Mr Ursell discusses removal surgery. Watch our film here.
Vicky a patient of the Cataract Doctor
Vicky recalls her surgery and how she’s benefitting. Watch her story here.
Cataracts are removed by an operation called ‘phakoemulsification’. On the day of surgery wear comfortable, loose fitting clothes.
You will have drops in the eye to dilate the pupil and to anaesthetise the eye. Local anaesthetic drops are used to numb the eye and any pain is prevented by an infusion of anaesthetic that lasts throughout the operation.
You may wish to have a general anaesthetic and this will be given to you beforehand. A microscope and miniature instruments are used to painlessly dissolve the cataract and place a new plastic lens inside the eye. The strength of the lens is tailored to fit your eye and takes into account your glasses prescription. The incision is self-sealing and usually does not require stitches and is 2.2mm in length, the height of a 5p coin.
No needle, no patch surgery
Mr Ursell has pioneered ‘no needle, no patch’ surgery.
Due to the way surgery is performed with micro incisions there is no need for needles to provide anaesthetic into the eye. The area is numbed with gentle eye drops that do not sting and the whole operation is painless so you stay awake throughout. You will not see any of the instruments and patients report seeing pretty swirling patterns similar to the Northern Lights.
As the disruption to the eye is so minimal and the incisions are so strong, there is no need to cover the eye with a patch after the operation which many patients used to find very inconvenient. Often patients claim that when looking in the mirror next day they cannot tell which eye has been operated on.
Naturally, we understand some patients have perfectly reasonable fears about having surgery whilst fully conscious but the benefits hugely outweigh the downsides. Mr Ursell has performed thousands of operations this way and is a specialist at reassuring you both before and during the operation.
We have found over the years that our figures show 99% of patients are comfortable with this and will always elect to have the second operation this way after the first. If you are still not comfortable with ‘no needle’ anaesthesia then we have the facility to provide general anaesthetic if needed.
Our aim is to make the whole experience as comfortable for you as possible and this attitude has enabled Mr Ursell to create one of the largest practices for cataract surgery in the area, mainly through word of mouth.