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About this service
A cataract is when the clear lens inside your eye has become cloudy or opaque. The lens is positioned just behind the iris. It is responsible for keeping images in focus on the retina and it adjusts for distance or close vision. When a cataract develops, the lens becomes cloudy and prevents the light rays passing onto the retina. The picture that the retina receives becomes dull and fuzzy.
A cataract usually forms slowly with vision gradually blurring over months or years. It develops with the naturally with ageing. However, a cataract also be as a result of injury, inflammation, certain medications or related to condition, such as diabetes for example.
When a cataract is removed, it is replaced with a permanent artificial lens implant, which helps to restore vision.
Cataract surgery is one of the most commonly performed eye surgeries. Our surgeons offer all the lens options for modern cataract surgery, these include multifocal and new trifocal lenses. About 95% of people who receive a standard lens implant have their vision restored to its pre-cataract level.
Before surgery your consultant will send you for a biometry eye scan - this is to help determine the strength of the lens that will be used.
The cataract procedure is carried out on a day-case basis. It usually takes about 15-30 minutes and you will be awake throughout.
The surgery is performed using topical anaesthesia in the form of eye-drops. In some cases a small injection of anaesthetic is administered into the skin around the eye to freeze the eye. You will be admitted as a day-case patient before surgery; pre-op drops will be given and then you are prepared for surgery.
Your consultant removes the cloudy lens by making a tiny opening at the edge of the cornea. Once removed, the lens is replaced with a permanent artificial lens implant, which will allow you to see again.
You will be monitored and, your blood pressure and pulse recorded.
You will wear a clear eye shield over the operated eye which must be left in place until the following morning.
You will be taken through your post-operative eye-drops regime and any other instructions and advice required. Please make sure you understand all your instructions before you leave the hospital. 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 cannot drive after surgery and should arrange for someone to collect you from the hospital to accompany you home.
You will be given a light snack and will then be ready for discharge.
Before you leave we will give you a time and date for a follow-up appointment or let you know when to expect a call from us.