The surgery will take place at the Robina Procedure Centre, located within our premises. Therefore, you will come to the same reception that you came to for your clinic visit.
The surgery usually takes around 20 minutes, but you should allow for about a three hours stay. This is to ensure that the eye is well prepared for the procedure and that all the safety checks are completed and that you have recovered from the sedation to go home safely.
What happens on the day of surgery?
When you check in at the reception, the Admissions Nurse will start the admitting process. If you are having a Toric lens, your surgeon will mark the eye prior to surgery.
Cataract surgery is done under local anaesthesia with sedation. You will not feel the anaethitic injection around the eye as this is given while you are sleeping under heavy sedation. You will be under light sedation during surgery, awake but comfortable, relaxed and slightly drowsy. You will not be able to see the surgery or feel it. If you feel any discomfort, which is very unlikely, tell us immediately and we can do something about it.
Many people are worried about moving during surgery but almost everyone manages to stay still without any trouble. We will do our best to make you as comfortable as possible. You do not need to worry about blinking as a small instrument will be used to gently stop you from blinking with the eye that is operated on. You can blink quite normally with your other eye or you can keep it closed.
When the operation is finished, an eye pad will be placed over your eye.
After the surgery you will be taken to a comfy recliner chair and given refreshments. When the sedation has worn off, you will be free to go home. You must not drive yourself home. If possible, someone should stay with you the first day. Before you leave, you will be given detailed instructions about the eyedrops you will need to use.