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From the first moment to the follow-up assessments

Prior to cataract treatment, the first important step is a thorough assessment in combination with a consultation with your specialist.

Register for assessment online within one minute, and our professional consultants will contact you on the phone to make an appointment for assessment.

For a successful assessment you should follow a few instructions.

  • During the assessment your pupils will be dilated making your vision blurred for a while. Driving is not recommended during this period; therefore, you should have an accompanying person to take you to us and back home after the assessment.
  • Do not use any make-up, perfume, cosmetics, and wear convenient clothing and shoes on the assessment day.
  • Inform yourself on our website about solutions for cataract and exact price of examinations and treatments.
  • Prepare questions which you wish to discuss with our consulting assistants and your specialist.

Take the following documents with you to the agreed appointment: personal identification card, residence card, social security card, former ophthalmological reports, other medical documents, actual glasses, contact lenses, and their data.

Please arrive on the agreed time on the assessment day. You can expect a stay of about one to one and a half hours, including recording required data, detailed assessment, consultation with medical professionals and consulting assistants, and preparing the necessary documents.

It is important that you will give the prepared documents to our consulting assistants and inform your assessing physician exactly about your actual diseases, previous health problems and regularly taken medicines.

In order to determine your eligibility for surgery and check the overall health condition of your eyes, your specialist will perform the following tests:

  • Visual acuity assessment
  • Eye pressure measurement
  • Fundus assessment (with pupil dilation)

An important part of the assessment is the personalised planning of the artificial lens to be implanted, which is carried out with special equipment.

Following assessment, your physician will inform you about possible surgical procedures, the type of the recommended artificial lens, expected results of the surgery, and possible risks. You can choose an appointment for surgery with the help of our consulting assistants immediately after the assessment.

Please arrive on the agreed time on the treatment day. You can expect a stay of about four hours, including checking required data, specialist examination before the treatment, preparation of the treatment, surgery in the operating theatre, short recovery after therapy, specialist assessment before discharge home, preparation of required documentation, and counselling before discharge home.

For a successful eye surgery you should follow a few important instructions.

  • Do not wear any soft contact lenses for 4 days, or semi-rigid or rigid contact lenses for 4 weeks prior to the agreed time of the surgery.
  • Do not use any make-up, perfume, cosmetics, and wear convenient clothing and shoes on the treatment day.
  • Do not consume any alcohol, do not take any sedatives or other product affecting the nervous system, and avoid hangover.
  • Regularly administered medicines may be taken as usual, and take your medicines for the day also with you.
  • Have a light breakfast on the treatment day.
  • Have an accompanying person to take you to us and back home after surgery.
  • You must not drive for 24 hours after surgery.

A repeated specialist assessment will be performed prior to treatment to look for possible changes which have evolved since the previous assessment and may contraindicate the treatment, and the accuracy of the planned treatment will be checked again.

Agitation before surgery may be relieved with mild medication. The operating physician will discuss the method of anaesthesia in advance with you. Prior to surgery, you will receive pupil dilating drops. You will receive protective clothing, overshoes and a cap covering your hair prior to going into the operating theatre.

Surgery takes normally 15 to 20 minutes but in some cases it may require as long as 45 minutes. During surgery, the lens core is removed through a small opening and the previously chosen artificial lens is implanted to its place. The few millimetres long surgical wound closes itself and usually does not require any sutures. At the end of operation, a bandage will be applied to your eyes for protection.

You will spend one hour after surgery in a quiet recovery room. Before discharge, another control examination is performed.

Our colleagues will inform you in detail about what to do after therapy and required follow-up assessments. After receiving your discharge letter you may depart for home with your companion.

It is important to attend follow-up assessments to enable our physicians to follow the undisturbed healing of your eyes and continuously check your vision quality in order to achieve the best result. For all interventions, the first follow-up assessment is due within 24 hours. Therefore, you have to visit us again on the next day after surgery.

After the 24-hour follow-up you should attend follow-ups at 1 week and 6 weeks.

Complete recovery after surgery may even take several weeks. During this period you eye requires increased attention. Smaller inconvenient, stinging feelings, changed colours, moving blurs and mild discharge may occur. The ‘feeling’ of the eye will become more pleasant and comfortable day by day, and your vision will gradually improve.

For an undisturbed recovery you should follow a few important instructions.

  • In case of pain, rapid vision loss and strong photosensitivity visit your specialist immediately!
  • Administer prescribed eye drops as instructed by the physician and only for the operated eye. The daily dose should be administered evenly distributed throughout the day. Keep at least 5 to 10 minutes interval between different drops.
  • Attend follow-ups as instructed by your physician.
  • You must not rub or press your eye after surgery. Avoid physical exercise, dusty places and going to swimming pool.
  • You are advised to drive only after a few days’ adaptation period. Reading and watching television are allowed; however, if the increased amount of light disturbs your eye, you should wear sunglasses.
  • Depending on the type of the implanted artificial lens, you may require glasses.
  • This should be prescribed on week 6 or later after surgery as the refraction of the eye may change until then. If glasses are prescribed too soon you will not be able to use them later.
  • If you require cataract surgery also for the other eye, it is advisable to wait for the complete recovery of the firstly operated eye, i.e. about 1 month.

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This project is funded by the European Union and the Hungarian Government. (GINOP1.3.2-15-2018-00039)