Does the implantable contact lens procedure hurt?

Interview transcription:

We asked Alex Shortt to speak about the implantable contact lens procedure in regards to pain

Interviewer: Does it hurt to have this procedure? I mean, is there any kind of pain involved?

Alex Shortt: Absolutely not. It is completely painless.

What’s involved is, as a day case procedure, it takes maybe one and a half to two hours in the clinic. We give you some mild oral sedation – a tablet to relax you. Then we put eye drops in to numb the eyes.

We make our small little keyhole incisions, and we use anaesthetic inside the eye to numb all the internal parts of the eye. Then we place the lens implant in place and seal the small incisions. We send you back to the ward, wait for an hour for the eyes to recover, check you, and you go home.

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Mr Alex J. Shortt | Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon

MB BCh MSc PhD FRCOphth PGDipCatRef

I’m Alex Shortt, a highly trained academic researcher and Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon based in London’s famous Harley Street medical district. I trained and worked as a consultant for 14 years at London’s Moorfields Eye Hospital. I specialise in advanced technologies for correcting vision, including cataract surgery, implantable contact lenses and laser vision correction.

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