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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:
Using the pioneering ‘no-stitch’ cataract surgery technique, which was developed by surgeons here at Eye Institute, the cataract is removed and the new lens is inserted through a very small, self-healing hole. It’s an innovative method that makes surgery safer, and means you beneﬁt from clearer vision sooner, with dramatically reduced recovery time.
Surgery is normally considered when loss of vision begins to interfere with your day-to-day activities or it is aﬀecting your overall quality of life.
Yes. It’s not possible to get another cataract once it has been removed. However, approximately 10% of patients may become aware of a gradual blurring of vision some months to even years after the surgery as a result of the thickening of the lens capsule that supports your artiﬁcial lens. If this happens then clear vision is often simply restored by laser treatment, called a capsulotomy, which can be done very easily during a short visit to the clinic.
Most people will still need glasses for ﬁne visual tasks although some patients can get by without them.
There are diseases that can aﬀect and limit your eye's visual improvement following cataract surgery. These can be diagnosed well before the operation and your specialist will discuss the impact of any such problems with you beforehand.
No. An anaesthetic is applied before your surgery so that there is no pain, but some people experience slight discomfort after the surgery.
Recovery is very quick. You will want to take it easy for the ﬁrst two or three days after surgery.
Cataract surgery is very safe and has high success rates. However it is important to understand that complications can always occur during or after any surgery. Your surgeon can talk you through any possible problems.