What is cataract surgery like?
Cataract surgery is an outpatient procedure that usually takes about 10 or 15 minutes. You are at the surgical facility for 3 or 4 hours, however, to prepare for the surgery and recover. Be sure to arrange for a ride home afterward because we do use mild IV sedation.
Once in the operating room, you lie on your back and look at a bright light during the procedure. Generally no shots, stitches or patches are required. You are relaxed but can hear everything that is going on during the procedure. Dr. Jay will explain what is happening and where you are supposed to look. It is important that you not move or talk during the procedure - just keep looking at the light. Cataract surgery is not generally painful during the procedure or afterward.
After the surgery, your vision is a bit blurry but improves over the next several hours. There is generally no patch over the eye. You can do just about anything except drive for the rest of the day, but might feel more comfortable just going home and relaxing. The use of eye drops needed after surgery will be explained to you along with your restrictions, which include not lifting anything over 30 pounds, pushing on the eye or swimming for two weeks after surgery.
We see you in the office the day after surgery.
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