There are several different options for your cataract operation:
The cataract operation is performed under IV sedation, NOT general anesthesia. There are no injections near your eyes. Instead, numbing eye drops are placed inside your eye. The cataract operation takes about 20 minutes to perform while you are lying on your back. You will need to have a friend or family member accompany you on the day of the cataract operation to drive you home. You may also want to have someone stay with you for at least a day to help you follow your cataract surgeon’s instructions following your cataract surgery. These instructions include the use of one COMBINED EYE MEDICATION with antibiotics following surgery.
Your ophthalmologist will need to check your eyes the next day, about one week later, and a month later. During these appointments, we will give you a final prescription for glasses, if needed. We will check your progress and make sure you have the care that you need until your eye fully recovers.
If you have cataracts in both eyes, we will discuss with you the best time to schedule your cataract operation on the second eye.