Lens Surgery Patient Journey

Outpatient Surgery

As all treatments are performed on an outpatient basis, this means that you don’t need to stay at the clinic and can go home the same day. Diabetic patients are advised to have a light snack to maintain their sugar levels.


Prior to surgery (approximately 45 minutes) anaesthetic and pupil dilation drops will be administered by the nursing team. The area around the eye is cleaned and your face is then covered with a sterile drape.


The operation takes approximately 20 minutes. The eyelid is held open and surgery is carried out under a microscope. Treatment is painless and you are fully awake during the procedure. A mild sedative can be taken to make the surgery as stress-free as possible, which can be obtained from your GP beforehand.

Following Surgery

Once your surgery is completed the eye is covered with a shield. You are advised to rest at the clinic for about 30 minutes before going home. After a few hours the anaesthetic wears off and you may feel mild discomfort in the eye, which should fade within 36 hours. Your surgeon will prescribe eye drops and medication to take home, together with written instructions on how to use them.

Advice is provided in our Aftercare Leaflet. Our overnight aftercare helpline will give you complete peace of mind. It is important that you are accompanied home after surgery and to your first aftercare appointment.

Aftercare Appointments

Your eyesight will be blurred for a few days following treatment, but should be good enough for you to cope with surgery to your second eye. This usually takes place in the following week.

Vision will slowly improve over the next month or so and the final result may be achieved after several months. The treatment cost includes all aftercare until you are discharged with a satisfactory result.

Refining Your Result

If a prescription remains after surgery, it may be possible to fine tune your result with Laser top up treatment, which is included in your treatment cost. An occasional side effect after cataract treatment is Posterior Capsular Opacification (PCO) which causes blurry or cloudy vision.

This is not an indication that there is anything wrong with the procedure. It can easily be treated using a YAG laser and only takes minutes to perform. If this is needed, there will be a small charge.