Eye Surgery Types

When people are asked which of the five senses would be the most difficult one to lose, most people instinctively think of how difficult it would be to lose their sight.  We use our eyes for so many different reasons and a life of darkness is a frightening thought for most people.  There are many reasons why a person would be in danger of losing their sight and the treatment for different conditions are varied and range from medications to various eye surgery types.

Eye Surgery Types

What are the Eye Surgery Types

When an operation is offered to a patient to correct vision, the type of treatment offered will be dependent on that patient’s diagnosis, their general health and the potential for a good result post operatively.  An individual may approach an ophthalmologist seeking assistance for eye problems when they first notice a problem or they may wait until the condition has progressed.  Most surgical intervention involves operating on the eye for the following reasons

  • To remove cataracts
  • To correct vision problems such as long sightedness or short sightedness
  • To treat glaucoma
  • Cosmetic surgery to correct problems such as “drooping eye lids” or to reconstruct the eye if the patient has been involved in an accident or other serious incident.
  • To correct problems to the eyes tear ducts and other auxiliary areas that may interfere with sight.
  • To remove the eye.

The General Procedures Associated with the Eye Surgery Types

Depending on the type of surgery required, procedures may be carried out under local anaesthetic by a specialist who often works from an operating room in their surgery.  The exception to this is a patient who is very anxious about the operation or if the patients are children.  Patients who have some excessive head or eye injuries in an accident may also have a general anaesthetic.  These surgical procedures are carried out in a hospital operating room with assistance from an anaesthetist and post- operative care provided by medical and nursing staff.
During the procedure, local anaesthetic gel is applied to the eye to desensitise and numb the area.  Depending on the operation required surgery then progresses.  Some surgery will require an actual incision and stitches following the operation, other type of surgery involve laser therapy, a form of treatment that requires no incision.

The ophthalmologist will discuss treatment options with a patient at the time of diagnosis and will discuss the success rates associated with the offered treatments.  In most cases these will prove to be excellent and for many people a permanent remedy for their failing vision.

Cost of Eye Surgery Types

Many people are concerned about the potential costs of the operations and treatments.  The actual cost of the procedures will depend on the type of operation required and who will be performing it.

  • Some procedures can be carried out under NHS if the prognosis is a loss of vision without the surgery.  This includes conditions such as diabetic retinopathy.  Some clinics operate in NHS facilities but a fee is charged if the treatment is not covered by NHS.
  • Cosmetic eye surgery is not usually covered by NHS.  Practices such as the Landauer Cosmetic eye surgery group can provide costs on application.  Prices start from approximately £350 and finance is available to assist costs in many practices.  Some practices require a cash deposit before they will complete the surgery.

The type of surgical intervention required for different eye problems and the cost of the surgery can be discussed with the ophthalmologist at the time of diagnosis.