Cataract Surgery

A cataract is a clouding of the lens in your eye, which makes it more difficult for you to see. In a cataract operation, the cloudy lens is replaced with an artificial lens, giving you back the clear vision you once had.

You can find out more about cataracts here.

Procedure time

You won’t have to stay overnight in hospital for your cataract operation. You could be home within one hour of your cataract operation, thanks to Eye Institute’s pioneering ‘no stitch’ cataract surgery technique. And thanks to advanced surgical techniques you can be back to normal in just a few days.


Most patients are able to go home within just one hour of cataract surgery, and you should be able to carry on normal activities, such as driving, walking and sports, in a matter of days.

What happens during a cataract operation?

Cataract surgery is quick, painless and highly effective, so there’s no need to feel nervous. Even if you are a little worried, our really friendly, highly trained team will make sure you feel completely at ease before, during and after your cataract operation.

It’s surgery that’s customised to your eyes

Just as there are different types of glasses, there are also different types of intraocular lens (IOL) that can be fitted during your cataract operation. It may even be possible to improve your eyesight to such an extent that you no longer have to rely on glasses at all.

Lenses used in a cataract operation can be:

Single focus intraocular lenses
To correct long or short sightedness
Multifocal focus intraocular lenses – to correct both long and short sightedness (in 80% of patients)
Toric intraocular lenses to correct astigmatism

What to expect from the procedure:

Before your operation, you’ll be given eye drops to dilate your pupil. You’ll also have the option of a mild sedative.

A painless local anaesthetic will be administered, and the skin surrounding your eyes will be cleaned, with sterile drapes placed around your head and face.

Using the ‘no stitch’ cataract surgery technique, the cataract is removed and the new lens is inserted through a very small, self-healing incision.

This highly advanced technique means you’ll benefit from dramatically reduced recovery time. 

You’ll be aware of voices throughout the cataract operation, but you will feel no pain, and little discomfort. An anaesthetist or nurse will be with you the whole time, to make sure you are completely comfortable and at ease.

After the cataract operation you’ll be able to rest in comfort and enjoy a tea or coffee.


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