You may be offered cataract surgery on the NHS if your cataracts are beginning to affect your daily life. Your optometrist will usually refer you to an NHS eye clinic to have your eyes assessed by an ophthalmologist. They can also refer you to a private ophthalmologist if you prefer.
During your pre-operative assessment, your healthcare team at the hospital will talk to you about how to use your eye drops. Someone you trust may be able to help you if you need it. But if not, your hospital may be able to arrange for a district nurse to visit you at home.
Most people recovery quickly. You’re likely to be feeling back to normal and have clearer vision within a week of your operation. It can take several weeks for your eye to completely heal though. You may need to take particular care of your eye during this time. For more information, see our Recovery section above.
The local anaesthesia drops used to numb your eye during cataract surgery, may sting a little when your surgeon puts them in. You may feel some pressure during the procedure, but you shouldn’t feel any pain. You can take painkillers to manage any pain after the procedure. To find out more, read our section, What happens during cataract surgery above.
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