Top 10 cataract surgery FAQs

Posted: Jan 20 2016

Top 10 cataract surgery FAQs

We are asked many questions about cataract surgery so here are the answers to our top 10 FAQs.

We are asked many questions about cataract surgery so here are the answers to our Top 10 FAQs.

1. What types of lenses are used?

Each patient and each eye is different so we take measurements before surgery (called biometry) to establish the correct lens power for each individual eye. The lens implants we use come in different types. The two main categories of implant are:

  • Monofocal lenses

These provide either good distance vision (most common) or good near vision but not both. You would still need glasses to cover either reading (more common) or distance vision depending on which lens type that was put in.

  • Multifocal lenses

These lenses offer a high probability of achieving spectacle independence i.e. providing you with the ability to see far as well as to read without glasses.

Both these lens types come in toric versions which can correct for astigmatism if present to a high degree.

2. How long does the procedure take and can you treat both eyes on the same day?

The procedure takes 10-15 minutes per eye. Due to improvements in safety we are now able to treat both eyes on the same day in certain patients. Otherwise, the worst eye is treated first and the other eye treated subsequently. This will be discussed and decided with you at your consultation with Mr Mearza.

3. Is it painful?

No, we put anaesthetic drops in the eye to numb the surface of the eye for the procedure (so no needles at all!). You may feel some pressure on or around the eye briefly during the procedure. Your eyes may feel tired and gritty for a couple of hours afterwards, but will feel much better the next day.

4. Can I go back to work the same day after surgery?

We advise you go home and rest for the remainder of the day. Ideally you would have at least 48 hours off work too.

5. Do I need to use drops or medication afterwards?

Yes, you will be given 2 types of eye drops to use after surgery:

  • Tobradex (combined antibiotic and anti-inflammatory) for 1 month
  • Yellox (anti-inflammatory) for 1 week

Lubricating drops can be used as needed for additional comfort

You will be given a post-operative instruction sheet with this information when you are discharged along with a supply of the drops.

6. When will I be able to see?

You will be able to see afterwards, however your vision will be slightly misty for 48 – 72 hours. Depending on what the vision was like before, you may notice a considerable improvement straight away.

7. Can I wear eye make up the next day?

Best not to wear eye make up on the day of surgery or for 1 week afterwards, particularly mascara and eye liner.

8. When can I exercise again?

You can resume light exercise 3 days after treatment, and full exercise 2 weeks after treatment.

9. When can I go swimming?

You can go swimming 2 weeks after treatment but we recommend you wear goggles. After 4 weeks, you can usually swim without any restrictions.

10. When can I fly?

We advise that you avoid air travel for at least a week following surgery.

For more information on cataract surgery read our cataract surgery page on our website or get in touch.

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