Cataract surgery is a relatively straightforward procedure that normally takes up to 30 to 45 minutes.
It is usually carried out as day surgery under local anesthetic/Topical anaethesia which means you are awake during the procedure and you can go home on the same day.
During the operation, the surgeon makes aÂ tiny incision (cut) in your eye so they can remove the affected lens. When the lens has been removed, the surgeon inserts a small plastic lens, called an intraocular implant or intraocular lens, in its place.
If you have cataracts in both eyes, this procedureÂ will usually be carried outÂ on separate occasions a few weeks apart. This gives the first eye time to heal and time for your visionÂ to return.