Thanks to a generous donor, Moorfields Eye Hospital has bought a femtosecond laser which will be used to support an NIHR funded research trial which will assess the benefits of the latest high-precision laser technology in routine NHS cataract operations. This is the first time that femtosecond laser surgery will be widely available on the NHS for cataract patients.
Age-related cataract is the leading cause of visual impairment in the world and cataract surgery is the most commonly performed eye operation worldwide. One in three people in the UK is predicted to require treatment at some stage with 300,000 cataract operations taking place in the UK each year. Moorfields performs more than 15,000 cataract procedures a year.
Moorfields consultant ophthalmologist Mr Mark Wilkins who is leading this work said:
Although the technology has existed for some time, it has generally only been available for private patients. We are delighted to have the opportunity to extend this technology to NHS patients and are extremely grateful to the donor for his generous support.