Is the surgery painful?

No. Your eye is fully anaesthetised: you may feel movement and mild pressure, but no pain. 

Recovery from surgery is also usually described as "better than expected", there will be variable descriptions of mild-moderate discomfort, but not usually pain.

How quick can I resume normal life?

Very quickly in the vast majority of cases. Vision in the treated eye usually returns to an acceptable level by the next day (if not the same day) but we would not judge the final result until the eye has had chance to recover properly for a few weeks. Some consideration needs to be given to your normal occupation; do you work in a clean environment (eg clean office or mechanic), is your eye likely or at risk of direct trauma (eg police), in certain cases you may need to plan a slightly longer break from work than normal.

What are the risks of intra ocular surgery compared to laser eye surgery?

There is an excellent document created by the college of Ophthalmologists in which risks are described.

The risks of intra-ocular surgery are higher than for laser treatment.

Serious visual loss from laser eye surgery is very rare. The most serious complications with laser eye surgery are often considered as those that may need a corneal transplant and this is estimated at about 1 case per 5000 by the College of Ophthalmologists.

With lens surgery, the risk of permanent visual loss (described as anything from vision just worse than the driving standard, or in some cases, complete loss of vision in the affected eye), is approximately 1 in 500.

Why is surgery performed on one eye at a time?

We like to ensure that you are happy with your first eye and surgery has gone to plan before we operate on your second eye. If you are a low risk candidate, we can consider the possibility of treating both eyes on the same day, but this will need careful consideration and further discussion withy your surgeon.

How do I manage whilst I wait for my second eye to be operated on?

It is usually just one or two weeks between eyes: Patients often remove their spectacles and manage with their one operated eye until the second eye is treated. If you have a busy and demanding work schedule, you will need to give this period some consideration.

Is the surgery done under a general or a local anesthetic?

All procedures are carried out under local anaesthesia. We do not offer the option of general anaesthesia.

What should I expect in the early post operative period?

Most patients are surprised at how quick and comfortable the recovery is. Minor irritation is possible for a few weeks after surgery as the small incisions heal, but this is rarely classed as discomfort and can be managed with artificial tears if required. Your vision will often have returned to acceptable levels by the following day, but may not be fully settled and stable until two months. You may find it takes a little time for your brain to adapt to the new images it receives; objects often appear brighter and colours more vivid in the early post operative period, some patients are aware of unusual shadows or reflections in their side vision.

Multifocal and extended depth of focus lenses cause some degree of haloes or flare particularly at night time. Most patients adapt to this over a two month period and it is rarely a cause for complaint, but it is noticeable and can be a frustration in the first few weeks.

You will need to use antibiotic eye drops for the first week and anti-inflammatory eye drops for about a month. You should take care with your operated eye, particularly for the first few days after surgery to avoid trauma or any potential for infection. Some degree of glare is normal and the eyes may be minimally tender to the touch in the early post operative period. If you experience anything that concerns you, you must contact us for further advice or examination.

 Is Finance available?

Yes. Please ask for up to date finance options and breakdowns. 

How much does it cost?

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