Cataract surgery has evolved in leaps and bounds over the last 60 years in particular. In no small part due to the efforts of Sir Harold Ridley OBE who first conceived and developed the Intraocular lens implant back in circa 1948.
The incredible advancements in lens design, materials, technology and surgical skills have all gone hand in glove to produce the absolute marvel of todays ultra-small incision Cataract surgery. A cataract operation today can be performed in under a quarter of an hour and using nothing more than numbing eye-drops in the vast majority of cases. Patients are able to walk in and out of the operating room and can be on their way home within half an hour of the operation being performed.
Current standard practice is to treat one eye at a time, though this is something that may well change over the next few years. We at Bettersight expect same day surgery for both eyes could be offered as an option for the majority of cases in the not too distant future.
For your information we have included a standard small incision cataract procedure being performed by our medical director Mr Rehman. The procedure is in real time and is narrated for your education.
Modern Cataract Surgery
This is a real life example of modern small incision cataract surgery being performed with eye drop anaesthesia alone.