How cataract surgery works

In cataract surgery, your damaged lens is removed and a premium synthetic lens is placed into your eye to make your vision clearer and sharper. The lens can be specially designed to correct distance and near vision.

The new synthetic lens corrects vision problems such as long sightedness, short sightedness, astigmatism and presbyopia. If required, it can be specially designed so that it corrects both near and distance vision.

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On the day of treatment

  1. A warm welcome

    When you arrive at your treatment clinic, you'll be greeted by your surgeon. The surgery team will use the latest state-of-the-art technology to capture detailed measurements of your eyes, to prepare you for surgery.

  2. Optometrist assessment

    Our treatment support optometrist will record your vision with and without spectacles and perform an assessment of your eye health. Eye drops will be administered, so that your eye is comfortable during surgery.

  3. Anaesthetist

    An anaesthetist will give you a local anaesthetic to ensure that you're comfortable during surgery. They will also offer you a light sedation, which will help to relax you during the procedure.

During treatment

  1. Preparing you for surgery

    Your surgeon will gently create a small opening on the surface of your eye to get access to your natural lens.

  2. Lens exchange

    The contents of the natural lens bag are carefully removed before the premium synthetic lens is put in place.

  3. Protection

    Your surgeon will apply eye drops and instructions on how to use them. They will cover your eye with a bandage, which will keep it clean and protected to help with the healing process.

After surgery

  1. Sensitive eyes

    After surgery you will experience a slight sensation in your eyes, which is perfectly normal. Be careful not to rub your eyes. Your surgeon will prescribe the right medication to help you manage this.

  2. Time to recover

    Make sure you arrange transportation home in advance of your surgery, as you won't be able to drive after your procedure has been completed. You should go home to rest after treatment, returning for your second cataract surgery if required.

  3. Long term eye health

    During the first 12 months following your surgery, you will attend routine follow up appointments as directed by your optometrist and surgeon. We recommend that you attend annual or bi-annual eye examinations to make sure your eyes remain in perfect health.

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