Is cataract surgery done under general anesthesia?

What type of 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.

Can you have cataract surgery under general Anaesthetic?

Please note: General anaesthesia is rarely used for cataract surgery and is only offered for cataract operations taking place at the John Radcliffe Hospital. If you feel you would prefer to have a general anaesthetic, you should discuss this at your Pre-operative Assessment.

Do they knock you out for cataract surgery?

Yes, typically you are awake during cataract surgery. This eliminates risks associated with general anesthesia (being “put to sleep”) and enables your cataract surgeon to communicate with you during your procedure.

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.

Can you be put to sleep during 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.

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How long does a cataract operation take to do?

Cataract surgery is a straightforward procedure that usually takes 30 to 45 minutes. It’s often carried out as day surgery under local anaesthetic and you should be able to go home on the same day.

Can you see 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.