Cataract Surgery

As a Fellowship-trained ophthalmologist in cataract surgery, Dr Ioannides has extensive experience dealing with cataracts. He performs micro-incision cataract surgery (MICS) using a technique called phacoemulsification through a tiny incision that only measures 0.2 cm and requires no sutures.

Dr Ioannides has performed over 1,000 cataract operations, mostly high risk and complex procedures. He supervised and taught cataract surgery to ophthalmology residents during his Fellowship at Manchester University Hospitals in 2011 and 2012.

What does the pre-operative cataract assessment consist of?
Dr Ioannides will review your medical history and visual symptoms, assess the cataract using a microscope, perform a detailed examination of your eyes, and take several measurements of your eyes using specialised equipment including biometry with the IOL Master and corneal topography with the Pentacam. Dr Ioannides also utilises computerised outcomes analysis to optimise lens implant (IOL) selection and track all results. The information gathered during the pre-operative assessment will be used to formulate a surgical plan and to calculate the strength of the lens implant (IOL) to be placed in your eye during the cataract procedure. These specialised measurements are also helpful when considering a latest generation IOL (e.g. multifocal, toric). These IOLs not only could improve your vision but could also minimise or eliminate the need for glasses following the cataract operation. At the clinic, Dr Ioannides will discuss in detail all options with you. You will have plenty of time to ask any questions or raise any concerns you have. The pre-operative cataract assessment lasts for more than 1 hour.

What happens on the day of surgery?
The operation takes place at Ygia Polyclinic in Limassol which is less than 2 minutes walk from Dr Ioannides Laser Eye Clinic. At Ygia Polyclinic you will be greeted by a member of the nursing team as well as Dr Ioannides who will be performing the operation. You will be asked to lie on your back and drops will be used on the surface of the eye so that there is no pain during the procedure. You will be fully awake and Dr Ioannides will make sure that you are comfortable. He will be talking to you and guiding you throughout the operation that lasts for about 15 minutes. The cataract will be replaced by a new, clear lens implant (IOL) via a tiny incision. Following the procedure you will be reminded of the “dos and don’ts”, arrange a post-operative visit with Dr Ioannides, and be discharged home on the same day.