may affect this).
Which lens you choose will of course depend on your current eyesight, so if you are nearsighted (you have myopia) the lens you choose can correct this. Once replaced, barring other medical conditions, you will never have to have the lens replaced again.
The same is true if you suffer from hyperopia (you are hyperopic or hyperopic) or if your eyesight slowly deteriorates with age, even without cataracts. It happens to most of us, especially after 40, and that’s when many of us start to use reading glasses.
This is called presbyopia and can also be corrected at the time of cataract surgery by replacing the lens. Our specialists in Werndale offer this treatment, which unfortunately is not available through the NHS.
Technology has come a long way from the early days of eye surgery involving cataract removal and lens replacement and can now be done in about 15-20 minutes without the need for general anesthesia. You will therefore be hospitalized and discharged an hour or two after your arrival and check-in, and your sight will be on track to return to normal by the time you are ready to leave.
Lens replacement surgery involves removing the damaged lens from the eye; a new lens is then put in place to restore your vision. No stitches are needed and the eye will heal naturally over the following weeks.
Your health in good hands
When you visit Werndale with an eye problem, your consultant will perform a comprehensive assessment, before deciding on the most appropriate treatment, and explain in detail what it will involve.
Most eye operations take place the same day, but if you need to stay overnight you will be well taken care of in one of our private rooms with full en-suite bathrooms.
If you want to learn more about replacing lenses or removing cataracts or other conditions that affect your eyesight, please call us on 01267 668541. We will be happy to advise you on your next steps.