Do they use general anesthesia for 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.

Is general anesthesia required for cataract surgery?

On occasion, general anesthesia may be needed. Since cataract surgery performed with topical anesthesia requires patient awareness and cooperation, general anesthesia is usually required for children, patients with developmental delays, and patients with dementia.

Are you fully sedated for cataract surgery?

Only in rare instances will general anesthesia be used during cataract surgery. The vast majority of patients will be conscious during the procedure.

Can you be asleep 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.

Do you feel anything during cataract surgery?

Although you are awake during cataract surgery, you can’t feel anything. This is because you’ll get anesthetic eye drops that numb your eyes. With the eye drops, you won’t feel anything, including pain during the procedure. The most you may feel during cataract surgery is some slight pressure.

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What local Anaesthetic is used 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.

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.

Why are you awake during 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.