On the day of your cataract surgery
Please arrive promptly, on time at the hospital for your surgery.
You will need to check in at the reception desk when you arrive.
A nurse/ optometrists will welcome and check your details.
You will have some basic observations taken including your temperature, blood pressure and pulse. You will also have your blood sugar level checked if you are diabetic.
A nurse will confirm which eye is being operated on and will mark on your forehead. A doctor will check your eye before surgery and you are shifted to the operation theatre. You will be asked to hand over your belongings to your bystander for safe keeping whilst you are undergoing surgery.
You will be taken to the pre-operative room where you will be looked after by the operation theatre team. They will help you onto the surgery bed where you will be lying flat and monitoring equipment will be connected to check your vital signs during surgery.
Your eyes will be covered with a sterile drape during surgery. Your eye will be anaesthetized so you won’t feel anything during the surgery – this may be by using drops, injection or both.
You may hear sounds of machine during your surgery and may feel water on your eyes. This is all perfectly normal. If you have any discomfort , you are allowed to say it, so that we can help you out.
The surgeon will inform when your operation is finished, which is approximately 10 -20 minutes for cataract procedures.
Your eye will then be dressed with a protective shield. You will be helped off the operation table and staff will take you to the discharge lounge. The nurse in the discharge lounge will take your observations again and check whether you are feeling well enough to leave.
You will be provided with eye drops to use after your operation to help your eye to heal, and instructions on how to look after your eye at home.
You will be seen by the doctor before being discharged.
Once you are happy with your discharge instructions you can go home. Following your surgery, you will also be given an appointment for post–operative review which will be 3 – 5 days after surgery.