It’s only natural to ask questions when you’re thinking of undergoing eye surgery. On this page, we have answered the questions we are most commonly asked by patients – we hope that the answers provided will put your mind at ease.

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Questions about Cataract Surgery

How active can I be after my cataract operation?
You should take things easy for the first few days. You may bend and stoop but it is probably better to avoid heavy lifting for about ten days. You may wash your hair. The greatest danger is poking or rubbing the eye, as this can cause the valve to open, making the wound leak. Because some people rub their eyes in their sleep, we advise you to wear a protective shield (provided by the clinic) at night in bed for the first week only. After this time, you may gradually get back to full normal activities.
Can cataracts come back after surgery?
Once a cataract has been removed, it cannot recur. However, the fine membrane on which the implant rests can occasionally become cloudy, causing the vision to deteriorate again. If this happens, we can remove the cloudiness with a laser. This is done in the outpatients department; the treatment is painless and takes about 2 minutes. There is a misconception among some people that this laser can remove a whole cataract; it cannot, but it can remove the cloudiness that sometimes comes after the operation.
When can I drive after a cataract operation?
Most patients' vision is adequate to drive the next day. Many patients prefer to rest for the first few days.
When can I wash my hair after cataract surgery?
Within a few days.
When can I bend and stoop after my cataract operation?
The self-sealing incision allows patients to bend and stoop straight away.
When can I fly after cataract surgery?
Straight away.
What should I do if complications arise after my cataract operation?
Call us immediately and tell us what you feel is wrong. We will see you immediately if necessary. We can be contacted 24 hours a day every day.
What happens if I move during the cataract operation?
Many people worry about this, but it is not a problem.
Is surgery the only way to treat a cataract?
Just because you have a cataract does not mean that you have to have it removed. Cataract surgery only becomes necessary if you are not happy with your vision and want to see better. Talk to your doctor if you have any questions or concerns about your vision.
Does cataract surgery hurt?
Thanks to numbing drops and medications that help you relax, this procedure involves minimal discomfort.
Will I be asleep during my cataract operation?
Since this procedure does not take very long, it is not necessary to put you completely to sleep with general anaesthesia. Instead, your surgeon will use a local/topical anaesthetic to numb your eye and you will remain awake during the surgery.
How long will I be in the hospital after my cataract operation?
Patients commonly spend only a few hours at the hospital or surgery centre, and are allowed to go home the very same day.
How long will my vision take to return to normal?
Every patient and every eye is different, but patients commonly see well enough to drive the day after receiving cataract surgery. Ask your doctor how quickly he or she expects you to recover.
Are there any side effects to cataract surgery?
After your operation, there is a chance that you will experience halos or glare in your vision, but this is uncommon and usually goes away in time. Your intermediate (in-between) vision may not be as crisp as your near and distance vision, but four out of five AcrySof® ReSTOR® IOL patients in a clinical study reported never needing glasses following cataract surgery in both eyes. As with any surgical procedure, there are risks to cataract surgery; you and your doctor should consider the potential risks and benefits, and determine if the AcrySof® ReSTOR® IOL is right for you.
Can the cataract lens be replaced if it doesn't work?
Although this would be unlikely, the IOL can be replaced with a different one if needed. Ask your surgeon how they would handle this situation.
What precautions should I take after my cataract operation?
Every patient is different, so be sure to ask your doctor for advice on caring for your eye after the procedure. Your doctor may ask you to refrain from rubbing your eye or engaging in any strenuous activity for a few weeks after surgery.

Questions about Glaucoma Treatment

What happens if the pressure in the eye does not fall below my target pressure?
There is a much greater risk of losing vision.
What does target pressure mean?
It is the pressure below which further damage to the vision is unlikely.
How do I find what my target pressure is?
The ophthalmologist looking after your case will work out what your target pressure is by assessing your eye and family history.
How do I know if the treatment is working?
Your ophthalmologist well tell you when the target pressure is achieved.
Can I live a normal life with glaucoma?
Yes. There are no restrictions on lifestyle.
I have glaucoma. Should my family be checked?
Yes. People with a close relative with glaucoma have a slightly increased chance of developing it themselves.

This FAQ page is constantly expanding – please check back soon for additional answers, including new sections for macular degeneration and paediatric patients.

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