Do you need local anaesthetic for cataract surgery?

What type of anesthesia is used for cataract surgery?

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

Can cataracts be removed without anesthesia?

Without any anesthesia, naturally, the incision is much more critical than in routine cataract surgery under topical (retrobulbar, parabulbar or surface anesthesia) or even general anesthesia. The entire procedure is only possible if neither the sclera nor the conjunctiva are touched.

Do you get put to sleep 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.

Is the injection for cataract surgery painful?

A local anaesthetic is a drug that stops you feeling pain. For eye surgery, it can be given as eye drops and/or injections. After you have the local anaesthetic you will still be awake and aware of what is happening to you. The aim is that you feel no pain during the operation.

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.

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What happens if you blink during cataract surgery?

The eye drops act as an anesthetic. As you blink, the drops spread over your eye, numbing the surface. This allows you to feel no pain or discomfort during the surgery. When the eye is completely numb, an instrument will be used to hold your eye open while the procedure is completed.