Is cataract surgery a day procedure?

Cataract surgery is a straightforward procedure that usually takes 30 to 45 minutes. It’s often carried out as day surgery under local anaesthetic and you should be able to go home on the same day.

Is cataract surgery done in one day?

Cataract surgery, usually an outpatient procedure, takes an hour or less to perform. First, your doctor will place eyedrops in your eye to dilate your pupil. You’ll receive local anesthetics to numb the area, and you may be given a sedative to help you relax.

How long do you stay in hospital after cataract surgery?

You’ll be at the hospital for no more than four hours. Cataract surgery can be performed using eye drops to numb the area, or under a local anaesthetic. If you have surgery with eye drops only, you will need to wear a transparent shield over your eye until you get home.

Is cataract surgery overnight?

Cataract surgery is an outpatient procedure and does not require an overnight stay. You should not drive until your vision has returned to normal so you will need someone to take you home. For a few weeks after the operation, you will need to avoid rubbing your eye and strenuous activity.

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How long does a routine cataract surgery take?

The actual cataract removal only takes a few minutes. The entire procedure often takes less than 20 to 30 minutes.

Can both eyes have cataract surgery on the same day?

It is true that same-day bilateral cataract surgery can be a more attractive option to a patient. Patients can have both of their eyes taken care of in the same setting, and it saves them time and office visits. Some surgeons promote this in their practice for their premium IOL procedures.

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 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.

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 bend after cataract surgery?

You should not bend over after cataract surgery for at least 2 weeks. Bending over will place pressure on the eye and this may cause unnecessary complications to your eye. The main complication will be a delay in the healing process.

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What time of year is best for cataract surgery?

Springtime will look better than ever.

One of the best reasons for scheduling your cataract surgery for wintertime is so that your eyes will be healed and seeing clearly in time for all the natural beauty and outdoor activity that comes with warmer weather.

How do you shower after cataract surgery?

You can take a shower or bath 24 hours after your surgery. Do not get water or soap in your eye. Keep your eye closed while you shower. Use a clean washcloth every time and normal tap water to clean secretions from your lashes or the corner of your eye.

What is the fastest way to recover from cataract surgery?

Do:

  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.