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We help to maintain vision through regular VisionSafe Eye Checks


Are you over 40 and haven’t had a comprehensive eye check done in the last year? A VisionSafe Eye Check can spot early signs of cataract



Cataract is the development of haziness of the lens inside the eye. Around 1 in 3 people over 65 years of age will require cataract surgery at some stage.

What causes a cataract?

The commonest cause of a cataract is age-related change. A cataract can occur at any age, but the older you are, the more likely you are to develop one. Other related diseases include diabetes. Other much less common causes include intraocular trauma and intraocular surgery.

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Cataract surgery


Lydia Chang
Praveen Patel

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Eyesight at the Hertfordshire Clinic VisionSafe Guide for Eyes over 40

Maintain vision after 40 with regular checks

Many people don’t catch vision loss until it’s too late. If
you’re over 40, avoid unnecessary vision loss by having a
VisionSafe Eye Check on a regular basis. Book one today.

How do you know you have a cataract?

Symptoms of cataract include:

  • Blurred vision
  • Changing your glasses but your vision no longer being sharp enough for either near vision e.g. reading or distance vision e.g. driving and seeing the road signs
  • Glare whilst night time driving

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Book a cataract consultation in St Albans

An eye consultation includes

  • Clinical history
  • Vision measurements
  • Dilated eye examination
  • Sometimes tests (eye scans) are indicated to assess the anatomy of the eye (since abnormal features like macular degeneration can affect the visual outcome of cataract surgery)
  • Eye measurement called Biometry to determine the best fit artificial lens for your eye during cataract surgery

Cataract surgery

Around 30,000 cataract operations are performed annually in the UK alone. The operation involves replacing the misty natural lens (cataract) with an artificial lens called an intraocular lens (IOL). Learn more about cataract surgery.

Contact us to book your consultation in St Albans.

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Why did I start up Eyesight Hertfordshire?

July 4th, 2018|

Lydia Chang started Eyesight Hertfordshire because she wanted to provide excellent service in the private healthcare service. This led her to start Eyesight Hertfordshire with her colleague, Praveen Patel.

About Lydia Chang

August 22nd, 2017|

This post is about Lydia Chang, an eye doctor in St Albans specialising in glaucoma. Read about her training & experience that led her to become a glaucoma specialist.


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Our Consultant Ophthalmologists love to stay on top of the latest in eye treatment options for patients through regular industry meetings, journals and research.

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