I perform most cataract surgery using mainly just anaesthetic drops alone. Most of my patients prefer this as it avoids the need for a needle injection around the eye to numb it, and is generally well tolerated. In the unlikely event that you may feel some discomfort, I can very readily administer anaesthetic around the eye swiftly eliminating any discomfort. The advantages of a local anaesthetic approach are that there will be no requirement to starve before the procedure, you can go home very soon after the procedure, and there will be no risk to your overall health unlike with general anaesthesia. If you feel that you may be quite anxious during the operation then mild sedation can be provided by one of my team of highly-experienced private Consultant anaesthetists. This is an effective option which still retains the benefits of local anaesthesia. Some patients may still prefer general anaesthesia where you are put completely to sleep for the operation. For this option, you will be required to be nil by mouth prior to surgery and may require some pre-operative tests to ensure safe anaesthesia.