How are cataracts diagnosed?

Cataracts are most frequently diagnosed by the optometrist. Often patients who have become accustomed to reduced vision and do not realise what the problem is until they do see their optometrist.

Having seen the optometrist they’re referred to an ophthalmic surgeon and the diagnosis is confirmed and then what we do is discuss the treatment options in terms of refractive outcome, where you want to be focused, have good distance vision, good near vision or a combination and for example the choice of anaesthesia.

More about Paul Rosen

Paul Rosen is a Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon at The Grange Eye Consultants. His special expertise is in laser eye surgery, cataract surgery, and the treatment of Age-related Macular Degeneration, glaucoma, and retinal diseases. He has over 20 years experience in treating people with eye problems. Paul is invited to lecture on cataract and refractive surgery both nationally and internationally. He leads clinical trials investigating novel eye treatments. Paul has served as the President of the UK and Ireland Society of Refractive Surgeons and is currently the President of the European Society of Corneal and Refractive Surgery. More recently I’d been appointed as a member of the NICE Cataract Guidelines Committee and also on the Refractive Surgery Subcommittee of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists.