How much will treatment cost?
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Where will I be seen and operated on?
All our ophthalmology appointments and procedures take place at the Shawfair Park Hospital.
I don't have private medical insurance, can I still be treated?
You are very welcome to visit the hospital as a self-paying patient. As a patient of Spire Edinburgh hospitals, you can pay for a one-off treatment the same way you would make any other purchase or use private medical insurance if your procedure is elligible.
How do I arrange an appointment?
Contact your GP or Optician and ask them to refer you to us. We will then contact you by letter to arrange an appointment for you. This is usually within 7 to 10 days of your referral reaching us.
How do I choose a consultant?
You can look at their profiles on our website and give your GP the name of the consultant you would like to see. Alternatively you can ask your GP to send an open referral to us and we will arrange for you to see the most suitable consultant who is available soonest.
All of our ophthalmology specialists except Dr Kerr offer the cataract procedure. Mr Ross is currently the only specialist offering the premium lens vision correction procedure.
Can I have both eyes operated on at once?
It is generally recommended that each eye is operated on individually but some procedures can be operated on at the same time. Your consultants will advise you on what is appropriate for you.
After my appointment how long will it be before my operation takes place?
Your consultant will discuss exact dates with you but generally you can expect your procedure to take place around 2 to 3 weeks after your appointment. If both eyes are being operated on then your second procedure normally follows around 2 weeks afterwards. You can of course wait longer if you prefer, there is no obligation to undergo treatment following an initial consultation.
What should I expect within the first 24 hours of eyelid surgery?
As the local anaesthetic wears off, you will find that your lids begin to close more easily. There may be a little bleeding from the wound and you will notice some swelling and discomfort.
My eyes feel gritty / sore following eyelid surgery, what should I do?
If your eye feels gritty or sore it is most probably due to dryness. The treatment is to put plenty of ointment into the eye to soothe the surface. Symptoms usually settle within 24 hours. If you are concerned, contact the nurse-in-charge.
Can I drive to and from my eye outpatient appointment?
This depends on the nature of your problem. If you have a visual problem and this is your first visit it is highly likely your consultant will want to dilate you pupils with drops; you will very likely be unable to drive for at least a couple of hours after that. If you have been referred with a cysts or other small skin lesion on your eye or eyelids you may well be offered treatment, under local anaesthetic, on the same day. You would most likely not be fit to drive following that. It would be best, in these situations, not to drive yourself. Travelling by public transport would be best avoided also.