Your question: What exactly happens during cataract surgery?

During cataract surgery, the clouded lens is removed, and a clear artificial lens is usually implanted. In some cases, however, a cataract may be removed without implanting an artificial lens. Surgical methods used to remove cataracts include: Using an ultrasound probe to break up the lens for removal.

How painful is cataract surgery?

Cataract surgery is not painful. While patients are awake during surgery, there is little or no discomfort involved. A mild sedative may be administered before the surgery, which calms the nerves, and eye drops are used to numb the eye.

How awake are you during cataract surgery?

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. You will feel cool water flowing over your eye at times, and perhaps a painless touch around the eye or a very light pressure sensation, but no pain.

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Do they take your eye out during cataract surgery?

What happens during cataract surgery? The cloudy lens inside your eye will be removed and replaced with a clear artificial lens during surgery.

How long does cataract surgery take?

Cataract surgery takes 10 to 20 minutes to complete, depending on the severity of the condition. You should also plan to spend up to 30 minutes following the surgery to recover from the effects of the sedative.

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 long is the recovery from cataract surgery?

Your doctor may prescribe eyedrops or other medication to prevent infection, reduce inflammation and control eye pressure. Sometimes, these medications can be injected into the eye at the time of surgery. After a couple of days, most of the discomfort should disappear. Often, complete healing occurs within eight weeks.

Do you have to get undressed for cataract surgery?

You will not be asked to undress prior to your surgery. Please wear clean loose fitting clothing such as a blouse or shirt that can be opened down the front.

What happens if you cough during cataract surgery?

Cough during cataract surgery may cause complications such as choroidal effusion, iris or vitreous prolapse and expulsive haemorrhage.

How long does eye surgery take?

The actual procedure usually takes less than 10 minutes per eye. Depending on your prescription, and the amount of correction needed, the laser itself only takes 20-50 seconds to correct your vision. However, you should plan on being in the office for approximately an hour-and-a-half on your day of surgery.

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Can you go out in the sun after cataract surgery?

You should wear sunglasses outside, but it’s even more important after cataract surgery. Protect your eyes from UV damage and don’t go out unless you have a good pair of sunglasses on!

How do you wash your hair after cataract surgery?

It’s usually considered safe to wash your hair 24 hours after you have cataract surgery. However, you should keep your eyes closed and avoid getting any water or shampoo in your eye, and, it’s advised that you use a mild or baby shampoo. You should also avoid rubbing your eye.

How long do you wear black glasses after cataract surgery?

You reduce your risk of developing them at all. After cataract surgery, your doctor will tell you to wear UV-protecting sunglasses for at least one year, even though your intraocular lens has a special UV coating too.

Why does my eye feel like something is in it after cataract surgery?

Many people complain that they feel like there is sand in the eye or that the eye feels scratchy after surgery. This is a normal sensation caused by the small incision in your eye, and it should heal within a week or so. If you have dry eye, the discomfort may last longer—up to three months.