A cataract is the clouding of the eye lens

We can easily correct this condition with cataract surgery and also help you get freedom from glasses and contact lenses

A cataract is the clouding of the eye lens

We can easily correct this condition with cataract surgery and also help you get freedom from glasses and contact lenses

Eliminate your cataracts and enjoy younger eyes

Discover more about this condition and how we treat it

Cataracts, is a natural clouding of the lens of the eye. A healthy lens is clear and transparent, but when the lens becomes cloudy and cataracts develop, the incident light is blocked. This reduces your vision.

  • Researchers believe that there are multiple causes of cataracts. Old age is by far the main cause. That is why 90 % of all cataract patients are older than 60 years . The average age of our cataract patient is 73 years
  • But did you know that cataracts can also occur in newborn children or young people ? In this case we speak of congenital cataracts, congenital or juvenile cataracts. Genetic factors are often the cause, but metabolic disorders, one-sided diet, malabsorption problems (for example after surgery for obesity) or vitamin deficiency can also cause cataracts
  • Exposure to UV rays may also have a detrimental effect, making people who are frequently exposed to the sun more likely to develop cataracts. The frequent use of sunglasses could therefore play a protective role here. There is also a suspicion that a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, and the use of antioxidants, could slow the evolution of cataracts
  • As the condition progresses, everyone will someday reach the point where their vision diminishes and after a while they will not see enough to go about their daily activities properly.

The diagnosis is made on the basis of a thorough eye examination.

The following investigations are carried out :

  • Biomicroscopic research
  • Measurement of eye length
  • Determination of the curvature of the eye
  • Visual field examination
  • Testing contrast sensitivity
  • Additional investigations if necessary.

On the basis of this data, the strength of the artificial lens can be determined, and possible other causes for the poor vision can be traced.

  • The first symptom you experience is usually very limited. You may notice that the light from the sun or from a lamp becomes too bright, causing you to see circles around these objects
  • Also at night you may notice that the headlights of oncoming traffic suddenly cause more halos than before. Afterwards you may notice a reduction in the sharpness of objects, or a slight blurring of colours.
  • Cataract surgery is the only option to treat cataracts , also known as cataracts. In cataract surgery, the cloudy lens is replaced by a clear artificial lens. Lens implantation is always done on only one eye at a time. If you do not have cataracts operated on, it can lead to blindness.
  • Our ophthalmologists at the Goes Eye Centre have been specialised for years in the treatment of cataracts . In our eye centre we closely monitor the very latest surgical techniques and immediately apply them in practice. Even though these techniques sometimes evolve very quickly, we are always up-to-date. This way we can always perform the most professional treatments
  • For safe cataract operations you are certainly at the right place at the Goes Eye Centre. We link our technical knowledge and experience to a warm and human contact with patients. After all, that is the basis for a good surgical result and a satisfied patient.

Cataract surgery is one of the most successful procedures at the moment. However, as with any surgical procedure, as rare as this may be, sometimes complications can arise.

Possible complications include internal inflammation of the eye, clouding of the cornea, retinal swelling or retinal detachment. The chance of an internal eye infection is estimated to be about 1/3000.

A technical problem during the procedure is of course also possible, but the more experienced the surgeon is, the less likely this will occur.


Cataracts cannot be treated without surgery.

In the early stages, appropriate glasses or adequate lighting can help to read. However, if the cataract is too advanced, it will be insufficient to be able to read and perform daily activities. Surgery is then the only solution.

The clouded lens of the eye is removed and replaced with a clear artificial lens. Depending on the type of implant lens chosen, you may or may not need reading glasses for close work. For far you can usually see clearly again without glasses.


Walking, cycling, golfing, and other sports where there is no direct contact, pressure or dirt on the eye, is allowed from the day after the procedure. Contact sports and swimming are best postponed for three to four weeks after the procedure.


You can usually work again the day after the procedure. Since you have to come for a check-up the day after the procedure, it is best to postpone the work until after the weekend.

Discover if you can be free from glasses after cataracts

The best way to find out if you can restore your vision and free yourself from reading glasses is to have an assessment with one of our experts.

Gain visual freedom in 3 easy steps

Eye treatment options can be confusing. We’ve made the journey as straightforward as can be


There are many different types of treatment out there for each condition. The first step is to get a clear answer on whether eye surgery can help you and which option suits you best. Use our easy online calendar to book a free assessment.

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At your assessment , we’ll answer your questions and give you a clear and honest recommendation based on your lifestyle. You’ll leave with a confident understanding of the best eye treatment option for your unique eyes.


After treatment, people across the country tell us how surprised they are by how quickly their life changed and how young they feel. Reading a restaurant menu, scanning their phone or seeing the dials on the car dashboard are all possible once more. Most people say that they wish they had done it years earlier!

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The treatment was completely painless. I should have done this treatment much sooner!

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Discover if you can be free from glasses and contact lenses

The best way to find out if laser eye treatment is right for you is to have a free assessment. We'll examine your eyes and get a clear answer from our experts on your suitability and laser vision correction options

Your laser eye surgeon in Antwerp, Dr. Frank Goes Jr

He’ll be your personal guide on your journey to visual freedom

With over 20 years of experience, I enjoy the privilege of helping patients of all ages reclaim clear vision or preserve it for as long as possible.

I am and have been a board member for different national and international professional societies on eye surgery, and I have the privilege to give several national and international courses on cataract and refractive surgery.

Good vision correction and high-precision cataract surgery depends on the expertise of the provider. The provider must also have access to precise tools. The best eye surgeons know how to make treatment safe, comfortable and positive for the patient. They know how to minimise the risk of complications and maximise successful outcomes.

I try to be one of those surgeons

Dr. Frank Goes Jr

Chief Executive & Eye Surgeon