After learning they have a cataract, and being told about cataract surgery, many people are left wondering if cataract surgery is painful. Confronting having cataract surgery is often a very hard thing for people, and even the thought of having a lens removed is more than some people wish to think about. Those facing cataract surgery can rest assure that cataract surgery is rarely painful. Most people say that their surgery was very quick and painless.
Cataract surgery involves removing the natural lens in the eye and replacing it with an artificial lens. Modern cataract surgery most often takes place in a surgery center setting rather than a full hospital. Patients often remain awake during the procedure and return home the same day.
Before the surgery patients are usually started on eye drop to help reduce possible infection. Immediately before the surgery patients are usually given a mild anesthetic and the surgery is done under light anesthesia. Cataract surgery does not usually hurt.
Being a surgical procedure, patients are often required to obtain a medical history and physical prior to having cataract surgery. It is also extremely import to discuss all medications you are taking with both your regular doctor and your cataract surgeon. By following your doctor and surgeon’s advice, the potential for a painful cataract surgery is greatly reduced.
Following cataract surgery, most patients do not report pain. Some experience soreness around the area of the incision, but this soreness usually dissipates quickly. It is important to discuss any pain, and other symptoms with your surgeon following surgery. While infection due to cataract surgery is uncommon, it is very important to follow up with your surgeon after surgery despite having clear vision and no pain. Always attend your post cataract surgery appointments until cleared by your cataract surgeon. Always follow your cataract surgeons advice and report any vision issues (blurry vision etc) you have following surgery.