What does cataract surgery involve? 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.
Recovery after surgery
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.
What are the possible complications?
Although there is risk
with any operation, it’s important to remember that the risk of developing any serious complications as a result of cataract surgery, is very small.
An artificial lens implant will last for life, but the most common complication is a condition called posterior capsule opacification (PCO) which can cause blurred vision. This does not mean that your cataracts have come back. PCO simply means that skin or membrane has grown over the back of the lens implant. This can occur months or years later.
If necessary, PCO can be treated with a very simple laser eye surgery procedure. Here are some much rarer complications:
- Tearing of the lens capsule.
- All or some of the cataract falling into the back of the eye.
- Inability to remove all of the cataract.
- Inability to insert lens implant.
- Infection or bleeding.
Most complications can be resolved and don’t have a long-term impact on your vision.
In preparation for your operation, we advise that you give up smoking six weeks beforehand. Smoking can seriously impede the healing process. The risk of chest infection and coughing is increased which can trigger unwanted bleeding. The blood supply to the skin is also affected which can delay the wound healing.
If you decide to have cataract surgery with us at The McIndoe Centre, you can select your preferred consultant at any time that suits you. We have some of the most innovative world leaders of cataract surgery that work for us who will discuss your options with you, thoroughly and expertly.
Prices start from £2500 (per eye) but the cost of your surgery may change as everyone’s treatment plan is tailored to their specific needs.