Does cataract surgery hurt?
No. We use very strong drops and medications to ensure the eye is free from pain.
What if I blink during the operation?
You will not be able to blink as we use a small piece of equipment to keep the eyelids open.
Am I awake during the surgery?
Yes, but we often give a very light sedation to keep you calm and relaxed.
How long will the new lens last?
It will last for life. Sometimes it is necessary to laser polish the lens after surgery. This is called YAG – capsulotomy.
Can the cataract come back?
No. Once it has been removed, that is it.
What is the recovery time?
You can resume most activities after a day or two, and you are home on the same day of surgery. We will give you detailed advice on this before surgery.
When can I drive?
If your other eye meets the minimum standard for driving, then you can drive whenever you are comfortable.
When will I notice a difference in vision?
Typically the next day – although this can vary as the harder the cataract, the longer the recovery time.
Will a surgeon in training be doing my surgery?
No. As a private patient, your operation will be undertaken by a fully trained surgeon.