How long does cataract surgery take for both eyes?
What Happens In Cataract Surgery? Patients spend about 2-4 hours in pre-op and surgery and another 2 hours or so resting afterward—mostly sleeping off the light medication that kept them calm during the procedure.
Which eye should be done first in cataract surgery?
If there is a cataract in each of your eyes, typically cataract surgery is performed on your non-dominant eye first followed by your dominant eye 1-2 weeks later. The time between the two cataract surgeries is in case infection or complications occur.
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.
How many days rest is needed after cataract surgery?
Most people are able to return to work or their normal routine in 1 to 3 days. After your eye heals, you may still need to wear glasses, especially for reading. This care sheet gives you a general idea about how long it will take for you to recover.
What happens if only one eye needs cataract surgery?
If you have cataract in both eyes but only have surgery in one eye, your eyes won’t be able to work together when you wear cataract glasses after surgery. The glasses lens for your operated eye makes things appear larger while your other eye will view images as they truly are.
How do they keep eye open during cataract surgery?
An eye holder gently keeps the lid open during the procedure to prevent blinking. Although this may sound alarming, usually there is little to no sensation from the lid holder since the eye has been numbed prior to its use.
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.
How long does a cataract operation take?
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.