What position is a person in during cataract surgery?
A standard reclining operating chair and operating microscope are used. Patients are seated instead of lying down, with the chair back elevated 30 to 80 degrees above the horizontal and the operating microscope rotated 45 to 60 degrees to vertical. The surgeon is seated or standing, facing the patient.
How do they hold your eye open during cataract surgery?
The eyelids are kept open by a small clip, so you will not be able to blink. Very few patients actually make any movement and a cough should cause no difficulty although if you can it is best to warn me that you want to do it. A cover will be placed on your eye to protect it at the end of the operation.
Do they cover your face 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.
How awake are you during cataract surgery?
The procedure itself usually lasts less than fifteen 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 your surgeon to communicate with you during your procedure.
Do you lay on your back during cataract surgery?
By sleeping on your back or the opposite side, you may be able to decrease your risk of infection after surgery. However, the eye shield can provide a back up protection for those who are unable to avoid sleeping on a certain side.
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.
Is your eye numb 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.
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 if I sneeze during cataract surgery?
Nothing untoward will happen if you sneeze during treatment. In fact, in the 15,000 procedures Mr David Allamby has performed, nobody has ever sneezed! Perhaps we are able to suppress our sneeze reflex when we know we have to. However, even if you were to sneeze it would not affect the result.
Do you have to get undressed for cataract surgery?
You will not be asked to undress prior to your surgery. Please wear clean loose fitting clothing such as a blouse or shirt that can be opened down the front.
Do eyes look different after cataract surgery?
Your vision may be blurry at first as your eye heals and adjusts. Colors may seem brighter after your surgery because you are looking through a new, clear lens. A cataract is usually yellow- or brown-tinted before surgery, muting the look of colors.