Do they sedate you for cataract surgery?

medication is given so that you are essentially asleep through the procedure. You may be awake or asleep during the surgery depending upon the amount of sedation given, but you will not be uncomfortable. There is no pain during cataract surgery.

What kind of sedation is used in cataract surgery?

IV fentanyl and midazolam are the two topical medications we use most frequently for the sedation of patients undergoing cataract surgery. In most cases, these two medications work well together.

Do you feel anything during cataract surgery?

During cataract surgery

During surgery, we use a local anesthetic to numb your eye so you won’t feel anything during the procedure. You’ll be awake during surgery, but you won’t be able to see what’s happening in your eye.

Are you sitting or lying down during cataract surgery?

The standard position for patients having cataract surgery is the supine position: the patients lie flat on their backs to face the operating microscope overhead.

How do they sedate you for cataract surgery?

The local anesthesia may be accomplished in one of two ways: either an injection of anesthetic around the eye or anesthetic eye drops placed on the eye, often combined with an injection of a small amount of anesthetic into the front of the eye at the very beginning of surgery.

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What happens if you blink during cataract surgery?

The eye drops act as an anesthetic. As you blink, the drops spread over your eye, numbing the surface. This allows you to feel no pain or discomfort during the surgery. When the eye is completely numb, an instrument will be used to hold your eye open while the procedure is completed.

Should I be afraid of cataract surgery?

It’s A Safe, Low-Risk Surgery

As far as surgeries go, cataract surgery is very low-risk. A small percentage of patients will experience complications. An even smaller percentage experience serious complications. Almost all risks from cataract surgery are avoidable!

Do your eyes hurt when you have cataracts?

As for pain, cataracts generally do not hurt, other than some sensitivity to light and glare. As cataracts develop, you may start experiencing other symptoms like inflammation and headaches. Keep reading to learn more about cataracts!

How many days rest is needed after cataract surgery?

Most people are able to return to work or their normal routine in 1 to 3 days. After your eye heals, you may still need to wear glasses, especially for reading. This care sheet gives you a general idea about how long it will take for you to recover.

How soon can I drive after cataract surgery?

Most patients are able to resume driving 24 hours after cataract surgery. However, this completely depends on the individual patient. The day after your surgery, you will return to your surgeon’s office for a follow-up appointment.