To arrange a consultation at a time convenient for you, please call us on 02031373237 or complete the the online form to request a call back.
You will need to bring the following items to your consultation
– Soft contact lenses – two weeks
– Gas permeable contact lenses and hard contact lenses – four weeks
Welcome – When you arrive at your treatment clinic, you will be warmly welcomed by one of our friendly reception team members and directed to the clinic. You will be seated in our clinic reception and offered complimentary tea and coffee. Your eye health journey will then begin with a thorough consultation carried out in person by Tahmina Pearsall which will last about 1.5 hours (and includes about 20 minutes to allow your pupils to dilate).
Using the latest state-of-the-art technology Ms Pearsall will capture detailed measurements of your eyes, discuss your work and hobbies with you and how your vision affects them. She will ensure your surgical plan is the most optimal for you.
Ms Pearsall will examine your eyes and conduct a sight test to check the quality of your vision and check that you are fit for the operation. It is very important that you feel free to ask any questions you may have about your surgery at any time.
1.Vision test – we will check your vision using the same letter chart as your optician
2.Eye pressure – We will measure your eye pressure which is important test for glaucoma.
3.Pupils dilated – Drops are placed in each eye to make the pupils larger so we can examine the eye.
4.Eye diagnostics – The biometry test provides a reading that enables us to calculate the power of the intraocular lens (IOL) required for your cataract surgery.
5.Additional tests – additional tests may be required for those with pre-existing eye conditions or if you’ve had previous eye surgery or laser treatment. These include imaging tests; one takes a cross-section image of your retina and the other measures and checks the shape of your cornea.
If you have had laser treatment, it is very important that you let us know during your assessment and if possible bring any documentation about your eye measurements before the laser treatment.
Excimer laser treatment affects the calculations that are used to determine the strength of lens implant that is inserted. Even though allowance is made for the laser treatment, it is more difficult to select the power of the lens implant and patients are at higher risk of being more or less long/short-sighted than planned following the cataract surgery. This may require spectacles or contact lenses to be worn or may be correctable with further excimer laser surgery or further intraocular surgery.
6. General healthcare – you will have some simple health screening at this appointment and we will note any current health and what regular medication you are taking (both prescription and non-prescription) and check your blood pressure and temperature. We will talk you through the best option for you explaining everything thoroughly and answering any questions you may have.
7 Consent – Ms Pearsall takes time to discuss with you the details of your cataract surgery, the benefits that you should get from the surgery and also the risks of surgery. She will check that you understand everything and ask you to sign a consent form, which lets us know you give your permission for your surgery to go ahead. Please let us know if you have a lasting power of attorney (LPA) or require support for giving consent.
8 The final stage of your appointment is to book a date for your surgery choosing a time and date to suit you – this is usually about two weeks following your consultation. You will be provided with a comprehensive patient information booklet on cataract surgery, which includes what you can expect at each stage of your patient journey.
Cataract surgery is a relatively straightforward operation and is the most common operation performed in the UK today. It is very normal to be anxious about your surgery, but rest assured we will support you through every step on your surgery day; we’ll put your mind at ease, explain what is happening and discuss any concerns you may have, making you as comfortable as possible
You will spend 5 minutes with one of our nurses following surgery to check you are OK and talk you through your post-surgery care at home. You’ll be given a booklet with lots of useful information on dos and don’ts and advice about what to do when you’re back home. You’re nurse will also give you important eye drops – to help prevent infection and reduce any swelling. The nurse will give you a bottle of eye drops to take over four weeks following surgery, but NOT on the day of surgery.
You will need about 10 to 30 minutes following your surgery to rest back in the hospital reception. We recommend having a hot drink and a biscuit and these will be offered to you while you wait.
We will call the contact you gave us to organise a lift home, if they’re not already waiting for you in the reception area. We recommend that you should rest quietly for the rest of the day. You may watch television or read.
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