Do they put stitches in your eye after cataract surgery?

Will I have stitches in my eye following the operation? Modern cataract surgery does not routinely require stitches, as it is a keyhole procedure and the main incision is about 2 mm in length. The intraocular lens is inserted via a thin cartridge and is designed to unfold once it has been placed inside the eye.

How long do stitches stay in after cataract surgery?

Usually no stitches are required at the end of the operation. If it has been necessary to use a stitch, it will usually dissolve in 4 to 6 weeks if a dissolvable stitch has been used.

Where are the stitches for cataract surgery?

Some prefer a suture which approximates only the conjunctival edges; some anchor a small conjunctival flap down to the episcleral tissue, while others actually approximate the severed edges of the cornea and the sclera at the limbus by means of one or more sutures of the single or of the double mattress type.

What do they put in your eye after cataract surgery?

The cloudy lens inside your eye will be removed and replaced with a clear artificial lens during surgery. This device is called an intraocular lens, or IOL for short. An IOL helps restore the clear vision you had before cataracts developed.

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How long does it take for a stitch in the eye to dissolve?

The lining (conjunctival) stitches will dissolve in 7-10 days after the operation. Sometimes these feel a bit uncomfortable as they loosen and disappear. If this happens, use more ointment. After two weeks, use the ointment 2 times a day (morning and night).

What is the fastest way to recover from cataract surgery?


  1. use your eye drops as instructed.
  2. take it easy for the first 2 to 3 days.
  3. use your eye shield at night for at least a week.
  4. take painkillers if you need to.
  5. bathe or shower yourself as usual.
  6. wear your eye shield when washing your hair.
  7. read, watch TV and use a computer.
  8. use your shield, old glasses or sunglasses outdoors.