CATARACT OPERATION

All our patients have their operation carried out under a local anaesthetic. Anaesthetic drops are put into the eye and absorbed, making the eye numb.

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You’ll be directed to sit on the chair, which will fold out into a bed (like a dentist’s chair). The skin around your eye is cleaned with antiseptic, and a sterile plastic sheet is placed over you, leaving just the eye area to be operated on. Oxygen is pumped under the sheet, so you’ll is no trouble breathing. A small incision is made at the edge of the cornea, just a few millimetres across. This incision acts as a valve so that nothing can exude from the eye during or after the operation. The cataract is broken down with an ultrasonic probe and removed from the eye.  The lens implant is then inserted in a capsule, which unfolds once in the eye and anchors into place. The operation usually takes less than 30 minutes, often around 15 minutes. No stitches are used, due to the valve-like incision sealing securely following the surgery.