WHAT TO EXPECT ON THE DAY OF CATARACT SURGERY
Cataract surgery is the most common surgery performed in Australia and is statistically very safe.
You will be contacted TWO BUSINESS DAYS prior to the day of cataract surgery to confirm your admission details. This will include the admission time and the time to begin fasting in preparation for your operation. We can also answer any of your questions.
GETTING TO THE HOSPITAL
You will be directed to present yourself to one of the following hospitals for your surgery:
AT THE HOSPITAL?
On arrival at the hospital, you will check-in with the reception staff at the admissions desk. Nursing staff will then prepare you for surgery, including a series of eye drops to numb your eye and dilate your pupil.
Once prepared for surgery you will meet your anaesthetist who will discuss your medical history and administer ‘twilight’ sedation.
Using this type of anaesthetic means you will not feel any pain during the surgery. Also, you will usually have no memory of anything that happened until you wake up in the ‘recovery bay.’
THE CATARACT SURGERY
The surgical procedure will take approximately 30 minutes. However, expect the total time you spend at the hospital to be around 4 hours.
After surgery, you will be given something to eat and drink, and the nursing staff will monitor you.
Once you feel well enough, you will be discharged into the care of a friend or family member. A pair of protective sunglasses will be provided for your journey home.
You will be given a ‘post-operative pack’ which includes eye drops, information sheets, and Dr Smallcombe’s personal mobile phone number in case of an emergency after hours.
The eye that has been operated on will be covered by a protective eye shield. To protect your eye from inadvertent rubbing you should wear this shield for the first 2 nights when you go to sleep.
It is common to feel drowsy after cataract surgery. Also, you will notice your vision is a little blurry and your eye may feel gritty. However, if you are concerned about anything please get in touch with us.