Will cataract surgery be painful?
No, your cataract surgery in London will be painless. Most cataract surgery can be performed under local anaesthetic. This means you will be awake for the procedure. Eye drops can be used to numb the surface of the eye or local anaesthetic can be delivered around the eye. This ensures you will have a pain-free operation.
I don’t use sharp needles and the operation is quite painless. If you are very anxious, I might give a sedative to help you relax, or I can involve an anaesthetist colleague who will put you to sleep for the procedure if you prefer.
Will you be able to see the surgeon’s instruments?
No, you will not be able to see what the surgeon is doing or using during your cataract surgery. Your vision will be temporarily blurred from the local anaesthetic. You may see a bright light during the surgery .
During surgery you will feel no pain and see no instruments near the eye. You may see bright lights or rainbow colours, but that is all.
The whole procedure takes maybe 20 minutes on average. I give all my patients antibiotic drops and anti-inflammatory medicine for 3 weeks after surgery whilst the eye heals. Most people go home the same day of surgery.
What happens after your cataract surgery in London?
For most people, the improvement in eyesight is astonishing and immediate. Right away you will notice your vision is much brighter and clearer, and your vision will continue to improve over the next week or so.
It is normal to feel some itching or discomfort for 2 or 3 days, after which even that should settle down. You will be able to carry on with your normal day-to-day activities as usual and I will see you about a week or so after your operation to see how you are getting on.
I will also give you contact details so you can get in touch with me right away if you have any concerns in the meantime.