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Cataract Surgery

Types of cataract surgery

Cataract surgery is a microsurgical procedure that can be done in a variety of ways. Most cataract surgeries are performed using a technique known as phacoemulsification.

Anaesthesia for cataract surgery

Modern cataract procedures use only light sedation to make you comfortable and relaxed. Many patients do not remember the procedure though they were not asleep at the time.

“No Needle” cataract surgery

“No Needle” cataract surgery is performed with no needles or injections around the eye and no eye patch after.

Possible Side Effects of Cataract Surgery

As we use no needles and no injections around the eye the only side effects from the procedure’s anaesthetic are a little drowsiness. This is why we say no driving or major decisions for 24 hours after the sedation. Side effects from cataract surgery itself, though rare, are covered in our informed consent.

On the day of your surgery

You arrive for your procedure at 45 Glen Osmond Road, Eastwood after not eating for 6 hours or drinking for 4 hours prior to your procedure. Step out at the ground-level car park and into the front door to reception for admission. You will be shown to a special room to have your vital signs checked and drops placed in your eye to dilate your pupil. Your anaesthetist will then greet you, we’ll take a brief history and examine you before giving you some sedation to relax you. Your cataract procedure usually takes only 10-15 minutes and we’ll check your vital signs again in recovery before taking you to a comfortable chair for a drink and a snack. We’ll give you some post-operative eyedrops free of charge before you leave so you do not need to go to the pharmacy on the way home. We’ll also give you some post-operative instructions and arrange for a follow-up appointment at Cataract Surgery SA before sending you home.