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.
Do you have to be put to sleep for cataract surgery?
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. You will be given an oral medication prior to the procedure to help you relax during your surgery.
Are you put under general anesthesia for cataract surgery?
Most cataract surgeries are performed under a local anesthetic. This means that most patients are awake during their 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.
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.
How long does cataract surgery take?
How long does cataract surgery take? The total process, from the time a patient enters the office to when he or she leaves, is about two and a half hours. The procedure itself typically takes less than 20 minutes.
Can you have cataract surgery without sedation?
Cataract surgery with or without intravenous sedation can be a factor in the clinical experience. Moving to sublingual sedation may be the next step in safety and comfort for a demanding patient demographic. Cataract surgery with or without intravenous sedation can be a factor in the clinical experience.