Cataract & COVID-19

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, Mr Ursell has deferred all cataract outpatient appointments and cataract surgeries. This decision has been taken to help reduce the spread of the coronavirus and to ensure we can utilise staff and resources appropriately during these unprecedented times.  All of our private hospitals have ceased performing routine cataract surgery to provide help for NHS facilities.  Whilst we recognise the postponement of your eye care can be distressing, we thank you for your patience and understanding during these difficult times.

New cataract appointments

We anticipate that we will be able to start seeing new appointments some months in the future, but this will depend on how the COVID-19 situation develops in the UK. Please note we are not sending out any new or rescheduled appointments at present but do accept our assurance you will not be overlooked. Any patients with severely reduced sight in both eyes will be contacted and given an appointment as soon as possible. Any delay in cataract surgery whilst being very disabling will not damage your eye.

We are offering online video/telephone consultations.  Please click here to schedule a consultation with Mr Ursell.

Post-operative appointments

Mr Ursell has individually reviewed all patients who have recently had surgery and is performing telephone consultations to address your post-operative care. During this consultation we will discuss your vision, eye comfort, post-operative medications and any other concerns you may have. Please do try and answer any telephone calls you receive and note our telephone number may show as a withheld number. We will leave a voicemail or answerphone message if you are unavailable and attempt to contact you again. Following your telephone consultation, you should receive a summary letter in the post. A list of common symptoms after cataract surgery is given at the end of this page.

Refractions (eye tests) and spectacle dispensing

If you require new spectacles following cataract surgery or to optimise your vision if surgery has been delayed, this can be arranged at your local Opticians.  If necessary, Mr Ursell can liaise directly with your optometrist to coordinate your appointments.  Usually, your optometrist will have been copied into the correspondence that we created during your operation.

Some local practices are still open for emergency and essential eye care and we request you check times in advance of any visit.

If you can manage your daily visual tasks with any current spectacles, please consider whether you can avoid any unnecessary journeys. Please also note that reading spectacles or “ready readers” are available to purchase online from many retailers.

You will not damage your eyes if you use cheap reading spectacles that are not exactly the correct prescription.

When will my cataract surgery be rescheduled for?

We anticipate your surgery will be restarted some months in the future, but this will depend on how the COVID-19 situation develops in the UK. Please note we are not sending out any new or rescheduled surgery dates at present but do accept our assurance you will not be overlooked as Karen has compiled a comprehensive list of patients needing further surgery or appointments.

Any patients with severely reduced sight in both eyes will be contacted and given a new date as soon as possible. Any delay in cataract surgery will not damage your eye.

Eye drops/medication

If you require any repeat medications please contact your GP by telephone, email or online to request a prescription but avoid making an appointment. Your local pharmacy may be able to deliver any medications, or you can ask a friend or neighbour to collect on your behalf if you are isolating.

Emergency eye care

If you develop any of the following symptoms that warrant urgent review please call us on 0845 680 2020 for advice.

Sudden loss or blurring of vision
Increasingly red and painful eyes
Yellow/green discharge

We continue to run emergency services for any patients that require this and local eye departments will also be open for emergencies.

If you have with symptoms of COVID-19 you must contact the hospital to inform us before attending in person.

Common problems after cataract surgery

Mild gritty, sore, itchy and dry eyes. These are common symptoms experienced after cataract surgery and are not serious. It is often the case that if you had dry eyes or blepharitis before the cataract operation this may be a little more noticeable for a period after the surgery.  The symptoms will usually resolve in 2-3 months after surgery and return to the situation you had prior to surgery. You should use your lubricating drops more often and if you need additional supplies they can be purchased online or locally.

 

Eye red/sore eye after stopping drops. This can be due to a recurrence of post-operative inflammation inside the eye or a recurrence of dryness.  If you have any of the remaining drops from the surgery please restart them and contact us for advice.

My vision is blurry after cataract surgery. What should I do?

It can take a few days or occasionally weeks for the vision to reach its full potential after cataract surgery. Any blurry vision that remains is likely due to the focus of the eye and can usually be corrected by weak spectacles. If the eye is becoming increasingly blurry having been initially good you should contact us for advice

Contact us today

If you would like more information or wish to book an appointment please contact us.