Is anesthesia used during 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.

Are you put to sleep during cataract surgery?

The procedure itself usually lasts less than 15 minutes and is virtually painless. 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.

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 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.

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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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.

Can you see anything during cataract surgery?

During cataract surgery

You’ll be awake during surgery, but you won’t be able to see what’s happening in your eye.