Where do they enter the eye for cataract surgery?

Cataract extraction (ex-TRACK-shun) is a surgery to remove the cloudy lens from the eye. The surgeon makes a small incision (cut) on the surface of the eye near the clear part of the eye called the cornea. A small instrument is inserted into the incision and the cloudy lens material is removed from the eye.


Where do they inject for cataract surgery?

In this procedure, the pain-numbing medicine is injected into the retrobulbar area, the space behind the eye globe.

How do they cut the eye for cataract surgery?

Your surgeon will make a tiny cut in the front of your eye, sometimes with the help of a laser. Through this, they'll put in a small tool to break up the cataract and gently suction it out. Next, they'll put in the new lens, which is made of plastic, silicone, or acrylic, and close the cut.


How big is the lens they put in your eye after cataract surgery?

The Implant

An intraocular lens implant, or IOL, is made of a clear plastic, and it's about a third the size of a dime. There are several different types: Monofocal IOL: This is the most common. Unlike your natural lens, which can stretch or bend to help your eye focus, this implant stays focused at one fixed distance.

What holds the 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.


Cataract Surgery



Do they put a needle in your eye for cataract surgery?

Going into the Operating Theatre

A needle may be placed into a vein in your hand. Anaesthetic eye drops are given to numb the eye before the operation takes place. Some patients will also have an injection of local anaesthetic into the tissues around the eye to reduce the amount of eye movement.

What happens if you blink during a cataract operation?

Cataract surgery patients often worry about what may happen if they blink during the procedure. Although this is an understandable concern, there is no need to worry. You will be given an oral medication prior to the procedure to help you relax during your surgery.

How long do you wear eye shield at night after cataract surgery?

take it easy for the first 2 to 3 days. use your eye shield at night for at least a week. take painkillers if you need to. bathe or shower yourself as usual.


How long does it take the incision to heal from cataract surgery?

Often, complete healing occurs within eight weeks. Contact your doctor immediately if you experience any of the following: Vision loss. Pain that persists despite the use of over-the-counter pain medications.

How long do I need to wear dark glasses outside after cataract surgery?

After cataract surgery, your doctor will tell you to wear UV-protecting sunglasses for at least one year, even though your intraocular lens has a special UV coating too.

How painful is cataract operation?

Cataract surgery is not painful. While patients are awake during surgery, there is little or no discomfort involved. A mild sedative may be administered before the surgery, which calms the nerves, and eye drops are used to numb the eye.


Do you take all your clothes off for cataract surgery?

To save time and ease the stress of surgery, we don't ask cataract patients to remove their clothing before surgery. Instead, we instruct them to wear a loose-fitting top so that we can easily attach monitor leads and place a hospital gown on top of their clothes.

Are nerves cut during cataract surgery?

After cataract surgery, almost all patients experience some level of dryness in the eye. A small number of nerves on the surface of your eye get cut when your surgeon makes the incisions necessary to reach your lens. These nerves are part of the feedback loop that tell your eye to produce tears for lubrication.

Do you need someone to stay with you after cataract surgery?

Immediately after cataract surgery

You will need to have a family member or friend with you to take you home. Once you get home, it is recommended that you rest your eyes and nap. Several hours post-surgery, most people are able to watch some television or look at a computer screen for a short period of time.


How long does it take for eyes to feel normal after cataract surgery?

Your eye will feel normal again 24 hours after surgery. However, your sensitivity to light may persist for a few more days. It will take four to six weeks for your eye to fully heal.

Can I watch TV after cataract surgery?

Several hours following the surgery, most patients are able to watch some television or look at a computer screen for a short period of time. It's important however that you don't over-exert your eyes during the first 24 hours post-surgery. You can expect to return to most normal activities during the first week.

Do I need to wear dark glasses indoors after cataract surgery?

Wear sunglasses outdoors for one week after surgery. It is optional to wear them indoors.


How many days after cataract surgery can you wash your face?

You can resume activities such as washing your face the day after surgery, as long as you are careful to not touch the eye. You shouldn't splash water directly on your face and instead, use a washcloth to carefully clean.

What do they give you to relax before cataract surgery?

In the preoperative area, the nursing staff will prepare your eye for surgery with a combination of dilating, antiseptic, and anesthetic eye drops. You will usually be offered a Valium pill to take by mouth to reduce your anxiety in the pre-op area.

Why can you not eat before cataract surgery?

Don't: Eat or Drink Right Before the Surgery

While under sedation, there is a chance of stomach acid going into your lungs, which can cause damage. You will need to fast for about 12 hours before surgery to ensure you are safe from this effect.


Do you wear your shoes during cataract surgery?

Wear low heel shoes. Please leave jewelry and other valuables at home. You will have your own locker, but the Surgery Center cannot be held liable for loss or damage of any personal property.

Does it hurt to get a needle in your eye?

Patients typically experience little to no pain during an eye injection. The thought of receiving an injection in the eye can be quite intimidating to patients.

What does a needle in the eye feel like?

You may feel a few sensations in the eye such as pressure and grittiness, but there should not be pain. There may be a little bleeding on the white of the eye. This is normal and will go away. You may see eye floaters in your vision.


What is the scariest complications of cataract surgery?

If there is progression to pain, decrease in vision, or any discharge from the eye, patients are advised to seek medical attention. A long-term consequence of cataract surgery is posterior capsular opacification (PCO). PCO is the most common complication of cataract surgery.

Why are patients awake during cataract surgery?

The procedure itself usually lasts less than 15 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 Our Doctors to communicate with you during your procedure.