What to Expect at Cataract Surgery

What to Expect at Cataract Surgery

Having your vision cleared? Here’s what to expect when you undergo the procedure.

Cataract surgery is a common thing to have done. Like any surgery, there can be complications but most often, it’s a seamless procedure that’s easy to undergo and to recover from.

So, what will happen the day-of? You may have surgery in a hospital setting, but more often it’s performed as an outpatient procedure, at a clinic.

It takes an hour or less to complete and requires some preparation time beforehand, as well as time for recovery.

Once the doctor sees you, eye drops will be placed in your eye to dilate your pupil. Local anesthetic will be used to numb that area of your eye and face, and you might be given a sedative to relax, which can make you feel sleepy, throughout the surgery.


Using either an ultrasound probe, an advanced laser technique, or an incision in the eye, your doctor will remove the cataract using easy, fast techniques. In most cases, they will implant a clear, artificial lens in your eye, to replace it.

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The ultrasound procedure involves making an incision in the front of your eye, and inserting a very thin probe.With the probe, the surgeon uses ultrasound waves to break up the cataract into pieces.

Using the laser technique, light is used to soften the cataract so that it can be removed.

The least common way of removing your cataract is by using surgical tools to make an incision in the eye and remove the front capsule of the lens. Your doctor will choose what’s best for you…and then, it’s done!

It takes some time to recover of course, but you should be healed completely within 2 months. By this point, you’ll be enjoying clearer vision and a brighter day.

For more information on having cataract surgery, click here.

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