Bupa Cataract Surgery

If the lens of the eye has become clouded over it is known as a cataract. These affect millions of people across the world and once developed the eyes vision will be extremely affected; the only step of removal will be surgery. When looking into the possibility of surgery you can opt to go for NHS treatment or private treatment; more and more people are turning to private surgery because of the speed of service and the long waiting lists on the NHS. One of the premier private organisations in the UK is BUPA and their cataract surgery is carried out by the highest standard of medical professionals in many of their hospitals.

Bupa Cataract Surgery

Preparing

BUPA cataract surgery offers a service that cares for patients from first consultation right through until the final post-surgery check-up. Before surgery has taken place the BUPA medical team will arrange an appointment for you to visit the hospital and undergo an eye exam and full consultation. The exam will determine the seriousness of the cataract and doctors will be able to talk you through the procedure and answer any questions that you may have.

BUPA cataract surgery is generally done as a day case meaning that patients can leave hospital on the same day as the operation has taken place. Nurses will welcome you to the hospital and explain to you have you can expected to be cared for, they may then check heart rate and blood pressure to make sure levels are safe for operation.

Most operations are carried out using local anaesthetic which will completely numb the eye and allow patients to stay awake during the operation. For patients that wish to be asleep during surgery, a general anaesthetic can be given. There are some patients that become nervous and anxious at the thought of surgery, so nurses may offer a sedative to help the patient to remain calm and still during surgery.
Eye drops are then administered to dilate the pupil so that the surgeon can examine and remove the cataract easily.

Surgery

BUPA cataract surgery is one of the easiest operations to perform and should only take 15 to 20 minutes. Fluid is poured into the eye and ultrasound is used to break up the cataract lens for easy removal using suction. A folded intraocular lens in then inserted in to the eye and placed into position using the remaining back capsule of the natural lens to act as support. This form of surgical procedure is known as phacoemulsification and requires no stitching.

Recovery

After BUPA cataract surgery, you will remain at the hospital and kept comfortable and able to relax until the anaesthetic has worn off. After a few hours most patients are able to return home to relax and recover, sight should begin to recover after just a few hours and full activities can be resumed after a few days. BUPA medical staff will arrange for you to return to the hospital to check on the eye after usually a week.