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Premium Cataract Surgery

Premium Cataract Surgery

Cataract surgery is one of the most common procedures performed worldwide and has a high success rate in improving vision. During surgery, the cataract is removed through a 2.2mm micro incision. High frequency ultrasound is used to break up the cataract (phacoemulsification) which is then removed through a fine suction tube. When the cataract is removed, it leaves a capsular bag or pouch into which the new lens implant is placed. The incisions are self-sealing and no stiches are needed in the majority of patients.

What to expect on the day of surgery.

We will ask you to attend approx. 2hours before you are due for surgery. This allows the nursing team to perform various tests and dilate the pupil in readiness for surgery.

Anaesthesia for cataract surgery:

Cataract surgery takes place in an operating theatre under the care of Mr Bhermi (specialist consutltant surgeon), a Consultant Anaesthetist, an experienced theatre team and multiple theatre support staff.
Most commonly, the eye is anaesthetised (numbed) with anaesthetic eye drops and you are offered sedation to relax you. Other forms of anaesthetic such as local anaesthetic injection around the eye (similar to going to the dentist) or general anaesthesia are also available. You will have the opportunity to discuss which anesthesia option is right for you well in advance of the surgery date. In all situations you are relaxed and feel no pain during the operation.

What to expect during the operation.

You will be taken to the anaesthetic room where the anaesthetic team will get you ready for surgery. They will numb the eye with drops and, if needed, an injection around the eye. They can also administer sedation through a cannula in the back of the hand. They can also administer general anaesthesia if this has been agreed before the surgery date, although this is rarely required for routine cataract surgery. Once the eye is anesthetised and sedation has been administered, you are taken into the adjacent operating room.

Your eye and face will be covered with a sterile drape, ensuring that your mouth and nose are not blocked. Oxygen is pumped near your mouth and nose ensuring you breathe easily. You will be asked to lie still and look at a light. The operation takes approximately 15 minutes, however you may be in theatre for 30 minutes before surgery starts and in the recovery area after surgery for another 30 minutes. You will then be taken back to the Private ward.

Can I have surgery to both eyes on the same day.

Yes you can. Some patients choose this option for convenience and rapid visual rehabilitation. Most, but not all patients are suitable for this. Mr Bhermi will be happy to discuss these options with you.

Will I be able to see clearly straight away

If you have drops only anaesthesia (the most common type) you will be able to see immediately after the operation. However as you pupil is dilated for surgery, your vision will be blurred and slowly improves. Most commonly the best improvement in vision is noted the day after surgery and continues to improve further over the following few weeks.

Post-operative recovery

After cataract surgery, you can usually continue most routine daily tasks without significant limitation.
You will need to refrain from vigorous exercise, swimming and use eye drops for a few weeks. You will be provided with detailed written instructions about how to look after your eye at the time of surgery.

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