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Lens Surgery Frequently Asked Questions

From cataract treatment to IOL and ICL procedures, you may have many questions about what each surgery entails. Take a look below to learn more.

Is it possible for cataracts to spread from one eye to the other?

It's not possible for cataracts to spread from one eye to the other, but they can develop simultaneously in both eyes.

What is used to remove the cataract?

Cataracts are removed by a process called 'Phacomulsification', which is where a cataract is broken up by ultrasound, it is then liquified and suctioned out.

Can I have both eyes treated at the same time?

Unlike in laser eye treatment, bilateral treatment is not possible in cataract or lens replacement surgery. If you do need both eyes treated, we recommend that you get your eyes treated one at a time, with a minimum of a week apart (diary availability dependent). This is mainly done to avoid infection and for safety reasons.

Is the procedure painful?

The procedure is not painful! Like with our laser surgery treatments, we use local anaesthetic to ensure you do not feel anything.

Will I have blurred vision after treatment?

Due to the dilating drops that are administered, and the bright lights, many patients find that their vision is blurred after surgery. This will clear up several hours after the operation, however you may find that your vision may be delicate for a few days post-treatment. It is advised that you bring a pair of sunglasses with you on the day of your treatment so ensure you're as comfortable as possible.

Can I wear my glasses after treatment? Will I even need glasses?

After surgery, your vision may be better without the aid of your glasses, but if you choose to wear your old glasses, this will not hurt your eyes. Often, you can choose to have a clear lens put in your frames, or you can opt for just reading glasses. We advise that you wait one month following the treatment before you get a new pair of glasses. You may still need reading glasses or bifocals for closer work if you do need an aid to see.

Are there complications in cataract surgery?

Dealing with complications with cataract surgery is very rare, however like with many things in life, eye surgery is not 100% risk free. Despite the number being low, risk of infection is around 1 in 5000 patients, but Ultralase ensure that the operating room is completely sterile, which is designed to minimise the risk of infection as much as possible. At every aftercare appointment, your eyes will be thoroughly checked for infection.
Risks and complications will be detailed in your aftercare leaflet and the agreement and consent form that you are provided with.
Of all the complaints, the most common is in nearly half of patients and this is for 'Posterior Capsular Opacification': This is a secondary cataract, representing a clouding of the artificial lens. This is treated with our YAG procedure, which you can learn more about here.

Is this an operation where I'd need to stay overnight?

You will not need to stay overnight for this procedure, however you will need to be in the area for your aftercare appointment the following day. It would be best to stay in the vicinity because of this!

Can I drive after the surgery?

Your vision will have improved greatly in comparison to pre-surgery, but the optometrist will advise you to to drive when you feel most comfortable and confident to do it.

Can I wear make up after treatment?

Please avoid eye make up for at least two weeks after your surgery. You are OK to wear base make up and lipstick.

There feels like there is something in my eye! HELP?

You may experience a grit-like, burning sensation in your eyes, like you may have something on the surface, and it may feel like something is scratching. This is completely normal, and due to the tiny incision that will have been made on the surface of your eye - this should disappear as your eyes heal. If the scratchiness does continue, it could be a sign of dry eye, and drops will help with this.

These drops that I've been given sting! Is this normal?

It is completely normal for your eye drops to sting a little bit once you have administered them, but you do need to continue to use them as prescribed because they will help with healing and preventing infection. If the discomfort persists, however, please contact us!

I kept getting glare when I looked at lights following my procedure?

This will be due to the dilation of your eyes after surgery. Your vision will go back to normal when this has worn off!

Well my glare has gotten better but now I keep seeing halos around lights?

This may be down to a number of reasons, but most commonly, it could be a refractive error, or in lamen's terms, need for glasses. Otherwise, it may just corneal swelling, and this is temporary!

I've just noticed a spot of blood in the white bit of my eye, should I be worried!?

The white part of your eye, which is called the sclera, is covered by a layer of tissue, that is clear, called the 'conjunctiva'. When a small blood vessel breaks, this blood becomes trapped under the conjunctiva, and the reason you can see it is because it is clear! The same happens on other parts of your body like your arms or legs, when you bruise blue or purple, however it is not as noticable because your skin is not transparent. You have no need to be worried, this will disappear eventually.