Everything you need to know

Cataract consultation

The first step in your Vision Scotland journey is the consultation. This will take around an hour to complete. You will have all the time needed to fully understand your health and vision, get answers to your questions and help overcome any fears or concerns. 

Everything you need to know

Your consultation

This is a really important part of the process. To us, every patient is unique and needs assessing as an individual. Your initial consultation should take around 90 minutes in total, but we’ll take all the time needed to fully understand your health and vision, answer any questions you have and help you overcome any fears and concerns.
Eleanor, Optometrist at Vision Scotland

Preparing for your Vision Scotland consultation

Prior to your first visit, please take a break from contact lens use. This break allows the surface of your eye to return to its natural curvature and allows your optometrist to more accurately measure your eyes. Take a one week break for soft lenses and two weeks for hard / gas permeable lenses. If you have recent optician reports, please bring them with you. Arrange for someone to drive you home. Eye dilating drops that are used during this appointment will make it unsafe to drive.

What happens during your consultation with Vision Scotland

During your assessment you will complete a questionnaire (with our assistance), undergo a series of painless non-invasive tests, and an examination of the front and back of your eye. We will usually put drops in your eyes to dilate your pupils. These will make you sensitive to light for several hours so you are advised not to drive yourself home.

You will also be counselled about the best options for your treatment. The biggest decision you will make will probably be the type of lens you choose.

Your final stage of assessment will be to meet your Vision Scotland surgeon to discuss your care plan and the cost.

You will also see Vision Scotland’s facilities and meet the support team, learn more about pricing and finance information, understand the benefits and the risks of surgery.

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Mr Ross discusses cataract surgery
Vision Scotland Optometrist, John

Vision Scotland's Optometrists

One of Vision Scotland’s experienced optometrists will carry out a range of tests to decide which type of cataract surgery is right for you. The tests are non-invasive and totally painless. This information allows your Vision Scotland surgeon determine the best course of action for you. 

Vision Scotland's Surgeons

You will meet your surgeon. Feel free to ask as many questions as you like. Remember there are no silly questions – if there’s something on your mind, just ask. If you decide to go ahead, you can book your surgery straight away. Or you can take time to consider your options and let us know when you are ready.

Mr Sanjay Mantry looking happy after cataract surgery at Vision Scotland

Meet the surgeons

Meet the optometrists

Meet the care team

Download a Vision Scotland brochure about cataract surgery