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Cataract Surgery- What to Expect?



This surgery is used to remove a cataract. During the procedure, the cloudy lens in your eye is replaced with an artificial lens that will let you see clearly. This procedure is sometimes called “no-needle, no-stitch” cataract surgery. It’s quick, painless, and you can go home the same day.

When do you need cataract surgery?

Cataracts can be age-related and may occur from the age of 40 and up. Generally visual impairment from age-related cataracts can occur over the age of 60. Cataracts can also form from diseases such as diabetes, through injury or surgery, and even from prolonged exposure to sunlight. If you are experiencing symptoms such as blurred vision, halos or difficulty seeing at night, then it may be time to visit your eye care specialist who will access whether you have cataracts and if you require surgery.

How long does cataract surgery take?

Simple cataract removal can be as short as 10 minutes. However, the procedure may take anywhere from 30-60 minutes as patients need to recover from sedation or anesthesia. Cataract operations are out-patient procedures and patients may go home the same day.

Is cataract surgery painful?

Cataracts are rarely painful. Patients may feel some discomfort and pressure in the eye. Your doctor will prescribe eye drops for the first week following surgery.

How long can you drive after cataract surgery?

Generally patients may drive 24 hours after cataract surgery with full recovery from anesthesia.

How long does it take to recover?

Overall recovery of cataract surgery is typically one week. Be careful not to lift heavy things or getting water directly in the eye for one week. The visual recovery is very quick, most patients see well a day or two after surgery.

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