What anesthesia is used during cataract surgery?

The majority of cataract surgeries performed in the U.S. are done with a local anesthetic and IV sedation.

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 they give you general anesthesia for cataract surgery?

Typically, patients are awake during 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. You will be given an oral medication prior to the procedure to help you relax during your surgery.

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 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.

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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.

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.

What if I sneeze during cataract surgery?

If you sneeze, move or blink during the treatment, the laser tracks your eye over one thousand times per second and adjusts the laser to make certain the laser is applied to exactly the right place. So, there is no reason to worry if you sneeze during LASIK.