Cataracts

A cataract is a clouding of the normally clear lens of the eye. It can be compared to a window that is frosted or ‘fogged’ with steam.

Introduction

During the procedure, the cataract is replaced with a permanent artificial lens implant.

The surgery is performed using topical anaesthesia in the form of drops. In some cases a small injection of anaesthetic is administered into the skin around the eye to freeze the eye.

The Procedure

The procedure is carried out on a day-case basis. You will be admitted to the hospital before surgery; pre-op drops will be instilled in your eye and you are prepared for surgery.

Following The Procedure

Following surgery you will be monitored, your blood pressure and pulse recorded. You will have a clear eye shield in place over the operated eye which must be left in place until the following morning.

You will be taken through any post-op instructions and advice. You will be taken through your post-operative eye-drops regime. Please make sure you are clear on this before you leave the hospital.

You will be given a light snack prior to discharge home.

You should arrange for someone to collect you from the hospital and to accompany you home.

If you would like a relative or friend to accompany you and to go through your post-op advice, please let us know so that we can ensure they have the information needed.

You will be given a time and date for a follow up appointment with the surgeon.