Cataracts: a quick guide

Written by: Professor M. Dominik Fischer
Edited by: Aoife Maguire

In the UK, it's approximated that 30% of individuals aged 65 and above have a cataract impacting their vision in one or both eyes. Leading consultant ophthalmic surgeon Professor M. Dominik Fischer explains what cataracts are and common symptoms and why you should choose to undergo cataract surgery with Oxford Medical Group.



What are cataracts?


Cataracts frequently occur when the eye's lens becomes cloudy or opaque, leading to blurred vision and sensitivity to glare from ambient light sources. This impairment can significantly hinder daily activities, particularly while driving in adverse weather conditions such as heavy rain, during nighttime, or when facing a rising sun. It's estimated that over 45% of adults aged 50 and above will experience cataracts.


Cataracts can manifest symptoms including:


  • Blurred or foggy vision.
  • Gradual vision impairment, potentially reversible in advanced stages.
  • Difficulty in distinguishing colours or detecting differences in brightness levels.


Living with cataracts can significantly diminish your quality of life. If your vision limitations prevent you from enjoying activities you love, you're likely familiar with the frustration it brings.


You may have encountered:


  • Challenges while driving in dim light or adverse weather.
  • Struggles with reading, despite using reading glasses.
  • Concerns or apprehension about falling or stumbling.
  • Difficulties in safely carrying out job tasks that require precise vision (e.g., driving, law enforcement, or military roles).


Thankfully, high-quality treatment is available quickly. Choosing private cataract surgery means you can swiftly embark on the path to greatly enhanced vision within days or weeks. With my extensive expertise in advanced surgical techniques and premium lenses, your treatment will be personalised to align with your individual priorities, lifestyle, and professional requirements.


Under my care, you can expect top-tier cataract treatment that restores or even surpasses your pre-cataract vision quality.


Through surgery, you may experience:


  • Substantial reduction in the thickness of corrective glasses.
  • Freedom from the need for glasses altogether.
  • Enhanced confidence and freedom to drive in challenging lighting conditions.
  • Restoration of vibrant contrasts and sharp detail, allowing you to perceive life's full spectrum of colours once more.


Why should I choose cataract surgery at cataract surgery at Oxford Medical Group?


Safe, personalised and quick treatment


I have received training at esteemed universities and eye hospitals worldwide. With 25 awards in the field, I have conducted over 5000 surgical procedures in my career thus far. For more than a decade, I have been dedicated to restoring clear vision and rekindling the delight of perceiving the world in vibrant hues for my patients. I go beyond merely addressing cataracts; my expertise enables me to liberate patients from reliance on glasses permanently.


The most advanced surgical methods for accurate and precise treatment.


I provide cutting-edge computer-assisted cataract surgery, featuring markerless alignment for exceptionally precise lens placement.


Customised premium lens implants


You'll have access to a comprehensive selection of premium lens choices, allowing us to customise your new lenses according to your individual preferences and lifestyle requirements.


I provide monofocal, multifocal, and/or toric lenses with or without UV filtering, along with the latest enhanced depth of field lens designs.


Contemporary, cozy, and top-of the range amenities


At our facility, patients can expect a modern and inviting setting for consultations, examinations, and procedures, equipped with cutting-edge diagnostic tools and surgical facilities.


With expertise as an award-winning eye surgeon, I use state-of-the-art surgical techniques to ensure a swift, painless, and secure cataract removal process. My approach is characterised by personalised care, placing the patient's preferences and lifestyle at the forefront of decision-making. From the initial consultation to post-operative support, I guide patients through every step of their journey toward restored vision and improved quality of life.




If you require cataract surgery and would like to book a consultation with Professor Fischer, simply visit his Top Doctors profile today.

By Professor M. Dominik Fischer

Professor Fischer is an internationally renowned consultant ophthalmic surgeon based in Oxford, with over 15 years of experience. His expertise spans cataract and vitreoretinal surgery, age related and diabetic retinopathy, macular dystrophies, macular hole, epiretinal membrane, and various retina-related issues.
Professor Fischer's academic journey began with an MD from Universität Witten/Herdecke, complemented by research at the highly prestigious University of Pennsylvania. He then went on to achieve a DPhil from the University of Oxford in 2015.
Notably, Professor Fischer's contributions extend beyond clinical practice. He holds esteemed teaching positions as a Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Oxford, University of Tübingen (Germany) and University of Lausanne (Switzerland). He has published c. 100 works and has delivered over 100 invited lectures, underscoring his dedication to ophthalmic research and dissemination of knowledge.
In addition to his clinical and educational roles, Professor Fischer is an active member of professional bodies such as the British and Eire Association of Vitreoretinal Surgeons, the European Society of Retina Specialists, and the American Academy of Ophthalmology.
Professor Fischer has garnered over 25 awards acknowledging his transformative impact on the field. Patients seeking exceptional eye care can entrust their well-being to Professor Fischer's seasoned hands, benefiting from his rich expertise, dedication to research, and profound contributions to the realm of ophthalmology.

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