Lens Surgery Patient Journey

Follow the patient journey, from the initial consultation through to treatment day. Achieve the vision you deserve!

Lens Surgery Patient Journey

Your Free Consultation

At your consultation we will take automated tests of your eyes, which include digital imaging of the eye, computer measured glasses prescription, corneal thickness, OPD Wavefront analysis, iris recognition and internal eye pressure tests.

These tests take around 30 minutes and are pain-free. Your personal consultation will establish if you are suitable for treatment. You will receive a thorough eye examination to ensure the health of your eyes and a second eye test to verify your prescription. We will discuss your general health, lifestyle and personal expectations for good vision.

You will be advised of all relevant risks and alternatives, and have the opportunity to ask any questions. We will then advise you of your suitability for treatment. For high prescriptions, eye drops may be applied to examine the eye and you may be unable to drive for up to 24 hours while your vision is blurred. You are welcome to be accompanied.

Consultations are subject to a booking deposit (£10 weekdays, £30 Weekends) this is refundable after attending the consultation.

Contact Lens Wearers

Contact lenses affect the surface of the eye and they must be removed before your consultation and treatment. Eye tests can be inaccurate if you have not removed your lenses for long enough.

  • Soft/disposable lenses: remove for two days before consultation.
  • Soft Toric (astigmatic) and extended wear soft lenses: leave out for one full week.
  • Hard, gas permeable: remove for three weeks before consultation. Soft lenses may be used instead.

Surgeon Assessment

You will have your surgeon assessment 1-2 weeks before your treatment date. At the appointment, you will meet your treating surgeon who will examine your eyes and confirm the best lens for you according to your lifestyle, prescription, age, and general eye health. This is also when you can ask any questions regarding your treatment.


Lens surgery can be performed on both eyes on the same day, one procedure after the other. Alternatively, if you would prefer, you can have your eyes treated on separate days. On your treatment days you will need someone to accompany you and take you home as your vision will likely be blurry and not safe for driving.

Outpatient Surgery

All treatments are performed on an outpatient basis, this means you don’t need to stay at the clinic and can go home the same day. Diabetic patients are advised to have a light snack to maintain their sugar levels.


Prior to surgery (approximately 45 minutes) anaesthetic and pupil dilation drops will be administered by the nursing team. The area around the eye is cleaned and your face is then covered with a sterile drape.


The operation takes approximately 20 minutes. The eyelid is held open and surgery is carried out under a microscope. Treatment is painless and you are fully awake during the procedure. A mild sedative can be taken to make the surgery as stress-free as possible, which can be obtained from your GP beforehand.

Following Surgery

Once your surgery is completed the eye is covered with a shield. You are advised to rest at the clinic for about 30 minutes before going home. After a few hours the anaesthetic wears off and you may feel mild discomfort in the eye, which should fade within 36 hours. Your Optimax surgeon will prescribe eye drops and medication to take home, together with written instructions on how to use them.

Advice is provided in our Aftercare Leaflet. Our overnight aftercare helpline will give you complete peace of mind. It is important that you are accompanied home after surgery and to your first aftercare appointment.

Your eyesight will be blurred for a few days following treatment. Vision will slowly improve over the next month or so and the final result may be achieved after several months.

Aftercare Appointment Programme

The treatment cost includes all aftercare until you are discharged with a satisfactory result.

  Implantable Contact Lens Lens Replacement
1st visit 1–2 days 1–2 days
2nd visit 7–10 days 7–10 days
3rd visit 4–6 weeks 4–6 weeks
4th visit 3–6 months (discharge if satisfactory) 3–6 months (discharge if satisfactory)

Refining Your Result

If a prescription remains after surgery, it may be possible to fine tune your result with Laser top up treatment, which is included in your treatment cost. An occasional side effect after cataract treatment is Posterior Capsular Opacification (PCO) which causes blurry or cloudy vision. This is not an indication that there is anything wrong with the procedure. It can easily be treated using a YAG laser and it only takes minutes to perform. If this is needed, there will be a charge.


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