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“No Needle” cataract surgery

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

In “No Needle” cataract surgery, no needles or injections are used around the eyes. No needles around the eye avoids the small risk of inadvertent needle penetration of the eye, optic nerve or arteries and veins around the eye.

No needle cataract surgery also means the eye muscles are not paralysed after cataract surgery so an eye patch does not need to be worn. This is particularly important for people with poor vision in their other eye or at risk of falls.

Patients with advanced cataracts and non-English speaking patients can still have “no needle” cataract surgery.