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Relax. Here’s everything you want to know.


On the day of surgery, your anaesthetist will review your medical history and discuss the planned anaesthesia method with you. Also, the anaesthetist will obtain written consent from you for your anaesthesia. 

Types of anaesthesia


Local or Topical Anaesthesia

Unlike general anaesthesia, local or topical anaesthesia means you will be awake for your eye surgery. A light meal (e.g.  tea and toast - no fatty foods) may be eaten up to 2 hours before admission time.

Cataract surgery is usually performed under a local anaesthetic with an anaesthetist present. The local anaesthetic is put behind the eye to numb the whole eye. 

Alternatively, cataract surgery can be performed under topical anaesthesia. This is where the surface of the eye is numbed with drops and /or local anaesthetic gel. 

An intravenous line (I.V) may be placed as a precaution before the surgery and you may be offered intravenous sedation if you are anxious.


General or Heavy I.V Sedation Anaesthesia

 With general anaesthesia, food or fluids are only allowed up to 6 hours prior to your admission time.

With heavy I.V sedation, food is allowed up to 6 hours pre-operatively; clear fluids are allowed up to 3 hours prior to admission time.

The pre admission nurse will ring one to two days prior to your surgery to clarify your surgery requirements and answer any questions you may have.