Undergoing Cataract Surgery can really and truly transform a persons life.
Without exaggeration or being over dramatic in many cases cataract left unchecked can cause blindness.
Moreover along- the- way if left untreated, can cause a person to injure themselves due to impaired vision.
There are often seen vague ‘ halos’ around the light. Also difficulties coping with bright lights, and naturally impaired vision.
This of course causes problems with reading, driving a car, or recognising people and objects. Basically a loss of some independence
brought about by cataracts increases risks of accidents and falls (can be catastrophic) in the case of elderly people-one fall is one too-many! see article.
Cataracts are responsible for 50% of cases of blindness as well as 30% of visual impairments scenarios.
They are mainly attributable to ageing, trauma, or exposure to radiation.
Higher risks exist in smokers and diabetes sufferers.
Early mechanics of this are: build-ups of clumps of protein. Or yellow pigment affecting the lens which diminishes transmission of light to the retina behind the eye.
Early cessation of smoking and wearing sunglasses minimises a bad outcome.
Initially spectacles can help, but inevitably the long term good result involves surgery.
What causes cataracts?
In addition if adjusts the focus of the eye, enabling us to see images close-up and afar.
The lens comprises mainly of water and protein. The lens delivers clarity and let’s light pass through.
As we age elements of the protein tend to clump-up clouding over part of the lens.
This is in fact what a cataract is. As time progresses inevitably the cataract grows bigger and cloudier, thus making it more and more difficult for you to see.
Smoking and Diabetes are considered to be contributing factors.
But as we age, some of the protein may clump together and start to cloud a small area of the lens. This is a cataract.
Over time, the cataract may grow larger and cloud more of the lens, making it harder to see.
Researchers suspect that there are several causes of cataract, such as smoking and diabetes.
Or, it may be that the protein in the lens just changes from the wear and tear it takes over the years.
Why is that you may well ask? We have more than 20 years in taking patients to Prague for various cosmetic/plastic surgery procedures. As seen on BBC and Anglia TV, as well as numerous national newspapers and magazines. We are an Anglo/Czech couple. We trust our Czech surgeon absolutely- 110% Refer to our website
Borne out from 20 years experience with Czech surgeons and zero complications.
By the way Czech and Slovak republic was actually one country-Czechoslovakia until 1993. So to all intent and purposes even today-the same county.
See more on what we were doing in Prague since 1996. Read here
How does the service work?
For us this is quite simple to describe and explain. Indeed, we have more than 20 years’ experience in related-services to back this up.
From day one-How we have always worked is as follows: Providing a full “hand-holding” service.
This meant coordinating all pre-op setting up with the clinic. Then flying out with the client and remaining with them throughout their entire trip.
This included typically: accompanied pre op visits, the day of surgery, post op, including clinic follow up visits. Just popping in with an English newspaper or whatever they needed.
Many patients said it was reassuring to have us with them throughout. Thus ensuring everything was clear, we are both fluent in Czech.
Having said that, we never needed to translate as the staff all spoke fluent English.
We did however help make it into a bit of a holiday for them. Often accompanying them around the city, showing them where to eat and shop. Many actuality admitted that without us accompanying them they would not have entertained the trip.
But after the recession of 2008 many patients could not afford the luxury of us accompanying them. So, we found ourselves preparing very precise instructions on what and what no to do. This worked out more or less OK, but to be honest we much preferred to be with them all the way.
Since 2015 we have completely retired but still offer free advice.
With this new service
we have a strong preference towards the full “hand holding “route. That way we can be with you throughout. Looking after you, and keeping you amused (we hope)
But logically it’s going to be more expensive. We will produce a two tier price structure. 1. Basic no frills, 2. Full hand holding. Of course many of you would naturally prefer a relative coming with you. No problem!
We will be flexible and try to accommodate all preferences. It occurred to us that some of you might prefer to travel by coach. We can do that +Hand holding.
Lastly we know from 20 years of taking patients successfully to Prague (not one complication) there are many doubters! HERE ARE SOME TYPICAL QUESTIONS.
- Can I have a consultation in UK before I go? Actually there is no need. You are already aware of the problem-cataracts.
To bring the surgeon across to UK first would massively push up the cost, and achieve very little.
- What about if anything goes wrong, being all that way away.
It’s actually only 700 miles and 1 hour 40 flight. How long would it take to get to a London clinic? Moreover the cost of parking in London would probably exceed the cost of your entire flight.
For this particular procedure it is virtually zero wherever you go. But any complications can be dealt with.
- Can I reclaim cost under EU cross border reciprocation? In most cases yes, but not after Brexit!
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