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Cataract surgery

A cataract is a clouding of the natural lens of the eye – if it becomes cloudy the lens cannot focus light accurately onto the back of the eye and sight is adversely affected.

Cataract surgery usually takes place under topical local anaesthetic (no needles!) and involves removal of the natural lens and replacement with an artificial lens. We specialise in minimally invasive intraocular surgery; the procedure is very safe, quick and our patient satisfaction levels and success rates are extremely high.

Bilateral, same-day cataract surgery

Mr Gerard Ainsworth is one of only a few surgeons nationally to offer simultaneous bilateral cataract surgery (where appropriate, replacing cataracts in both eyes at the same time). In our experience this offers patients a number of benefits:

  • Improved satisfaction with outcomes
  • Faster recovery
  • No unequal vision between the two eyes

At Lakeland Vision we offer a range of lens options to suit your lifestyle – Mr Gerard Ainsworth will discuss your needs and help you choose the right option for you:

  • Standard practice is to implant a lens to focus for distance and so spectacles will still be needed for reading. If you are used to wearing glasses for distance and removing them for reading, we can select an artificial lens to replicate this level of vision.
  • Alternatively we can select lens power to produce monovision – one eye is focused for distance and the other for reading. This should reduce your dependence on glasses but in our experience some people can find it difficult to adjust to. We therefore recommend discussing a trial with your optician first if you are considering cataract surgery.
  • Multifocal lenses can also significantly reduce dependence on spectacles, giving similar vision in both eyes.

Any astigmatism present can be corrected at the time of surgery either with carefully placed incisions on the cornea or by using toric lenses. Please note that there is a small additional cost for these special toric lenses.

The cataract surgery process

All consultations and surgery take place locally – the locations of the clinics and hospitals we work in can be found here.
We ask patients to complete a short lifestyle questionnaire to help us identify the most appropriate lens(es) to choose. You may like to download this form below and bring it along to your first consultation.

Cataract Exchange Questionnaire

This questionnaire is designed to help us determine the best treatment for you, based on your requirements and lifestyle. Please be aware that many patients still need to wear glasses for some activities after surgery – we can advise further if this is likely to apply to you.
If you have any questions at all, please ask.



As with any surgical procedure, it is important to understand there is a small inherent risk involved. These will be discussed fully with you. Infection and bleeding, though rare, can reduce vision, or complications during surgery may result in increased time required for vision to settle. Nationally the average risk of a complication is 1.9% with a risk of complete loss of vision of 1:1000. Mr Gerard Ainsworth has performed over 7,000 cataract operations and at Lakeland Vision we are proud to have a very low complication rate of just 0.12%.

Enquiries & Questions

We would be pleased to answer any questions you may have and discuss your individual eye care needs –
please contact us to find out more or make an appointment:
Tel. 01768 877088
Email: info@lakelandvision.co.uk

Consultations can be arranged: