Frequently asked questions
Community Eyecare want to make your experience as easy, friendly and accessible as possible. It is not uncommon for patients to have questions about the day you come in for consultation or for surgery. We hope that the questions and answers below go some way towards helping you find the answers to some of the questions before and after the visit to one of Community Eyecare Centres.
Will I have my eyes dilated on the day of consultation?
How long will my appointment be?
How do I get a follow up appointment?
When can I return to routine daily activities?
Can you drive after having eye drops?
What do I do if I have run out of eyedrops?
How do I put eyedrops in my eyes?
Questions regarding Minor Eyelid Operations
What should I bring with me?
What happens before my operation?
Are there any risks with this operation?
What happens during my operation?
What happens when I return from theatre?
What happens when I go home?
When can I drive again?
When can I go on holiday?
Questions regarding YAG laser treatment
What is Posterior Capsular Opacification?
What is the purpose of YAG laser treatment?
What happens before the day of treatment?
What happens on the day of treatment?
What are the intended benefits of the laser?
What are the risks of laser treatment?
- Retinal detachment – the retina, which is the inner lining of the eye, can become detached. If untreated, this can lead to reduced or complete loss of eyesight, but if detected early it can usually be successfully treated. This happens in 1 to 2 in 100 patients
- Macular oedema – the retina can become swollen causing blurring of vision. This can be treated medically but may take several weeks to improve. The chance of macular oedema after laser capsulotomy is 1-2%, but may be higher in diabetic patients.
- Worsening of glaucoma or causing glaucoma (raised pressure) in the eye. This usually can be medically treated and has an incidence of 1.5% after capsulotomy.
- Rarely the lens may be damaged by the laser causing visual problems. In exceptional circumstances, the lens may subsequently need to be changed.
- Very rarely, additional medical or laser treatment may be needed after the procedure to obtain the best vision.
How is the procedure carried out?
- Your vision will be checked, so please bring your glasses with you.
- Drops to dilate your pupil will be put into one or both eyes, which will blur your vision for several hours.
- You will not be able to drive home after the drops, so please bring a companion or make suitable transport arrangements
- The procedure is performed with the laser machine connected to a normal slitlamp (microscope).
- A contact lens is placed on the eye to focus the laser beam and keep the eye open.
- The procedure lasts approximately 5-10 minutes, during which time you will hear beeping noises and experience bright lights.
- There is minimal discomfort, if any.
What happens after the YAG laser and when can I drive again?
- Your vision will be blurred after the treatment, but should improve over the following few hours.
- If you experience a sudden shower of floaters, flashes of light in the eye, or the feeling of a curtain coming over your vision, you should contact the Community Eyecare on the number provided as this may indicate a retinal detachment
- You should also contact the eye unit if you experience severe pain or loss of vision after the laser treatment.
- Certain patients will require follow-up appointments in the outpatient clinic. Before you leave, the laser operator will advise you whether another appointment is needed.
- You may resume driving the following day
- You may visit the optician a week after the treatment to check if your glasses need changing.
Questions regarding Cataract Surgery
What is a cataract?
Why have I developed cataracts?
- A family history of cataracts
- Use of medications, such as steroids
- Injuries to the eye
Are my family at risk of cataracts?
How do I treat cataracts?
What happens at the preassessment appointment?
How long do I wait for a date for the operation?
Do I have one eye done first or both together?
Can you tell me about the cataract operation and what happens?
What happens after the operation?
When can I drive or go on holiday after the operation?
How long until I can wash my face?
Can I use eyedrops for dry eyes and glaucoma?
What do I do if I run out of drops?
How long will my eyes be blurry, light sensitive and gritty?
Questions regarding Glaucoma
What is glaucoma?
How do we investigate glaucoma?
- A visual acuity test.
- A measure of the thickness of your cornea, called a pachymetry.