Video: Is private cataract surgery painful?

In this video, I answer a question about whether private cataract surgery is painful.

That’s a very common question and it’s a very valid question and I would say that all my patients ask me that question. What I can categorically say, it’s not a painful procedure.

In the right hands, and I ensure this is, that if you do have the right type anaesthesia, you should feel nothing during the operation. The types of anaesthesia are local anaesthetic and they can infuse some anaesthesia – or anaesthetic I should say – around the eye ball and that numbs the eye. So for the 10 to 15 minutes you’re sitting or lying on the operating table you should feel nothing, but see a bright light and hear me talking to you.

So if you want any further information on that, you can contact me at the number at the end of the video and we can arrange to discuss that more specifically.

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About Jaheed Khan

My name is Jaheed Khan and I am a Consultant Eye Surgeon at Moorfields Eye Hospital and Clinica London.

My special expertise is in cataract surgery and conditions affecting the back of the eye, the retina, including AMD (Age Related Macular Degeneration), diabetic retinopathy, and various other diseases of the retina.

I have over 15 years experience in treating people with eye problems just like you, and have published extensively in scientific journals about treating eye conditions.

In my NHS practice, I am responsible day-to-day for the training of the eye surgeons of the future.