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When can I drive, and do I need to inform the DVLA about your surgery?

Normally, you should refrain from driving for 3 days following surgery. You may then start driving provided you have sufficiently good vision overall using both eyes to satisfy current DVLA visual criteria. In all instances, you must feel safe to drive. You will be advised whether you need to contact DVLA at your follow up appointments.  

Will there be any stitches to remove following the operation?

I generally employ modern sutureless microincision surgery for performing your cataract operation. It will be very unlikely that you will require stitches. If stitches are required, these will be removed 3-4 weeks following the procedure in the outpatient clinic using anaesthetic drops.  

When do I come back for follow up after surgery?

I will arrange to see you on the day of your second eye cataract surgery and then again 3-4 weeks following second eye surgery. If additional visits are advisable, then I will arrange as many visits as required in order to maximise the safety of your eye and to achieve the best final result.

What can I expect after the operation?

You will be able to go home 1-2 hours after a local anaesthetic, and slightly longer after a general anaesthetic. The eye pad is removed and you can start instilling your eye drops. There may be a small amount of discharge at this stage. Initially, your vision may be worse than before the operation. This is perfectly normal and you must

What can I expect during the operation?

After the anaesthetic is administered, your eye and face will be covered with a sterile drape. The whole cataract procedure will then be performed though a tiny 2mm incision. You will hear vibrating noises for about half of the procedure. This is the machine breaking up the cataract using ultrasound. You will not be able to see details of what

I would prefer not to have an injection to numb my eye for cataract surgery. Is this possible?

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

What can I expect on the day of your surgery?

All surgery is performed as a day-case procedure. You will attend the clinic and prior to surgery you will have dilating eye drops eye drops instilled. Mr Balaggan will see you before the operation to ensure you are still happy and comfortable to go ahead and to answer any questions you may have. Once you are ready you will be

What are the risks of cataract surgery?

Cataract surgery is one of the most successful surgical procedures and is associated with a very low risk of complications in experienced hands. Approximately 98% of patients will experience no complications. Some eyes are more challenging than others, with the most complex cases generally referred to vitreoretinal surgeons.  Minor complications include but are not limited to:   Minor damage to the iris

I am short sighted (myopic).Why should I choose you for my cataract procedure?

Short-sighted, and in particular very short-sighted eyes can present particular challenges during cataract surgery. As a VR surgeon, I frequently operate on these eyes and am very experienced with the strategies required to result in a safe outcome. If you are very short-sighted, then choosing a VR surgeon to perform your cataract surgery may be more reassuring for you.  

I have astigmatism? What is this and can this be corrected during cataract surgery?

Astigmatism is a type of refractive error that occurs in combination with either long- or short-sightedness and is common at all ages. It occurs mostly when the cornea at the front of the eye has an irregular slightly oval shape rather than being more spherical. This results in objects at any distance appearing distorted or skewed (link to animation). Normally, glasses fitted

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