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laser eye surgery for cataracts

If you need help during your treatment, give us a call or send us an email.

We are available Monday to Sunday from 7am – 10pm.

Laser Vision Scotland Customer Service:

When you first arranged your appointment, you were assigned one of our patient care team to look after you throughout your treatment.

Sarah Martin and Victoria Beesley are always available to help no matter the issue. They have a wealth of information and direct access to your consultant should you need specialist advice.

Need to make an appointment?

If you need to see us for any reason following your surgery you can contact us to arrange a check-up. This appointment is part of the inclusive package of care so is free of charge.

You’ve arranged your consultation but have a query? The most frequently asked questions are below.

If your query is not covered here, please contact us on 0800 8202080

Prior to your consultation

Contact Lenses: You should refrain from wearing them for 7 days prior to your appointment. For soft lenses, you should have at least 7 days contact lens free, and for hard lenses, please remove for 10 days prior to appointment.

Questions: It is always helpful to arrive with a list of questions you would like to cover while attending your consultation. It is easy to forget when you’re in the room with the consultant.

At your consultation you will meet a specialist optometrist who will carry out a number of measurements on your eyes. This information is used to determine the best procedure and/or lens implant required for your eyes. You optometrist will spend up to an hour carrying out these diagnostic tests, talking you through your options for surgery and answering any questions you may have.

You will also meet your Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon. Your surgeon will receive your diagnostic test results and talk you through options such as the type of lenses available to you, what happens during your procedure and the aftercare. They will also spend time covering the risks and benefits of treatment.

The surgeon you met at your initial consultation will also carry out your procedure.
An invoice will be sent you for outpatient consultation and outpatient treatment charges. For surgical costs you will be contacted by the hospital to pay before the date of your surgery.

We understand that vision correction surgery is not cheap. Read our blog to understand why treatment costs what it costs. 

All of the hospitals we operate in offer interest free loans. For more information at your hospital, contact your patient care representative who will be happy to help.

Whether you are having lens replacement surgery for vision correction or cataract surgery, here’s a guide to choosing the right lenses for you.

Hospitals are doing their best to limit footfall in the hospital due to Covid restrictions. However, this must be balanced with the patient’s ability to give informed consent. If you think you will need to be accompanied for any reason then please contact your patient care representative who will discuss with the hospital.
There is free, adequate parking at all of the hospitals we practice in.

Prior to surgery

If you expected to hear from the hospital and are getting a little anxious about the next steps, please feel free to contact our patient care team. They will be happy to liaise with the hospital on your behalf.
The hospital will carry out a pre-operative assessment prior to any surgical procedure taking place. It allows the hospital to get to know their patients and to ensure they have taken all medical, psychological and physical into consideration so your day of surgery goes smoothly. The assessment is carried out by a pre-operative nurse and is an excellent opportunity to ask any further questions you may have. The nurse will ask you a series of questions about your general health and eye health. It is helpful to have all relevant medical information handy prior to the call such as any medications you take, any previous operations and the dates, and other medical issues/history.
This depends on the hospital you are having treatment in and the type of procedure you are having. Ask your surgeon at consultation or call your patient care representative for more help.
This depends on the hospital you are having treatment in and the type of procedure you are having. Ask your surgeon at consultation or call your patient care representative for more help.
Yes! This is what your patient care rep is there for. Contact our team who will talk you through any concerns you have. It may also be helpful to visit our Trustpilot page and see how other previous patients have found their experience. Most people find this very reassuring.
Try to relax, the thought of eye surgery is far worse than the reality. Remember your patient care team are on hand if you have any last questions or concerns.
You can cancel your surgery at any time up to the date of surgery. There is no obligation to proceed. If you need to cancel your surgery or postpone it, just contact a member of the patient care team who will make all necessary arrangements for you.
You will have been given an admission time to arrive at the hospital. Please leave adequate time to arrive at this time. There is no need to arrive before this time. You should make your way to the reception so the staff can check you in. The reception staff will direct you to the day case lounge where a nurse will check your details. Your surgeon will consent you prior to surgery, run through the plan for your surgery and check if you have any final questions.
You will be given anaesthetic drops to numb your eyes and will then be accompanied to the operating theatre. There will be a comfortable bed to lie on while preparations are made for your procedure. Once your eye is fully anaesthetised the surgeon will make a tiny incision in your eye and will use an ultrasound probe to gently break down the natural lens (cataract and replacement lens surgery). The lens is then removed with a micro-vacuum. The new lens is inserted into the eye. Antibiotic drops will be placed in the eye to prevent infection and a mask is placed over the eye while it heals. The whole procedure should be pain free, although there may be a few fleeting moments of discomfort.
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After surgery

Eyes recover quickly and for most people their post-surgery vision is better than their pre surgery vision within 72 hours. You can drive again as soon as you can read a car number plate at 25 paces. For most people this is 48-72 hours after surgery. Depending on your profession, you will probably need at least three days off work to recover. For manual jobs / or non-office based jobs it may be longer.

It is always a good idea to make your life as easy as possible for the few days preceding surgery. Make up a few meals that you can simply pop in the microwave. Fill the kettle with water ready to be boiled and leave a tea bag in a mug. Make sure you have essential supplies in so you don’t need to go to the shops.
If you have a dog, ask a neighbour to walk him or her for the first 48 hours.
We have a great article on ways to minimise recovery time from cataract surgery, read here

We always want you to contact us if you have any concerns about your eyes. Some symptoms are just side effects of treatment and will fade over time, for others, we would prefer to see you to make sure there is no cause for concern. By this stage in your treatment journey, you will have contact details for your surgeons as well as the patient care team. Please contact whoever you feel most comfortable with so we can advise you of the next steps.
Yes, you will be given instructions of a regime to keep your eyes hydrated and protected while they heal. You will also be given dates for follow up appointments that you will need to attend. This will all be provided in writing so you do not need to worry about remembering anything. If you are worried about retaining the information then we welcome you to bring a friend/relative in to listen with you.
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