Frequent question: Are patients put to sleep for cataract surgery?

What kind of anesthesia is used for cataract surgery?

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

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.

Are you awake during cataract eye surgery?

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. You will feel cool water flowing over your eye at times, and perhaps a painless touch around the eye or a very light pressure sensation, but no pain.

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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Can cataract surgery be done 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.

Should I be scared of cataract surgery?

It’s A Safe, Low-Risk Surgery

As far as surgeries go, cataract surgery is very low-risk. A small percentage of patients will experience complications. An even smaller percentage experience serious complications. Almost all risks from cataract surgery are avoidable!

Do you see anything during cataract surgery?

Overall the experience of light and colors seen during cataract surgery is mildly pleasant and in fact should reassure patients that the visual experience is actually somewhat calming and relaxing during cataract surgery.

What holds lens in place after cataract surgery?

IOLs usually consist of a small plastic lens with plastic side struts, called haptics, to hold the lens in place in the capsular bag inside the eye.

Do they give anesthesia for cataract surgery?

Cataract surgery is performed almost exclusively as an outpatient procedure. It usually involves the administration of a local anesthetic in addition to systemic sedation administered by an anesthesiologist or nurse anesthetist.

Is your face covered during cataract surgery?

You are moved to a surgical chair and reclined to a comfortable position. The skin surrounding the eye is sterilized with a solution. It is then covered with what appeared to be a light gray piece of translucent plastic material with a hole around the eye.