A cataract is an eye condition that prevents light rays entering your eye. Gradually, your vision will become blurred, until the whole lens clouds over.
During this procedure, local anaesthetic eye drops will be used around the eye to numb the outer surface. In some cases, a local anaesthetic injection might be used.
Once the anaesthetic has taken effect, the surgeon will make a small incision at the edge of the cornea and use ultrasound energy to break up the lens which is blurring your vision.
These fragments will then be removed through the cut made in your eye. An artificial lens implant will replace your original lens which is behind the iris. Cataract surgery is usually a very straightforward procedure that takes around 30 minutes.
Cataract surgery is remarkably quick- you’ll be able to leave hospital in a matter of hours. It’s crucial that you arrange for someone to collect you as you won’t be able to drive just yet.
You may be given a plastic shield to wear over your eye, this should be worn at bedtimes.
You may have bruising on your eyelid or a bloodshot eye. It’s normal for your vision to be blurry, but all of this will subside over a few days. Your eye may also ache, this will take a little longer to adjust, usually between 10-14 days.
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