- Cataract Surgery
- After Cataract Surgery
What Happens During Surgery?
When you arrive on the day of your procedure, the surgery center staff will check you in and help you get ready.
Although you are awake during cataract surgery, you may be asked to rest in a hospital-style bed. You will be given oral and/or IV medicine at the surgery center prior to your procedure to help you relax and prevent any discomfort during your surgery.
In modern cataract surgery, the cloudy lens inside your eye will be removed using a high-frequency ultrasound device that breaks it up into small pieces that are then gently removed with suction. This is called phacoemulsification.
After all remnants of the cloudy lens have been removed, the surgeon will insert the IOL that you chose prior to surgery. In most cases, no stitches are required after surgery because the incisions are so small.
Cataract surgery typically takes less than 20 minutes, though you may be at the surgery center for a total of two to three hours.