The surgeon’s office
Now you’re finished with all your assessment, and it’s time to come through to my office and meet with me. We’ll discuss in detail what we can do to help you in terms of getting rid of your contact lenses and your glasses.
In general, I spend 20 to 30 minutes with each patient and the consultation takes three key steps. The first is for me to meet with you to get to know you as a person and also to get to know your visual needs. It’s really important that we spent some time talking about what it is that you’re hoping to achieve with your vision correction and also for me to understand any concerns you have about the treatment.
The next step is for me to examine your eyes, make sure they’re healthy, and to go through all the various scans that we’ve done and all the tests that you’ve had while you’ve been here, including the optometrist assessment and the diagnostic tests.
The last step of the consultation is for me to explain to you what the procedure involves. We discuss the risks and benefits of the procedure, and lastly, you can ask me any questions that you have regarding the treatment itself, regarding the risks or anything that’s concerning you about the surgery.
Your private room
Now we’re ready to move forward to what happens next, which is your day of surgery. We’ll take you to the ward. When you arrive at the ward on the day of the surgery, our nurses will greet you here, and they’re going to show you to your individual room.
Every patient that comes for surgery gets a room very similar to this, and you have your private room with a bathroom and a nice comfy chair to sit on.
The nurses will start by checking your blood pressure, making sure you’re feeling comfortable and happy. And then I’m going to come and see you, make sure you’re feeling confident about the surgery and we’ll complete the consent process. You get to ask me any further questions that you have, and I’ll address any of your concerns.
The next step, it’s very important, we’re going to give you some sedation. Our nurses will give you a small tablet to take. It will take 20 minutes for dissipation to work after which you’re going to start feeling a whole lot more relaxed about your upcoming surgery.
The operating theatre
This is our main operating theatre, where we perform cataract surgery and the refractive lens exchange procedure.
When you’re having a refractive lens exchange procedure or cataract surgery, we lie you down on a bed like this. You’re lying flat on your back, and your head is held comfortably by this cushion. Then, we move our microscope in. There’s quite a bright light. We ask you to look into this light. The procedure itself will take 10 minutes to perform. You will feel absolutely nothing. Some people feel a little bit of pressure at one stage of the operation, but largely, most people say it’s less discomfort than having your teeth cleaned.
The recovery room
The first thing that we do after your surgery is we examine your eyes at a machine, to make sure everything is the way it’s meant to be and I’m happy with your treatment.
Next, we bring you into one of our recovery rooms where we check your blood pressure, make sure you’re feeling okay. And then five to 10 minutes after the treatment, if you’re feeling well, you’re free to leave.
That’s your lens replacement pathway from beginning to end. Your assessment takes two hours to perform comprehensively. The surgery itself, you’re going to be here in the hospital with us for between one and two hours.
Thank you for visiting. If you are interested in coming for a free complimentary vision assessment appointment, then please do feel free to contact us.
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