What happens on the day of private cataract surgery?
On arrival, the nurses will check your records and consent form and will give you eye drops to dilate your pupil.
Mr Patel will independently check your records and lens power and go through any queries you may have at this stage. Anaesthetic and antiseptic drops will be instilled just before you are taken to the operating room.
What does the cataract surgery involve?
The skin around your eye will be cleaned with disinfectant and covered with a sterile drape. Ultrasound technology or a Femtosecond laser is used to remove the cataract through a ‘key hole’ incision which is safer, doesn’t require sutures and allows faster visual recovery.
An opening is made in the lens capsule (outer covering of the lens) and a fine probe is used to remove fragmented pieces of the cataract. The customised IOL for your eye is then placed within the empty lens capsule. Antibiotics are administered at the end of the operation in order to reduce the risk of infection. Vision starts to improve within a few hours after cataract surgery although complete recovery may take a few weeks.
What happens after private cataract surgery?
You will be given drops to put in your eye regularly for a few weeks after cataract surgery to reduce the risk of infection and control inflammation. You will have precise instructions and shown how to instil the drops and the precautions to take. Arrangements to review you after surgery will be made.
A small proportion of patients may require fine tuning with laser after cataract surgery in order to refine their vision. It is therefore important that your surgeon has expertise in providing this type of treatment.