Your eye condition will most likely be diagnosed by your optician or GP. They’ll discuss the various treatment options available to you, and it is your choice as to where you’d like to receive your NHS treatment. You’ll be able to take the time to decide where you’d like to be treated, and your GP or optician will make the arrangements for your referral.
After we receive information from your GP or optician, we’ll get in touch with you to arrange an appointment at the clinic with one of our consultants. We will usually be in contact a few days after you’ve been referred to us.
This will happen within four weeks of your referral. The appointment may take a couple of hours in order for us test your eyesight and determine the size of lens you’ll need for surgery. You’ll also meet with a consultant who will examine your eyes and talk you through everything you need to know about the procedure.
You will need to bring:
• A printed list of all current medications from your GP
• A recent copy of your current glasses prescription (if you do not have one you’ll need to contact your optician to obtain one)
•All your current glasses
•Details of any laser corrective surgery or similar procedures that you have had in the past
If you wear contact lenses:
• Soft lenses should be removed three days before your appointment
• Gas permeable or hard lenses should be removed two weeks before your appointment
Feel free to ask any questions or queries you may have at this point and we’ll be happy to answer them for you. Once you’re happy with everything, we’ll arrange a convenient time within the next four weeks for you to come back for surgery.
The surgery itself will take place in your local clinic and should take 15-20 minutes (but may take up to 45 minutes). You will need to have some tests and checks with a nurse before your procedure. All our treatments are performed under local anaesthetic, so you’ll be awake, but you won’t be able to feel anything or see what is happening. Your consultant will talk you through everything they’re doing and make sure you’re feeling comfortable throughout. All you need to do is lie flat and keep your head as still as possible. Someone can be there to hold your hand too, if you’re feeling nervous.
Before you go home, we’ll give you a leaflet with all the information you need to know about taking care and protecting your eye after surgery. We’ll also give you some eye drops to use to reduce inflammation – someone will tell you what you need to do.
We’ll give you a call the day after your surgery to check how you’re doing and to answer any questions you may have. It’s normal to feel a bit of discomfort as well as itchy or sticky eyelids, but this should go away within a few days, and you can expect healing to take around two to six weeks.
We’ll arrange a follow-up appointment a couple of weeks after your treatment to make sure everything is okay, and your healing is progressing well. After that, we’ll refer you back to your optician to keep an eye on your recovery. If they detect any issues, they will refer you straight back to us to sort it out.
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