What to expect before Lens Implant Eye Surgery
Once the lens is implanted will I be in danger if my eye is widely dilated?
No, the design of the lens allows for maximum dilation and constriction of the pupil.
What happens with the lens as my eye ages? Does it age too?
No, the lens will not age. It is made to last at least 100 years.
Do lens implants increase the risk of Cataracts?
Yes, ICLs do carry a slightly higher risk of developing cataracts, this will be discussed at your consultation.
Will I need glasses after my surgery?
You shouldn't need glasses for daily activities e.g. driving. However, you should bear in mind that the need for daily glasses may increase with age. Most patients will need reading glasses when they reach their fifties. Therefore, no guarantees can be given.
I have Glaucoma, am I suitable for lens implantation?
No, people with Glaucoma, people aged over 60 and those with Cataracts are not suitable candidates for implants.
Does the lens have UV protection?
Yes, the Ophtec lenses do have full UVA and UVB protection.
How long would my eye need to heal?
It may take up to several months for the lens to fully settle and the eye to heal completely. Naturally, the recovery period varies from patient to patient and from eye to eye.
Would I have to stay overnight?
You won't be required to stay overnight but you will have an aftercare appointment the next day after your surgery, so you may prefer to stay locally. It is important you have someone accompany you home following your surgery.
How soon can I go back to work?
This also depends on your occupation and should be at the doctor's discretion. Most patients return to work after two-three days, however, occasionally, patients need to take up to a week.
How soon can I drive?
Following surgery, your vision will be significantly better, however your optometrist will confirm when driving standards have been met.
Will I be able to swim after the treatment?
You should wait for 6 weeks before swimming. This applies even if you wear goggles. It is not only the water but also the pressure that can have a negative effect on your lens's recovery.
Will I be able to fly after the surgery?
Yes, flying won't affect you in any way but bear in mind that you need to be seen the day after your surgery as well as one week after surgery.
What about bathing?
You should avoid getting any water into your eye for two days after your surgery. Then continue to limit your eye's exposure to water for two weeks after the treatment. We advise patients to take great care when showering or bathing, ensuring that they avoid soap or water going into their eyes.
How soon can I start wearing make-up again?
Eye make-up should be avoided for two week following your surgery. However, you can wear lipstick, foundation and powder straight after your surgery.