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New treatment uses lasers to treat cataracts

A hospital in the South has become one of the first NHS centres to use lasers as its first line treatment for cataracts. It is hoped that new laser technology at the Frimley Park Hospital in Surrey - will bring down waiting times. Penny Silvester reports.

Hospital first to offer new laser operation for cataracts

Eye surgeon at Frimley Park Hospital

Frimley Park Hospital in Surrey is believed to be the first NHS hospital in the country to use a new laser treatment for routine cataract operations.

The laser technology uses tiny bursts of energy to clear a patient's cloudy eye lens so that there is no for knives, needles or a general anaesthetic.

"We are really excited about being able to use this technology to offer our patients great outcomes, especially for such a common procedure,"

"We really believe this is the future of cataract surgery and I'm delighted that we are able to offer it to the great majority of our NHS patients at Frimley,"

– Thomas Poole, Eye surgeon