How does cataract surgery work and how long does it take?


When you come for the cataract operation, you’ll be seen by our team, where they start preparing the eye. And that’s basically putting some drops to numb the eye, other drops to dilate the pupil. It’s very important that the pupil is nicely, fully dilated before we proceed with the operation.

Once the eye is prepared and ready, then we take you to the theatre. In the theatre, we want to make sure that you are comfortable in the bed and laying flat, face-up, watching the microscope, which is a bright light on top of you. The eye is cleaned, and the eye is covered by clear drapes, so we have a nice clean visual field…

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The surgery takes 10 to 15 minutes. It’s a very quick operation. You won’t feel any pain during the surgery. It’s just an experience, probably see some lights changing. Some patients describe it as looking through a kaleidoscope, but it’s really not a painful procedure. You may only feel water dripping on the eye, like a touch sensation or a little bit of tightness during the surgery.

But as it is only 10 to 15 minutes, you will feel nothing.

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Mr Samer Hamada | Consultant Ophthalmologist and Corneal Surgeon

MD, MSc, DO (hons), FRCSEd, FRCOphth I am Samer Hamada, founder and consultant ophthalmic surgeon with over 20 years’ experience in ophthalmology. I am a world-renowned specialist in cornea, cataract and refractive surgery. I’m not only a leading surgeon but also the only dual fellowship trained in corneal diseases in children from reputable institutions in the UK. At Eye Clinic London I work closely with other consultant ophthalmologists, optometrists and orthoptists to achieve the best outcomes for our patients. Our main aim is to make sure our patients get the safest and best treatments available to them. We put your safety before anything else so you can rest assured that if you choose us you will be in the best and safest hands.

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