Cataract Surgery

Cataract

A cataract operation usually takes between 10 and 15 minutes.

Category: Cataract

It is safe to fly the day after surgery.

Category: Cataract

In the majority of cases the wound heals completely in about 4 weeks, but most of the recovery is in the first week. Drops are used for the first 4 weeks and we would advise that you visit the optician for an updated spectacle correction 5 to 6 weeks after surgery.

Category: Cataract

The operation can be performed under local or general anaesthetic. 99% of people have surgery under local anaesthetic.

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A little prop is placed under the eyelids during surgery which stops blinking and limits movement.

Category: Cataract

If you want to cough we ask you to raise your hand to attract the attention of the theatre assistant. Surgery can then stop briefly and start again when you are ready.

Category: Cataract

In the vast majority of cases no stitches are used. The largest incision is 3mm in size which is self-sealing.

Category: Cataract

No, the operation uses a technique called phaco-emulsification where an ultrasound probe uses sound waves to break up the cataract into small pieces which are then removed from the eye through a small incision.

Category: Cataract

The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) states that you can start driving again if you can read a number plate 20 metres away with both eyes open. Some patients are able to do this several days after cataract surgery. However many people who have had cataract surgery will need glasses to be able to do this and need to wait until they are seen by the optician for new glasses approximately 5-6 weeks after surgery. Up to 90% of people who have surgery for cataracts will eventually have a good enough level of vision to be able to drive again if they have no other eye condition.

Category: Cataract

No, only one eye is operated on at a time. Surgery can be performed on the fellow eye as soon as 1 to 2 weeks after the first eye but usually there is a gap of 4 to 5 weeks between the two eyes.

Category: Cataract