FAQ

 

What do I need to do for my initial consultation?
It is important to bring a recent spectacle prescription (at least one year old) if you have one. Driving is not advised at this appointment or for the treatment itself but may be fine for some follow up visits: please ask.

If you are interested in cataract surgery contact lens wear should be discontinued prior to the initial appointment because lenses often change the shape of the eye, making accurate measurement impossible. The length of time needed without lenses depends on the type of lens:
Daily wear soft contact lenses: one week
Gas permeable hard lenses: three weeks
Continuous wear soft contact lenses: three weeks

 

Can I wear contact lenses until the day of treatment?
It is fine to wear contact lenses until the day before treatment, but not on the day of treatment itself.

 

Will I still need glasses after surgery?
Usually it is possible to substantially reduce the dependence on glasses after cataracat surgery. Most people will have driving standard vision without glasses, but glasses may still need to be worn in certain circumstances, for instance night driving. Occasionally a degree of long or short sight may still be present after surgery. It is usually possible to correct this with laser treatment or supplemental lens implantation. 

 

When can I go back to work?
It usually possible to work within 1 week, but in certain occupations that involve exposure to dust and dirt it may take longer.

 

Is it painful?
Anaesthetic drops are used to numb the eye before all treatments. It is rare to experience anything more than mild discomfort after cataract surgery. If you start to experience increasing pain it is important to let your surgeon know straight away. Full contact details including mobile phone numbers are given to everyone undergoing cataract  surgery.

 

What are the risks?

As with any surgical treatment, there are risks. However the likelihood of serious visual loss is very low. These risks will be discussed at your consultation and you will be given comprehensive printed information.

 

What is the cost of treatment?

The cost for cataract surgery or lens exchange is £2490 per eye. The additional cost for a  Zeiss multifocal or toric lens is £600 per eye, or £900 per eye if a toric multifiocal lens is needed. 

The cost of a preliminary consultation is £165. Follow up consultations are £115.