Most cataract surgeries are performed under a local anesthetic. This means that most patients are awake during their cataract surgery. This eliminates risks associated with general anesthesia (where you are “put to sleep”) and enables Our Doctors to communicate with you during your procedure.
Can you request to be put to sleep 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.
Can I have a general anaesthetic for cataract surgery?
Please note: General anaesthesia is rarely used for cataract surgery and is only offered for cataract operations taking place at the John Radcliffe Hospital. If you feel you would prefer to have a general anaesthetic, you should discuss this at your Pre-operative Assessment.
What kind of sedation is used for 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.
How is local Anaesthetic administered for cataract surgery?
Doctors use eye drops containing a numbing medicine (local anaesthetic) to stop the nerves in your eye sending pain signals to your brain during the operation. Sometimes, in addition to anaesthetic eye drops, lidocaine (a type of local anaesthetic) may be injected inside 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.
Can you have a general anaesthetic for eye surgery?
WHAT KINDS OF ANESTHESIA ARE AVAILABLE FOR ADULTS HAVING EYE SURGERY? Eye muscle surgery requires either general anesthesia or local anesthesia to provide adequate pain control. General anesthesia, which puts the whole body “to sleep” and eliminates the possibility of movement, is commonly used.
How long is the recovery time for cataract surgery?
The recovery time for cataract surgery is short. Any soreness and discomfort should disappear within a couple of days. However, depending on the nature and size of your cataracts, and your physiology and ability and heal, full recovery could take anything from four weeks to six weeks.
How long does a cataract procedure take?
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.
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.
Is cataract injection painful?
Is cataract surgery painful? No, cataract surgery isn’t painful! Thanks to the numbing eye drops applied to the surface of the eye before the procedure, you won’t feel any pain. These drops will wear off a few hours after cataract surgery.
Can I have cataract surgery if I am claustrophobic?
Cataract surgery is usually a quick and painless procedure, and in most instances you will stay awake during the surgery and be under “twilight anesthesia”. If you have claustrophobia or will be unable to stay still during the cataract surgery, you may need to be asleep during the case.