The cataract operation

The operation

The eye surgeon will remove your cataract by making a very small incision in your eye. The incision is usually self-healing but may sometimes require stitches, which are easily removed in the outpatient unit. Inside your eye, your natural lens (cataract) is inside a capsule, rather like the skin of a grape containing the fruit. The lens is softened with ultrasonic waves (Phacoemulsification) before it is removed through the same hollow probe.

After the natural lens is removed, an artificial or intraocular lens is implanted to take its place. There will be tests performed to accurately determine the amount of nearsightedness, farsightedness and/or astigmatism you have prior to surgery. Measurements of your eyes will also be taken to determine your cornea’s curvature and the length of your eye. These combined  measurements are essential to help the surgeon select the proper new lens to  give you the best vision outcome after surgery.

What does it feel like?

You may feel certain sensations, such as the surgeon touching your face and forehead and you may experience some pressure in the eye. If this becomes uncomfortable, you can have more anaesthetic during the surgery, which can either be a specific type of non-needle injection or further eye drops.