The total time with us on a surgical day is between two to three hours.
Surgical procedure time is a small number of minutes.
In terms of the journey from initially contacting the practice to having the procedure and then discharge can be a little bit variable. Once a patient contacts the practice, my PA will give them a range of dates for the initial consultation and will explain some of the important things that patients need to know. For example, we always recommend that someone else comes along with them in case we need to put dilating drops in to dilate the pupils, which is very frequently the case. That would mean a patient could not drive themselves home. The effects of the dilation drops last for a few hours.
Patients who wear contact lenses will have to remove them depending on the kind of medical condition that they’re coming to discuss.
In terms of cataract surgery, if we’re going to take the lens calculation measurements on the day of the consultation, then contact lenses will have to be removed for a certain period preoperatively; depending on whether they’re soft or hard contact lenses. Therefore, there’s a little bit of planning in terms of arranging the consultation. The consultation then takes place, and I discuss the examination findings and the risks and benefits of the various types of procedures that a patient may be suitable for. There’s often a lag here between the consultation and having the surgery itself, but it’s the patient’s schedule that determines that. We try to fit in with their work and leisure and holiday schedule.
After that, the surgery takes place, and we arrange postoperative care. I will conduct the postoperative care in the local clinic or, if a patient has travelled from a significant distance, we may get their optometrist involved locally to undertake the examinations.
I always stay in touch with my patients by telephone, and they have 24/7 access to me personally after the surgery. I give everyone my phone number. They’ll also have my PA’s contact phone number, and they’ll have the hospital’s phone number. We make sure that the postoperative care is in place before the surgery happens.
I invite you to book a consultation to determine your suitability for refractive cataract surgery or refractive lens exchange. It’s the only way to determine your suitability for these procedures and to have an in-depth discussion regarding the risks and benefits of each of them. I look forward to seeing you there and taking you through the journey to achieving your desired postoperative outcome.