FROM THE FIRST EXAMINATION UNTIL SURGERY
All IOL surgeries are preceded by a comprehensive assessment of eligibility and a consultation to help you select the perfect IOL. The surgery itself is very quick (taking approximately 10 minutes) and completely painless, and you will be able to go on with your daily routine without almost any trouble after taking a brief rest.
After surgery, you will have to do nothing else but enjoy your sharp vision returning to you with each day and week passing. The final result will be achieved after about one month.
What to bring with you?
your previous ophthalmology records
your medical records of any internal disease from the past 2 to 3 years
your discharge letters from the past 3 years
How to prepare yourself for the examination?
If you wear contact lenses, do not wear them for 3 weeks if they are hard lenses, or 4 days if they are soft lenses Please wear your glasses when you come for your visit
You will have to spend about 2 hours in the ophthalmology unit for the examinations to be completed
You will not have to wait because you will have a pre-arranged appointment
Please bring someone who can accompany you. You will undergo a dilated eye examination, and then your vision will be blurred and your eyes will be sensitive to light for 2 to 3 hours. Therefore, it is recommended that you avoid driving.
A comprehensive eye examination is performed at our clinic
Visual acuity assessment: This test will assess how well you see the test board from various distances.
Dilated eye examination: In order to dilate your eyes, an eye drop will be applied. Next, an ophthalmologist will use a magnifying glass to asses the status of the fundus of the eye, and to identify any signs suggesting potential optic nerve injuries or other ocular diseases.
Intraocular pressure measurement: Upon applying an eye drop, the internal pressure in the eyes is measured using a dedicated device.
Your ophthalmologist may also perform other tests to have a better understanding of your eyes and of their structure. He or she will provide you with detailed information regarding the potential outcome of your IOL surgery.
If your eligible for the surgery and the IOL type best suited to you have been selected with the help of your doctor, then we will make the plans of your IOL implant before surgery.
IOL planning, that is, biometry is a computerised optic or ultrasound test, the results of which enable us to plan your custom IOL.
Internal medical examinations
On the day of surgery, please bring the records of the following examinations not older than 3 months:
- BLOOD WORK (qualitative blood work, sedimentation, liver functions)
- URINE TEST
We will expect you at the pre-arranged time on your surgery day with the person accompanying you. Please don’t forget to bring the records of the previously requested examinations performed within the past 3 months. First, you will meet our receptionist who will provide you with information regarding the surgical procedures and will answer your questions.
You can simply come wearing your own clothes, we will provide you with a single-use surgical gown.
No general anaesthesia (sleeping), no injections. Anaesthesiology is performed using eye drops; you will not feel any pain or discomfort during or after the surgery.
We use phacoemulsification which is the most advanced surgical procedure and removes the lens through a tiny wound using ultrasonogragraphy. Essentially, the surgery consists of breaking up the lens into tiny, dust-like fragments using ultrasound, and then the tiny parts are removed. Next, a pre-designed, foldable artificial lens is inserted into the eye to ensure good vision.
No injections before or during the operation and the surgical wounds are so small that they do not even require stitching and will close by themselves.
The surgery normally takes less than 10 minutes and is painless.
After surgery, you will need to take some rest for half an hour. In case no complications are observed, you will be allowed to go home and you will be checked during the follow-up visit two days after the surgery.
- First check-up is on the day after your surgery. Please return to our clinic for the necessary examinations.
- After 2 months, we will check your visual acuity, and will prescribe a pair of glasses if necessary.
- Thereafter, annual ophthalmologic assessment is recommended.
How will you see after your surgery?
The implanted IOLs can provide more than a simple solution for cataract. We may also use them to correct extremely reduced vision as an alternative to refractive laser eye surgery. After the surgery you will see sharply without glasses even if you were required to wear glasses or contact lenses in the past. Monofocal IOLs provide good vision either for near or far distance and you will only need glasses for the other distance. Trifocal IOL implants ensure sharp vision for both near and far distances without wearing glasses. With this we can help you to achieve perfect, gless-free vision for a lifetime.
Directly after surgery
After surgery, you may feel a mild discomfort with some tearing. Sensitivity to light may also occur. Such complaints normally dissolve within 1 to 2 hours.
When at home, avoid bending forward too frequently and do not lift heavy objects. However, you can resume your everyday activities without concern.
The weeks and months following your surgery
After implanting IOLs development of your visual acuity may take several weeks. However already on the day following the operation you will have a much sharper and colourful vision. You will experience improvement day by day after your surgery. The final outcome will be reached about 1 month after your surgery.
The IOL surgery is performed at our clinic at high safety. The incidence of complications is very low as a result of our ample experience and advanced surgical techniques. You may receive detailed information about this during the preliminary assessment. In case the optical outcome is not fully satisfactory after the surgery, you may undergo additional laser-based dioptre correction at our clinic.