Surgery

With years of expertise, our surgeons use technology at the forefront of Ophthalmology.

Surgery

At Saint James Eye Clinic, we treat a wide range of patients with various types of vision impairments that might need surgery.

Surgeries are well planned in advance and a treatment plan is made according to your lifestyle.  You might be asked several questions relating to your lifestyle and what your expectations are. In this way we can offer you the best visual outcome, considering your age, lifestyle and health status of the eye and in general.

Surgeries are all done under local or topical anaesthesia, however, when required, general anaesthesia is offered, and surgery will be done in one of our local hospitals.  All evidence states that local or topical anaesthesia are the safest approach to surgery since complications of anaesthesia is minimal. Should you choose to have general anaesthetic instead, please ensure that your anaesthetist explains well the risks and possible complications.

Types of Treatments

Refractive Lens Exchange

Replacing the natural lens of your eye, and inserting a tailor made lens that can help you see from near and far distances without the use of spectacles.

Cataract Extraction

Removing the cloudy lens, and replacing it with a premium lens for a better visual outcome.

Phakic Lens Implantation

Inserting a small lens beneath the surface of the eye for those having high myopia and wanting to get rid of their glasses or contact lenses.

Intracorneal Ring Segments (ICRS) Implantation

Inserting an ophthalmic medical device for reducing or eliminating myopia and astigmatism in patients with keratoconus.

OptoSLT Nano Treatment

Advanced, non-invasive laser technology for treating glaucoma more effectively.

Correction of Ptosis

Surgery for drooping eyelids can result in better cosmetic and life quality outcomes.

Glaucoma Surgery

This surgery reduces pressure build-up inside the eye by draining any excess fluid.

Minor Surgeries

Excision surgery is an ideal treatment option to remove cysts and other swellings on eyelids.

Squint Correction

Safe and effective treatments to correct eye alignment in children and adults.

Vitreoretinal Surgery

A delicate surgery on the eye’s light-sensitive membrane and the gel-like substance surrounding it.

What happens before eye surgery?

Sometimes antibiotic eye drops are prescribed in the eye to be operated on, two days prior to surgery to prevent infection post operatively. This is prescribed to the patient, during the examination prior to surgery. The surgeon and out team of nurses will discuss the surgery in detail with you and will explain all the benefits, risks and complications.

A consent form will be given to you to take home with you, so you have ample time to read it and you can call us back with any further questions you might have. By signing the form, you agree to the surgery and that you are aware of its benefits, potential risks and alternatives.

You must have this signed declaration on the day of surgery, it is one of the conditions required to perform the surgery.

What kind of preparation procedure is carried out in the operating room?

The surgery is performed under local anaesthesia. The introduction of modern surgical techniques, have also further simplified the preparation procedure. We instill anaesthetic drops, several times to the eye to numb the eye. We also instill dilating eye drops to enlarge your pupil. On the day of the surgery, we will ask you some health related questions and if it is deemed necessary we will give you a mild sedative tablet before entering the operating theatre. You will be asked to put on a disposable gown, cap and over shoes.

What happens during the surgery?

You will be asked to lie down and relax on our theatre table. After cleaning the eye and its surroundings, you will be covered with a sterile drape. If you are claustrophobic, please let us know. Also you will have a device attached to your finger to monitor your pulse and oxygen levels.

The surgery is carried out via a very small incision which is only 2.2 mm long. The size of the wound helps us achieve sutureless surgery and decreased the incidence of infections drastically. Phacoemulsification is carried out with the most technologically advanced equipment, using ultrasonic waves.

During surgery, you can speak to the doctor if you feel like and the surgery is completely painless. It is very important not to make sudden movements with the head. The actual surgery takes about 15 minutes.

What happens after the surgery?

After surgery, you will be accompanied out of the operating room by one of our nurses. You will be allowed to leave shortly afterwards, and a discharge plan is given to you. It is important not to rub the eye in the first few days after the surgery.

Always wash your hands before touching your face or before putting the eye drops. Do not wash your hair for 1 week after the surgery and avoid for water to come into your eyes for 2 weeks after the surgery.

The vision may be slightly blurred temporarily after the surgery, because the pupil is dilated, the cornea may be cloudy for a transitional period. Follow up with your doctor is necessary the next day. The operated eye may be sometimes a little red, watery, and temporary stinging may occur. You will need to use two kinds of eye drops in the operated eye, and written information is also provided.

Premium Quality Intraocular Lenses

In our clinic we work only with the best quality intraocular lenses (IOLs), which enable us to achieve the most precise visual acuity.

The revolutionary trifocal IOL, for example, allows near, intermediate and far distance vision at the same time, so there is no need for reading glasses. It can be compared mostly to the more comfortable visual experience provided by the multifocal glasses, but without the hassle of wearing glasses.

Astigmatism is another kind of refractive error. Astigmatism occurring due to the curvature irregularity of the cornea, can also be corrected by the TORIC intraocular lens.

The multifocal-toric IOL implant may provide eligible patients a life without glasses.

Calculating intraocular lens power

With the assistance of the surgeon, we take specific measurements of the eye using a series of accurate and reliable computerised tests.

This allows us to determine the most suitable intraocular lens type and power for the patient from the variety of IOLs available, in accordance with our patient’s needs and expectations, and taking into consideration their lifestyle.

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