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COVID-19

Please note that due to the coronavirus we are deferring all appointments for further care. The progression of the virus throughout the region will determine when we can re-start seeing routine patients again. We do hope that we can get the service up and running and soon as possible.

Should you feel that your symptoms are causing you serious concerns or that you feel you cannot wait for further contact please do contact your GP as soon as possible or in an emergency situation please attend your local Accident and Emergency Department.

Once we are in a position to resume the service we will be in touch with patients individually.

Somerset Surgical Services deliver a well-established Ophthalmology service for Cataract Surgery.

A cataract is when the lens that sits behind the pupil becomes cloudy, blocking light and affecting the focus of the eye. It is an extremely common condition that comes with aging and can develop in either one or both eyes. The symptoms of a cataract may change from person to person and opticians find it increasingly difficult to improve vision with spectacles. For some patients with a cataract, it can go un-noticed for years because the cataract is so mild or has developed over a prolonged period of time. For other people, the onset can be sudden and therefore symptoms more apparent.

Although there are many ways to attempt to improve vision such as appropriate lighting or spectacles, cataract surgery is the only way to remove a cataract entirely. Once removed it cannot return. During cataract surgery the cloudy lens is replaced with an artificial lens which restores the sight. A reading of your eye called a biometry measurement will be taken prior to your surgery to ensure that the correct lens is chosen.  The operation is about a 30 minute duration and done under local anaesthetic in the theatre day case unit.

When attending for both your clinic appointment and surgery appointment you will be unable to drive home.

For a further information leaflet regarding cataract surgery, please contact us.